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James Mason
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For other persons named James Mason, see James Mason (disambiguation).
James Mason

Born James Neville Mason
15 May 1909
Huddersfield, England
Died 27 July 1984 (aged 75)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Spouse(s) Pamela Mason (1941–1964)
Clarissa Kaye-Mason (1971–1984)
James Neville Mason (15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was a British actor who attained stardom in both British and American films. Throughout his career, Mason remained a powerful figure in the industry and he is now regarded as one of the finest film actors of the 20th century. He was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes (he won a Golden Globe once).
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[edit]Early life
Mason was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, to John and Mabel Mason; his father was a wealthy merchant. Mason had no formal training as an actor and initially embarked upon it for fun. He was educated at Marlborough College, and earned a first in architecture at Peterhouse, Cambridge where he became involved in stock theatre companies in his spare time. After Cambridge he joined the Old Vic theatre in London under the guidance of Tyrone Guthrie and Alexander Korda, who gave Mason a small film role in 1933 but fired him a few days into shooting.
From 1935 to 1948 he starred in many British quota quickies. A conscientious objector during World War II (something which caused his family to break with him for many years), he became immensely popular for his brooding anti-heroes in the Gainsborough series of melodramas of the 1940s, including The Man in Grey and The Wicked Lady. He also starred with Deborah Kerr and Robert Newton in 1942's Hatter's Castle. Mason starred in the critically acclaimed and immensely popular The Seventh Veil that set box office records in postwar Britain and catapulted him to international film stardom. In 1949, he made his first Hollywood film, Caught, and then went on to star in many more feature films and early TV shows.
Mason's distinctive voice enabled him to play a menacing villain as greatly as his good looks assisted him as a leading man. His roles include the declining actor in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born, a mortally wounded Irish revolutionary in Odd Man Out, Brutus in Julius Caesar, General Erwin Rommel twice—in The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, and in The Desert Rats—Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a small town school teacher driven insane by the effects of Cortisone in Bigger Than Life, a suave master spy in North by Northwest, a determined explorer in Journey to the Center of the Earth, Humbert Humbert in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, a hired assassin sent to kill Peter O'Toole's character in Lord Jim, the vampire's servant, Richard Straker, in Salem's Lot, and a surreal pirate captain in Yellowbeard. One of his last roles, that of corrupt lawyer Ed Concannon in The Verdict, earned him his third and final Oscar nomination.
Mason was once considered to play James Bond in a 1958 TV adaptation of From Russia with Love, which was ultimately never produced. Despite being in his fifties, he was still under consideration to play Bond in Dr. No before Sean Connery was cast. He was also approached to appear as Bond villain Hugo Drax in Moonraker, however, he turned this down despite his renowned tendency to take any job offered him – which led to appearances in films such as The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go, Bloodline and Hunt the Man Down. His final screen-work was playing the lead role in Dr Fischer of Geneva (adapted from the Graham Greene novel of the same title) as the eccentric wealthy businessman who played games with the Swiss upper class, such as offering gifts to his guests on the proviso they accepted some humiliating ritual activity (such as wearing a child's bib at the dinner table).
In the late 1970s, Mason became a mentor to up-and-coming actor Sam Neill.
Late in life, he served as narrator for a British television series on the films of Charlie Chaplin, Unknown Chaplin, which was aired in the U.S. on PBS and later issued on home video.[1]
[edit]Private life
Mason was a devoted lover of animals, particularly cats. He and Pamela Kellino Mason co-authored the book The Cats in Our Lives, which was published in 1949. James Mason wrote most of the book and also illustrated it. In The Cats in Our Lives, he recounted humorous and sometimes touching tales of the cats (as well as a few dogs) he had known and loved.
Mason was married twice:
Firstly from 1941 to 1964 to British-American actress Pamela Mason (née Ostrer) (1916-1996); one daughter, Portland Mason Schuyler (1948–2004), and one son, Morgan (who is married to Belinda Carlisle, the former lead singer of The Go-Go's). Portland Mason was named after Portland Hoffa, the wife of the American radio comedian Fred Allen; the Allens and the Masons were friends.
Australian actress Clarissa Kaye (1971-his death). Tobe Hooper's DVD commentary for Salem's Lot reveals that Mason regularly worked contractual clauses into his later work guaranteeing Kaye bit parts in his film appearances.
Mason's autobiography, Before I Forget, was published in 1981.

Mason survived a major heart attack in 1959 and died as a result of another on July 27, 1984 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was cremated and (after a delay of 16 years) his ashes were buried in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. The remains of Mason's old friend Charlie Chaplin are in a tomb a few steps away.
Mason's widow, Clarissa Kaye, also known as Kaye-Mason, died in 1994 from cancer.
Filmografia de James Mason

US TV Schedule:
Mon. Nov. 2 10:15 PM TCM North by Northwest
Jump to filmography as: Actor, Producer, Writer, Director, Self, Archive Footage
Dr. Fischer of Geneva (1985) (TV) .... Dr. Fischer
... aka The Bomb Party (Australia)
The Assisi Underground (1985) .... Bishop Nicolini
"A.D." (1985) TV mini-series .... Tiberius
... aka A.D. - Anno Domini
The Shooting Party (1985) .... Sir Randolph Nettleby
"George Washington" (1984) TV mini-series .... Gen. Edward Braddock
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983) (TV) .... Demon
Yellowbeard (1983) .... Captain Hughes
Alexandre (1983) .... The Father
The Verdict (1982) .... Ed Concannon
A Dangerous Summer (1982) .... George Engels
... aka Burning Man
... aka Flash Fire (USA: video title)
Ivanhoe (1982) (TV) .... Isaac of York
Evil Under the Sun (1982) .... Odell Gardener
... aka Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun (UK: complete title)
Socrates (1982) .... Socrates
"The Search for Alexander the Great" (1981) TV mini-series .... Host/Narrator

Salem's Lot (1979) (TV) .... Richard K. Straker
... aka Blood Thirst
... aka Salem's Lot: The Miniseries
... aka Salem's Lot: The Movie (USA: cable TV title (cut version))
Bloodline (1979) .... Sir Alec Nichols
... aka Blutspur (West Germany)
... aka Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline
The Passage (1979) .... Professor Bergson
Murder by Decree (1979) .... Dr. John H. Watson
... aka Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack (USA)
... aka Sherlock Holmes: Murder by Decree
North Sea Hijack (1979) .... Admiral Brindsen
... aka Assault Force (USA: TV title)
... aka ffolkes (USA)
The Boys from Brazil (1978) .... Eduard Seibert
... aka Boys from the Brussel (Philippines: English title)
Heaven Can Wait (1978) .... Mr. Jordan
The Water Babies (1978) .... Mr. Grimes/Voice of Killer Shark
... aka Slip Slide Adventures
"Jesus of Nazareth" (1977) TV mini-series .... Joseph of Arimathea
... aka Gesù di Nazareth (Italy)
Cross of Iron (1977) .... Oberst Brandt
... aka Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz (West Germany)
Voyage of the Damned (1976) .... Dr. Juan Remos
"Alle origini della mafia" .... Vianisi (1 episode, 1976)
... aka Origins of the Mafia (International: English title)
- Omertà (1976) TV episode .... Vianisi
Paura in città (1976) .... Prosecutor
... aka Fear in the City (UK)
... aka Hot Stuff (USA)
... aka Street War
Inside Out (1975) .... Ernst Furben
... aka Ein genialer Bluff (West Germany: TV title)
... aka Hitler's Gold
... aka The Golden Heist
Autobiography of a Princess (1975) .... Cyril Sahib
La città sconvolta: caccia spietata ai rapitori (1975) .... Ing. Filippini
... aka Kidnap Syndicate (USA)
... aka La città sconvolta
Mandingo (1975) .... Warren Maxwell
La polizia interviene: ordine di uccidere (1975) .... Senator Leandri
... aka La mano sinistra della legge
... aka The Left Hand of the Law
Gente di rispetto (1975) .... Avv. Antonio Bellocampo
... aka The Flower in His Mouth (USA)
... aka The Masters
... aka The Schoolmistress and the Devil
Great Expectations (1974) (TV) .... Magwitch
11 Harrowhouse (1974) .... Charles D. Watts
... aka Anything for Love (USA: TV title)
... aka Eleven Harrowhouse
... aka Fast Fortune
The Marseille Contract (1974) .... Jacques Brizard
... aka Marseille contrat (France)
... aka The Destructors (USA)
Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) (TV) .... Dr. John Polidori
The MacKintosh Man (1973) .... Sir George Wheeler
The Last of Sheila (1973) .... Philip
Child's Play (1972) .... Jerome Malley
Kill! (1971) .... Alan Hamilton
... aka Kill! (West Germany)
... aka Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! (USA)
... aka Kill: matar (Spain)
... aka Police Magnum (France)
Bad Man's River (1971) .... Francisco Montero
... aka E continuavano a fregarsi il milione di dollari (Italy)
... aka El hombre de Río Malo (Spain)
... aka Hunt the Man Down (USA)
... aka Les quatre mercenaires d'El Paso (France)
"The Search for the Nile" .... Narrator (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
- Conquest and Death (1971) TV episode (voice) .... Narrator
- Find Livingstone (1971) TV episode (voice) .... Narrator
- The Great Debate (1971) TV episode (voice) .... Narrator
- The Secret Fountains (1971) TV episode (voice) .... Narrator
- Discovery and Betrayal (1971) TV episode (voice) .... Narrator
(1 more)
"Appointment with Destiny" .... Narrator (1 episode, 1971)
- The Plot to Murder Hitler (1971) TV episode .... Narrator
De la part des copains (1970) .... Captain Ross
... aka Cold Sweat (UK) (USA)
... aka De vrienden laten groeten (Belgium: Flemish title)
... aka From the Boys (International: English title: informal literal title)
... aka L'uomo dalle due ombre (Italy)
Spring and Port Wine (1970) .... Rafe Crompton
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go (1970) .... Y. Y. Go
... aka The Third Eye

Age of Consent (1969) .... Bradley Morahan
A Tall, Stalwart Lancer (1969) (TV) .... Torquil Callander
The Legend of Silent Night (1968) (TV) .... Franz Gruber
The Sea Gull (1968) .... Trigorin, a writer
... aka Chekov's The Sea Gull (UK: complete title)
Mayerling (1968) .... Emperor Franz-Josef
... aka Terence Young's Mayerling (UK: complete title)
Duffy (1968) .... Charles Calvert
Stranger in the House (1967) .... John Sawyer
... aka Cop-Out (USA)
"ITV Play of the Week" .... Bernard Sholto (1 episode, 1966)
... aka Play of the Week (UK: short title)
- The Tormentors (1966) TV episode .... Bernard Sholto
The Deadly Affair (1966) .... Charles Dobbs
Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn (1966) (TV) .... Otto Hoffman
Georgy Girl (1966) .... James Leamington
The Blue Max (1966) .... General Count von Klugermann
"ABC Stage 67" .... Otto Hoffmann (1 episode, 1966)
- Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? (1966) TV episode .... Otto Hoffmann
"Dr. Kildare" .... Dr. Maxwell Becker (4 episodes, 1965)
- The Horizontal Hero (1965) TV episode .... Dr. Maxwell Becker
- Web of Hate (1965) TV episode .... Dr. Maxwell Becker
- A Life for a Life (1965) TV episode .... Dr. Maxwell Becker
- Behold the Great Man (1965) TV episode .... Dr. Maxwell Becker
Los pianos mecánicos (1965) .... Pascal Regnier
... aka Amori di una calda estate (Italy)
... aka Die Versuchung heißt Jenny (West Germany)
... aka Les pianos mécaniques (France)
... aka The Player Pianos
... aka The Uninhibited (USA)
Genghis Khan (1965) .... Kam Ling
... aka Dschingis Khan (West Germany)
... aka Dzingis-Kan
Lord Jim (1965) .... Gentleman Brown
The Pumpkin Eater (1964) .... Bob Conway
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) .... Timonides
Beta Som (1963) .... Captain Blayne
... aka Défi à Gibraltar (France)
... aka Finché dura la tempesta (Italy)
... aka Torpedo Bay (USA)
"Stoney Burke" .... Enoch Gates, the 'Derelict' (1 episode, 1962)
- The Scavenger (1962) TV episode .... Enoch Gates, the 'Derelict'
"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" .... Warren Barrow (1 episode, 1962)
- Captive Audience (1962) TV episode .... Warren Barrow
Hero's Island (1962) .... Jacob Weber/Major Bonnet, Pirate
... aka The Land We Love
Tiara Tahiti (1962) .... Capt. Brett Aimsley
Lolita (1962) .... Prof. Humbert Humbert
Escape from Zahrain (1962) (uncredited) .... Johnson
Rebecca (1962) (TV) .... Maxim de Winter
The Marriage-Go-Round (1961) .... Paul Delville
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) .... Sir Edward Carson
... aka The Green Carnation
... aka The Man with the Green Carnation
... aka The Trial of Oscar Wilde
"The DuPont Show with June Allyson" .... Henry Chambers (1 episode, 1960)
... aka The June Allyson Show
- Once Upon a Knight (1960) TV episode .... Henry Chambers
"Playhouse 90" .... Hans Frick / ... (5 episodes, 1957-1960)
- The Hiding Place (1960) TV episode .... Hans Frick
- John Brown's Raid (1960) TV episode .... John Brown
- The Second Man (1959) TV episode .... Hesketh
- Not the Glory (1958) TV episode .... Wilhelm Konreid
- The Thundering Wave (1957) TV episode .... Sidney Lowe

A Touch of Larceny (1959) .... Cmdr. Max Easton
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) .... Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook
... aka Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth
... aka Trip to the Center of the Earth
North by Northwest (1959) .... Phillip Vandamm
... aka Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (USA: complete title)
"Goodyear Theatre" .... Marius (1 episode, 1959)
... aka Award Theatre (USA: syndication title)
... aka Golden Years of Television (USA: cable TV title)
- A Sword for Marius (1959) TV episode .... Marius
The Decks Ran Red (1958) .... Capt. Edwin Rummill
Cry Terror! (1958) .... Jim Molner
"Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" .... Captain Vialez (1 episode, 1958)
... aka Herald Playhouse (USA: syndication title)
... aka Schlitz Playhouse (USA: new title)
... aka The Playhouse (USA: syndication title)
- No Boat for Four Months (1958) TV episode .... Captain Vialez
"General Electric Theater" .... Wayne Sebastian (1 episode, 1957)
... aka G.E. Theater (USA: informal short title)
... aka G.E. True Theater (USA: new title)
- The Questioning Note (1957) TV episode .... Wayne Sebastian
Island in the Sun (1957) .... Maxwell Fleury
"Panic!" (1 episode, 1957)
... aka No Warning (USA: second season title)
- Marooned (1957) TV episode
Bigger Than Life (1956) .... Ed Avery
"General Electric Summer Originals" (1 episode, 1956)
- Duel at Dawn (1956) TV episode
Forever, Darling (1956) .... The Guardian Angel
"The James Mason Show" (1956) TV series .... Host/Performer
"Lux Video Theatre" .... Host (1 episode, 1955)
... aka Summer Video Theatre (USA: summer title)
- A Bell for Adano (1955) TV episode .... Host
20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) .... Captain Nemo
... aka Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (USA: complete title)
... aka Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (USA: poster title)
A Star Is Born (1954) .... Norman Maine
Prince Valiant (1954) .... Sir Brack
The Tell-Tale Heart (1953/I) (voice) .... Narrator
The Man Between (1953) .... Ivo Kern
Julius Caesar (1953) .... Brutus
... aka William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
The Desert Rats (1953) .... Field Marshal Erwin von Rommel
Botany Bay (1953) .... Capt. Paul Gilbert
The Story of Three Loves (1953) .... Charles Coutray (segment "The Jealous Lover")
... aka Equilibrium
... aka Three Stories of Love
"Omnibus" .... Napoleon (1 episode, 1953)
- The Love Story of Napoleon (1953) TV episode .... Napoleon
Charade (1953) .... The Murderer/Maj. Linden/Jonah Watson
Face to Face (1952) .... The Captain ('The Secret Sharer')
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) .... Rupert of Hentzau
5 Fingers (1952) .... Ulysses Diello
... aka Five Fingers
Lady Possessed (1952) .... Jimmy Del Palma
The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951) .... Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel
... aka Rommel, Desert Fox (UK)
... aka The Desert Fox (USA: short title)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) .... Hendrik van der Zee
One Way Street (1950) .... Dr. Frank Matson

East Side, West Side (1949) .... Brandon Bourne
The Reckless Moment (1949) .... Martin Donnelly
Madame Bovary (1949) .... Gustave Flaubert
Caught (1949) .... Larry Quinada
The Upturned Glass (1947) .... Michael Joyce
Odd Man Out (1947) .... Johnny McQueen
... aka Gang War
The Wicked Lady (1945) .... Captain Jerry Jackson
The Seventh Veil (1945) .... Nicholas
They Were Sisters (1945) .... Geoffrey Lee
A Place of One's Own (1945) .... Mr. Henry Smedhurst
Hotel Reserve (1944) .... Peter Vadassy
... aka Epitaph for a Spy
Candlelight in Algeria (1944) .... Alan Thurston
Fanny by Gaslight (1944) .... Lord Manderstoke
... aka Man of Evil (USA)
They Met in the Dark (1943) .... Richard Francis Heritage
The Man in Grey (1943) .... Lord Rohan
The Bells Go Down (1943) .... Ted Robbins
Thunder Rock (1942) .... Streeter
Secret Mission (1942) .... Raoul de Carnot
Alibi (1942) .... Andre Laurent
The Night Has Eyes (1942) .... Stephen Deremid
... aka Terror House (USA)
Hatter's Castle (1942) .... Dr. Renwick
... aka A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle (USA)
The Patient Vanishes (1941) .... Mick Cardby
... aka This Man Is Dangerous

The Circle (1939) (TV) .... Edward Luton
L'avare (1939) (TV) .... Valere - in love with Elise
I Met a Murderer (1939) .... Mark Warrow
Square Pegs (1939) (TV) .... Lead role (27th February 1939 version)
Bees on the Boat-Deck (1939) (TV) .... Robert Patch
The Moon in the Yellow River (1938) (TV) .... Darrell Blake
Cyrano de Bergerac (1938) (TV) .... Christian de Neuvillette
Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937) .... Jean Tallien
Catch As Catch Can (1937) .... Robert Leyland
... aka Atlantic Episode
Fire Over England (1937) .... Hillary Vane
The Mill on the Floss (1937) .... Tom Tulliver
Troubled Waters (1936) .... John Merriman
Blind Man's Bluff (1936) .... Stephen Neville
Prison Breaker (1936) .... 'Bunny' Barnes
The High Command (1936) .... Capt. Heverell
Twice Branded (1936) .... Henry Hamilton
Secret of Stamboul (1936) .... Larry
... aka The Spy in White
Late Extra (1935) .... Jim Martin

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