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James Mason

Best know for his roles in Lolita, North by Northwest, Heaven Can Wait and The Boys from Brazil.

Filmography

1935      

Late Extra

Fighting Shadows

 

1936      

Twice Branded

Prison Breaker

Troubled Waters

Blind Man’s Bluff

Secret of Stamboul

The Mill on the Floss

 

1937      

Fire Over England

The High Command

Catch As Catch Can

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel

 

1939      

I Met a Murderer

 

1941      

This Man Is Dangerous (released in the U.S. as The Patient Vanishes)

 

1942      

Hatter’s Castle

The Night Has Eyes (released in the U.S. as Terror House)

Alibi

Secret Mission

Thunder Rock

 

1943      

The Bells Go Down

The Man in Grey

They Met in the Dark

 

1944      

Candlelight in Algeria

Fanny by Gaslight (released in the U.S. as Man of Evil)

Hotel Reserve

 

1945      

A Place of One’s Own

They Were Sisters

The Seventh Veil

The Wicked Lady

 

1947      

Odd Man Out

The Upturned Glass

 

1949      

Caught

Madame Bovary

The Reckless Moment

East Side, West Side

 

1950      

One Way Street

 

1951      

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

The Desert Fox

 

1952      

Lady Possessed

5 Fingers

Face to Face

The Prisoner of Zenda

Botany Bay

 

1953      

The Story of Three Loves

The Desert Rats

Julius Caesar

The Man Between

The Tell-Tale Heart

 

1954      

Prince Valiant

Charade

A Star Is Born

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

 

1956      

Forever, Darling

Bigger Than Life

 

1957      

Island in the Sun

 

1958      

Cry Terror!

The Decks Ran Red

 

1959      

North by Northwest

A Touch of Larceny

Journey to the Center of the Earth

 

1960      

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

 

1961      

The Marriage-Go-Round

 

1962      

Escape from Zahrain

Lolita

Tiara Tahiti

Hero’s Island

 

1963      

Torpedo Bay

 

1964      

The Fall of the Roman Empire

The Pumpkin Eater

 

1965      

Lord Jim

Genghis Khan

The Uninhibited

 

1966      

The Deadly Affair

Georgy Girl

The Blue Max

Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn

 

1967      

The London Nobody Knows

Stranger in the House

 

1968      

Duffy

Mayerling

The Sea Gull

 

1969      

Age of Consent

 

1970      

Spring and Port Wine

Cold Sweat

The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go

 

1971      

Bad Man’s River

Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! (fr)

 

1972      

Child’s Play

 

1973      

John Keats: His Life and Death

The Last of Sheila

The Mackintosh Man

 

1974      

11 Harrowhouse

The Marseille Contract (released as The Destructors)

 

1975      

The Year of the Wildebeest

Mandingo

Kidnap Syndicate

The Left Hand of the Law

Autobiography of a Princess

Inside Out

The Flower in His Mouth

 

1976      

People of the Wind

Voyage of the Damned

Fear in the City

 

1977      

Cross of Iron

Homage to Chagall: The Colours of Love

 

1978      

The Water Babies

Heaven Can Wait

The Boys from Brazil

 

1979      

North Sea Hijack

Murder by Decree

The Passage

Bloodline

 

1982      

Evil Under the Sun

Ivanhoe

A Dangerous Summer

The Verdict

Socrates

 

1983      

Yellowbeard

Alexandre

 

1984      

Dr. Fischer of Geneva

 

1985      

The Shooting Party

The Assisi Underground

Awards

James Mason was nominated once for an Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Star Is Born (1954) and twice for an Academy Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Georgy Girl (1966), and The Verdict (1982).

How do I wish to be remembered, if at all? I think perhaps just as a fairly desirable sort of character actor. ~James Mason

James Neville Mason was born May 15, 1909 in Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, to Mabel Hattersley (Gaunt) and John Mason. His father was a wealthy textile merchant. 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. Mason had no formal training in acting and initially embarked upon it for fun. After Cambridge, he made his stage debut in Aldershot in The Rascal in 1931. He joined The Old Vic theatre in London under the guidance of Tyrone