James Mason
English actor
James Mason
James Neville Mason was an English actor who attained stardom in both British and American films. Mason remained a powerful figure in the industry throughout his career and was nominated for three Academy Awards as well as three Golden Globes (winning once).
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Adapting John le Carré Novels for the Movies
NYTimes - over 5 years
THE Englishman David Cornwell, who writes under the name John le Carré, has been a best-selling novelist for nearly five decades, and he has been, right from the start, an unusually perverse member of that select class: he writes books that practically beg not to be turned into movies. Of his 22 novels nearly all of them about the
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Beyonce Pregnant: 'A Star Is Born' Delayed By Clint Eastwood - Huffington Post
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This will be the fourth version of the film; previously, versions were produced starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson 1976, Judy Garland and James Mason in 1954 and Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937
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'The Artist': Can a silent flick speak to Oscar today? - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
George Cukor's 1954 classic earned six bids, including nominations for James Mason and Judy Garland, but it came up with scratch. "The Artist" is set in 1920s Hollywood as a swashbuckling fading star (Dujardin) resists the advance of talkies while
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Sandra Bernhard to LGBT Community: “Stand Firm” - Just Out (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The video is part of the Trailblazer Campaign, an effort by actor James Duke Mason (son of Belinda Carlisle, grandson of late actor James Mason) to encourage closeted gay actors and musicians, and the gay population at large, to come out,
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Mattura: James Mason enjoying Champions Tour life - NorthJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
Little-known James Mason has parlayed one wonderful week in North Jersey into a delightful decade on the Champions Tour. Mason, 60, is in his 10th season competing with the 50-and-over stars since coming from nowhere to win the NFL Golf Classic in 2002
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“Black Widower” - A.V. Club New York
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In Nicholas Ray's 1955 masterpiece Bigger Than Life, James Mason plays a cash-strapped teacher who begins receiving cortisone shots that transform him from a harried everyman to an insane narcissist
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Council cancels meeting due to summer lull - Mayerthorpe Freelancer
Google News - over 5 years
James Mason said that he was concerned that there would be a gap of more than a month between meetings if the second August meeting was cancelled. "I personally don't think we should be putting a council off until the next one," said Mason
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Director Silvio Narizanno dies - Variety
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By Variety Staff Silvio Narizzano, a Canadian-born film and TV director with wide-ranging credits but best known for his 1966 romantic comedy "Georgy Girl," starring Lynn Redgrave and James Mason, died July 26 in London. He was 84
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Robert Ryan's Quiet Furies
NYTimes - over 5 years
BORN to play beautifully tortured, angry souls, the actor Robert Ryan was a familiar movie face for more than two decades in Hollywood's classical years, his studio ups and downs, independent detours and outlier adventures paralleling the arc of American cinema as it went from a national pastime to near collapse. A little prettier and he might have
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The Irish Times - Saturday, August 6, 2011 - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
Brooding cads like James Mason. Smooth cads like George Sanders. The dangerous lover never quite goes away. In recent years, Dominic Cooper, a dreamy Londoner with bandit eyes, has been shaping up to become the signature cad for this era
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THEATER REVIEW | CONNECTICUT; ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’ in Westport - Review
NYTimes - over 5 years
I remembered the swimming pool. I didn’t remember the bug zapper. Terrence McNally’s “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” the Westport Country Playhouse’s singular new production, is a brilliant piece of quiet indirection. It is set in the early 1990s in that most upscale of gay settings — a beach house on Fire Island,
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Eddie Izzard finds his way - San Jose Mercury News
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He re-imagines God, as voiced by James Mason, or Darth Vader grumbling in the cafeteria line of the Death Star. All that normally would be enough to cement a comedian's reputation, but Izzard has never made it easy for himself
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Gone With the Wind - New York Times (blog)
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It's spoken, after all, by Vandamm, the villain played by James Mason, who is describing how he means to finish off the Eva Marie Saint character. (By dropping her in a lake, I guess, since they're in the middle of the country
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Prostitution Sting Leads To Arrests In Weirton - WTRF
Google News - over 5 years
James Mason, 54, of Parkersburg, and Shane Busic, 32, of Woodbine, Md., face charges of solicitation of prostitution. Tony Cammel, 48, owns Rumorz and Marshall said Cammel turned himself in to police Monday afternoon
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Let the challenges begin - Utica Observer Dispatch (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
James Mason Sr.'s name is prominently displayed on several signs in Corn Hill promoting him for the legislature's District 25. In the next few weeks, expect more information here on whether the Republican legislator, Hendricks, is running and just what
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Court issues 18-month sentence for driver in friend's death - Delmarva Now
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SNOW HILL -- Jesse James Mason will serve 18 months behind bars for causing the death of Hunter Lee Stonnell. Mason pleaded guilty to negligent homicide by a vehicle while impaired in April. During a court hearing he was sentenced to three years in
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Vansandt retires after 41 years as a cop - DeWitt Era-Enterprise
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When DeWitt Police Chief James Mason approached Darryll Vansandt about becoming a police officer in June 1970, the 21-year-old thought “it seemed like a good place to work.” Vansandt never waivered in that opinion; he spent 41 years as a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Mason
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1984
    Age 74
    He died as result of another heart attack on 27 July 1984 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was cremated.
    More Details Hide Details Mason left his entire estate to his second wife, Clarissa Kaye, but his will was challenged by his two children and the lawsuit had not been settled when she died on 21 July 1994 from cancer. Clarissa Kaye Mason left her holdings to the religious guru Sathya Sai Baba, including the actor's ashes which she had retained in their shared home. Mason's children sued Sai Baba burying them 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 children specified that his headstone read: "Never say in grief you are sorry he's gone. Rather, say in thankfulness you are grateful he was here," words that were spoken to Morgan Mason by Teddy Kennedy after the actor's death.
  • FORTIES
  • 1959
    Age 49
    Mason survived a severe heart attack in 1959.
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  • 1952
    Age 42
    In 1952, Mason purchased a house previously owned by Buster Keaton.
    More Details Hide Details He discovered several nitrate film reels of previously-thought-lost films stored in the house and produced by the comedian, such as The Boat. Mason arranged to have the decomposing films transferred to safety stock and thus saved them from being permanently lost. Mason was married twice: Mason's autobiography, Before I Forget, was published in 1981.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 39
    Mason was a devoted lover of animals, particularly cats. He and his wife, Pamela Mason, co-authored the book The Cats in Our Lives, which was published in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1948
    Age 38
    He was the most popular male star in Canada in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details Mason's "languid but impassioned" vocal talent enabled him to play a menacing villain as easily as his good looks assisted him as a leading man. His roles include Brutus in Julius Caesar (1953), Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel and The Desert Rats, the amoral valet turned spy in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 5 Fingers, the declining actor in the first remake of A Star Is Born (1954), Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (also 1954), a small town school teacher driven insane by the effects of cortisone in Bigger Than Life (1956), a suave master spy in North by Northwest (1959) and a determined explorer in Journey to the Centre of the Earth (also 1959). In the 1950s, Mason was host of Lux Video Theatre on CBS television.
  • 1946
    Age 36
    They also thought he was the most popular international star in 1946; he dropped to second place the following year.
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  • 1944
    Age 34
    After achieving much success in the United Kingdom, where he was the top box office attraction in 1944 and 1945, he made the transition to the United States and became one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
    More Details Hide Details His iconic films included The Desert Fox, A Star Is Born, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Lolita, North by Northwest, Prisoner of Zenda, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Bigger Than Life, Julius Caesar, Georgy Girl, The Deadly Affair, Age of Consent, Heaven Can Wait, The Boys from Brazil, The Verdict, Mandingo, Murder by Decree and Salem's Lot. He was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes (winning the Golden Globe in 1955 for A Star is Born). Mason was born 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 as an actor and initially embarked upon it for fun.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 25
    From 1935-38, he starred in many British quota quickies.
    More Details Hide Details He registered as a conscientious objector during the Second World War (causing his family to break with him for many years), but his tribunal exempted him only on the requirement to do non-combatant military service, which he refused; his appeal against this became irrelevant by including him in a general exemption for film work. Mason became hugely popular for his brooding anti-heroes in the Gainsborough series of melodramas of the 1940s, including The Man in Grey (1943) and The Wicked Lady (1945). He also starred with Deborah Kerr and Robert Newton in Hatter's Castle (1942). He then took the lead role in the popular The Seventh Veil (1945), which set box office records in post-war Britain and raised him to international stardom. He followed it with a role as a mortally wounded IRA bank robber on the run in Odd Man Out (1947) and his first Hollywood film, Caught (1949). Exhibitors voted him the most popular star in Britain in each year between 1944 and 1947.
  • 1933
    Age 23
    In 1933 Alexander Korda gave Mason a small role in The Private Life of Don Juan but sacked him three days into shooting.
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  • 1931
    Age 21
    After Cambridge he made his stage debut in Aldershot in The Rascal in 1931.
    More Details Hide Details He joined The Old Vic theatre in London under the guidance of Tyrone Guthrie.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1909
    Born
    Born on May 15, 1909.
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