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James Mason Overview:

Legendary actor, James Mason, was born James Neville Mason on May 15, 1909 in Huddersfield, England. Mason appeared in over 150 film and TV roles. His best known films include Madame Bovary (as Gustave Flaubert), A Star Is Born 1954 (opposite Judy Garland as Norman Maine), 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (as Captain Nemo), North by Northwest (as Phillip Vandamm), Journey to the Center of the Earth (as Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook), Lolita (as Prof. Humbert Humbert), and Georgy Girl (as James Leamington). Mason died at the age of 75 on Jul 27, 1984 in Lausanne, Switzerland and was laid to rest in Corsier Cemetery, Corsier-Sur-Vevey in Vaud Canton, Switzerland.

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James Mason had a rich, mellow voice and saturnine, sardonic looks. The darker the drama, the more effective he proved, especially as suave villains, men on the run or characters trapped by circumstance. His scathing comments on the British film industry of the forties ostracized him for a time, and he went to Hollywood where, although alternating quality product with utter tosh, he gradually became one of the world's most respected actors.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Mason was nominated for three Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1954Best ActorA Star Is Born (1954)Norman Maine/Alfred HinkelNominated
1966Best Supporting ActorGeorgy Girl (1966)James LeamingtonNominated
1982Best Supporting ActorThe Verdict (1982)Edward ConcannonNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. James Mason's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #107 on Mar 30, 1954.

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James Mason Quotes:

Gustave Flaubert: Forgiveness is still, as I understand it, among the Christian sentiments.


Captain Nemo: Think of it. On the surface there is hunger and fear. Men still exercise unjust laws. They fight, tear one another to pieces. A mere few feet beneath the waves their reign ceases, their evil drowns. Here on the ocean floor is the only independence. Here I am free! Imagine what would happen if they controlled machines such as this submarine boat. Far better that they think there's a monster and hunt me with harpoons.


Sir Gawain: You turned out to be flinging rocks like any lowborn ruffian. Why I've never been unhorsed by such a scurvy trick!


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11 years after being mentioned in Rope (1948) as making an excellent villain, he was finally cast by Alfred Hitchcock as such in North by Northwest (1959).

Can be seen visiting the set of Stanley Kubrick 's The Shining (1980) in Vivian Kubrick's TV documentary Making 'The Shining' (1980) (TV). Stanley Kubrick did not usually allow visitors to his set, but made an exception for Mason, who had memorably played Humbert Humbert for him in Lolita (1962) .

Was the original choice to play Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase (1973) , but had to turn down the role due to poor health. John Houseman , who had acted in only one other movie in a bit part, was cast and won an Oscar.

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