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.

BlogHub Articles:

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By Stephen Reginald on Nov 27, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

is the “Odd Man Out” Odd Man Out (1947) is a British film directed by Carol Reed and starring and Robert Newton. The film made Mason an international film star and elevated Reed to the ranks of the top directors of the day.Johnny McQueen (Mason) is a member o... Read full article


45th Annual Seattle International Film Festival: A Collage of Clips in Invest in Failure (Notes on Film 06-C, Monologue 03) (2018)

By KC on May 21, 2019 From Classic Movies

While I think that it is usually best to go into a film cold in order to enjoy it fully, the work of Austrian filmmaker Norbert Pfaffenbichler benefits from some explanation. His experimental works are accessible, but require preparation. Invest in Failure (Notes on Film 06-C, Monologue 03) (2018), ... Read full article


THE BLOGATHON: 5 Fingers (1952)

on Oct 5, 2018 From Caftan Woman

The Blogathon hosted by Maddy Loves Her Classic Movies runs on October 5th and 6th. Click HERE for the tributes to the revered actor. Based on a true story, the spy drama could easily fall into the category of the post-war film-noir docudramas, but as it was directed by and was co-writt... Read full article


By Dawn Sample on Aug 11, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

(15 May 1909 - 27 July 1984). While he was attending Marlborough College studyingarchitecture, he also began performing in stock theatre companies for fun. After Cambridge he joined the Old Vic theatre in London under the guidance of Tyrone Guthrie and Alexander Korda. In 1933 Korda gav... Read full article


2012 tcm SUTS Blogathon Day 11:

By ScribeHard on Aug 11, 2012 From ScribeHard on Film

It’s not quantity … it’s quality. Welcome The Gal Herself to the blogathon! ?She offers a valentine to Norman Maine.... Read full article


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James Mason Quotes:

Mr. Smedhurst: If there's one thing I can't stand, it's mystery.


Gustave Flaubert: She had learned to be a woman for whom experience would always be a prison, and freedom would lie always beyond the horizon.


Phillip Vandamm: That wasn't very sporting, using real bullets.


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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).

Was responsible for getting an unknown actor from New Zealand his first major film role. That actor was Sam Neill .

Was scheduled to play James Bond 007 in a 1958 TV adaptation of From Russia with Love, which was ultimately never produced. Later, despite being in his 50s, Mason was a contender to play Bond in Dr. No (1962) before Sean Connery was cast.

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