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James Mason

Actor
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Net worth 2018: $1.3 Million
Residence: Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Country: British
BirthDay: 15 May 1909
Sigh: Gemini
Died On: July 27, 1984
Education: Peterhouse, Cambridge, Marlborough College
BIOGRAPHY

James Mason was bornon 15 May 1909 in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, British, is Actor. James Mason is amongst a few actors to have reached the top spot in both the United Kingdom and the United States. A dynamic actor and performer, Mason had a very successful career in the film industry. What gave him the edge was the ease with which he played characters of both good and evil intent. While his velvety voice made him pose as a perfect villain, his cultured demeanour and good looks helped him play the role of a hero with élan. Interestingly, Mason’s acting career was not an intended and a well-planned one. What actually started as a casual tryst eventually turned into a full-time profession. He started off in Britain, as a theatre actor and later took up film roles. After gaining the star status in his homeland, Mason ventured into Hollywood. Unlike the British films, Hollywood flicks were more glamorous and pompous. However, Mason did not let the novelty hamper his performance and accustomed himself to playing different types of characters. His big breakthrough came in 1954 with the film ‘A Star is Born’. It won him Golden Globe award and Academy award nomination for Best Actor.

TIMELINE
1985

The 1985 film ‘The Shooting Party’ was Mason’s last film as an actor

1984

However, in 1984, he succumbed to it on July 27, 1984

1980

In the 1980s, Mason brought to life the role of a corrupt lawyer, Ed Concannon in ‘The Verdict’

1975

Following this, he played a river pirate in ‘Lord Jim’, Bradley Morahan in ‘Age of Consent’, Doctor Polidori in ‘Frankenstein: The True Story’, Richard Staker in ‘Salem’s Lot’ and Captain Hughes in ‘Yellowbeard’In 1975, Mason starred in ‘Mandingo’ that bombed badly at the box office

1971

In 1971, he married Australian actress Clarissa Kaye

1960

Mason suffered from ill health towards the beginning of the 1960s

1954

Mason struck gold with the 1954 remake of the original 1934 film ‘A Star is Born’

1953

He played Brutus in ‘Julius Caesar’ in 1953, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in ‘The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel’ and a valet turned spy in ‘5 Fingers’

1950

Towards the end of the 1950s, film like ‘Bigger Than Life’, ‘North by Northest’ and ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ saw him play a varied variety of roles

1949

The year 1949 was a big one for Mason as he made his Hollywood debut with the movie, ‘Caught’

1947

He followed it up with the 1947 film, ‘Odd Man Out’ wherein he played the character of a mortally wounded IRA bank robber

1945

In 1945, Mason took up a lead role in the film, ‘The Seventh Veil’

1940

During the first half of the 1940s, Mason featured in a couple of melodramatic flicks as an anti-hero, including, ‘The Man in Grey’ and ‘The Wicked Lady’

1933

In 1933, he secured a small role in Alexandra Korda’s film ‘The Private Life of Don Juan’ but was sacked after three days

1931

He made his stage debut in Aldershot for ‘The Rascal’ in 1931

1909

James Mason was born to Mabel Hattersley Gaunt and John Mason in Huddersfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire on May 15, 1909

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