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James Mason (I) (1909–1984)

James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone Guthrie and of Alexander Korda, who ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 1985 The Assisi Underground
Bishop Nicolini
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 2 (1985) ... Tiberius
- Part 1 (1985) ... Tiberius
 1985 The Shooting Party
Sir Randolph Nettleby
 1984 Dr. Fischer of Geneva (TV Movie)
Dr. Fischer
 1983 Alexandre
The Father
 1982 A Dangerous Summer
George Engels
 1982 Ivanhoe (TV Movie)
Isaac of York
 1981 The Search for Alexander the Great (TV Mini-Series)
- Lord of Asia (1981) ... Narrator
- The Last March (1981) ... Narrator
- The Young Conqueror (1981) ... Narrator
- The Young Lion (1981) ... Narrator
 1980 ffolkes
Admiral Brinsden
 1979 Salem's Lot (TV Movie)
Richard K. Straker
 1979 Bloodline
Sir Alec Nichols
 1979 The Passage
Prof. John Bergson
 1978 Hot Stuff
 1978 The Water Babies
Mr. Grimes / Voice of Killer Shark
 1977 Cross of Iron
Oberst (Col.) Brandt
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Dr. Juan Remos
 1976 Alle origini della mafia (TV Mini-Series)
- Omertà (1976) ... Vianisi
 1975 The Flower in His Mouth
Avv. Antonio Bellocampo
 1975 Inside Out
Ernst Furben
 1975 Autobiography of a Princess
Cyril Sahib
 1975 Kidnap Syndicate
 1975 Mandingo
Warren Maxwell
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
 1974 The Destructors
Jacques Brizard
 1974 11 Harrowhouse
Charles D. Watts
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
Sir George Wheeler
 1973 John Keats: His Life and Death
Narrator (voice)
 1972 Child's Play
Jerome Malley
 1971 Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!
Alan Hamilton
 1971 The Search for the Nile (TV Mini-Series)
- Conquest and Death (1971) ... Narrator (voice)
- Find Livingstone (1971) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Great Debate (1971) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Secret Fountains (1971) ... Narrator (voice)
- Discovery and Betrayal (1971) ... Narrator (voice)
 1971 Appointment with Destiny (TV Series)
- The Plot to Murder Hitler (1971) ... Narrator
 1970 Cold Sweat
Captain Ross
 1970 Spring and Port Wine
Rafe Crompton
 1968 Duffy
Charles Calvert
 1967 Cop-Out
John Sawyer
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Bernard Sholto
- The Tormentors (1966) ... Bernard Sholto
 1965 The Uninhibited
Pascal Regnier
 1965 Genghis Khan
Kam Ling
 1965 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Torquil Callander
- A Tall, Stalwart Lancer (1965) ... Torquil Callander
 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
Bob Conway
 1963 Torpedo Bay
Captain Blayne
 1962 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
The Derelict
- The Scavenger (1962) ... The Derelict (as Enoch Gates)
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Warren Barrow
- Captive Audience (1962) ... Warren Barrow
 1962 Hero's Island
Jacob Weber
 1962 Tiara Tahiti
Capt. Brett Aimsley
 1962 Escape from Zahrain
Johnson (uncredited)
 1962 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
Maxim de Winter
- Rebecca (1962) ... Maxim de Winter
 1962 Golden Showcase (TV Series)
- Tonight in Samarkand (1962) ... Sourab
 1961 The Marriage-Go-Round
Paul Delville
 1960 John Brown's Raid (TV Movie)
John Brown
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Henry Chambers
- Once Upon a Knight (1960) ... Henry Chambers
 1957-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Hans Frick / John Brown / Hesketh / ...
- The Hiding Place (1960) ... Hans Frick
- The Second Man (1959) ... Hesketh
- Not the Glory (1958) ... Wilhelm Konreid
- The Thundering Wave (1957) ... Sidney Lowe
 1960 A Touch of Larceny
Cmdr. Max Easton
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
- A Sword for Marius (1959) ... Marius
 1958 The Decks Ran Red
Capt. Edwin Rummill
 1958 Cry Terror!
Jim Molner
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Vialez
- No Boat for Four Months (1958) ... Captain Vialez
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Wayne Sebastian
- The Questioning Note (1957) ... Wayne Sebastian
 1957 Island in the Sun
Maxwell Fleury
 1957 Panic! (TV Series)
- Marooned (1957) ... Father
 1956 The James Mason Show (TV Series)
Host / Performer
 1956 Bigger Than Life
Ed Avery
 1956 General Electric Summer Originals (TV Series)
- Duel at Dawn (1956)
 1956 Forever, Darling
The Guardian Angel
 1954 Charade
The Murderer / Maj. Linden / Jonah Watson
 1953/I The Tell-Tale Heart (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1953 The Man Between
Ivo Kern
 1953 The Story of Three Loves
Charles Coutray (segment "The Jealous Lover")
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1952 Botany Bay
Capt. Paul Gilbert
 1952 Lady Possessed
Jimmy Del Palma
 1950 One Way Street
Dr. Frank Matson
 1949 Caught
Larry Quinada
 1945 They Were Sisters
Geoffrey Lee
 1945 A Place of One's Own
 1944 Hotel Reserve
Peter Vadassy
 1943 They Met in the Dark
Richard Francis Heritage
 1943 The Man in Grey
Lord Rohan
 1943 The Bells Go Down
Ted Robbins
 1942 Secret Mission
Raoul de Carnot
 1942 Alibi
Andre Laurent
 1942 The Night Has Eyes
 1941 The Patient Vanishes
Mick Cardby
 1939 The Circle (TV Movie)
Edward Luton
 1939 I Met a Murderer
Mark Warrow
 1939 Square Pegs (TV Movie)
Lead role (27th February 1939 version)
 1939 Bees on the Boat-Deck (TV Movie)
Robert Patch
 1938 The Moon in the Yellow River (TV Movie)
Darrell Blake
 1937 Catch As Catch Can
Robert Leyland
 1937 The High Command
Capt. Heverell
 1937 Fire Over England
Hillary Vane
 1936 The Secret of Stamboul
 1936 Blind Man's Bluff
Stephen Neville
 1936 Troubled Waters
John Merriman
 1936 Prison Breaker
'Bunny' Barnes
 1936 Twice Branded
Henry Hamilton
 1935 Late Extra
Jim Martin
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Byron") in James Laver's "The Heart was Not Burned", at the Gate Studio Theatre in London, England, with Pamela Brown (as "Mrs. Keats"), Douglas Storm, Christine Lindsay, Maurice Denham, Harold Scott, Peter Scott and Peter Coke in the cast. Edward Wolfe was the designer. November 1938. See more »

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6 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 13 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 20 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Enoch Gates


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

I'm a character actor: the public never knows what it's getting by way of a Mason performance from one film to the next. I therefore represent a thoroughly insecure investment. See more »


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 small role, was cast and won an Oscar. See more »


Deep mellifluous voice See more »

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