James Mason (I) (1909–1984)

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James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Huddersfield Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough College and Cambridge University, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following 4 years in repertory companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone... See full bio »

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Known For

Lolita Prof. Humbert Humbert
A Star Is Born Norman Maine
North by Northwest Phillip Vandamm
The Verdict Ed Concannon


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 1985 The Assisi Underground
Bishop Nicolini
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini Series)
- Part 2 (1985) ... Tiberius
- Part 1 (1985) ... Tiberius
 1984 The Shooting Party
Sir Randolph Nettleby
 1984 Dr. Fischer of Geneva (TV Movie)
Dr. Fischer
 1984 George Washington (TV Mini Series)
General Braddock
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... General Braddock
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... General Braddock
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... General Braddock
 1983 Alexandre
The Father
 1983 Yellowbeard
Captain Hughes
 1982 Socrates
 1982 The Verdict
Ed Concannon
 1982 A Dangerous Summer
George Engels
 1982 Ivanhoe (TV Movie)
Isaac of York
 1982 Evil Under the Sun
Odell Gardener
 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 North Sea Hijack
Admiral Brinsden
 1979 Salem's Lot (TV Mini Series)
Richard K. Straker
- Part 2 (1979) ... Richard K. Straker
- Part 1 (1979) ... Richard K. Straker
 1979 Bloodline
Sir Alec Nichols
 1979 The Passage
Prof. John Bergson
 1979 Murder by Decree
Dr. John H. Watson
 1978 The Boys from Brazil
Eduard Seibert
 1978 Heaven Can Wait
Mr. Jordan
 1978 The Water Babies
Mr. Grimes / Voice of Killer Shark
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini Series)
Joseph of Arimathea
- Part 4 (1977) ... Joseph of Arimathea
- Part 3 (1977) ... Joseph of Arimathea
- Part 2 (1977) ... Joseph of Arimathea
- Part 1 (1977) ... Joseph of Arimathea
 1977 Cross of Iron
Oberst (Col.) Brandt
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Dr. Juan Remos
 1976 Hot Stuff
 1976 Origins of the 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 The Left Hand of the Law
Senator Leandri
 1975 Kidnap Syndicate
 1975 Mandingo
Warren Maxwell
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
 1974 The Destructors
Jacques Brizard
 1974 11 Harrowhouse
Charles D. Watts
 1973 John Keats: His Life and Death
Narrator (voice)
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Dr. John Polidori
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
Sir George Wheeler
 1973 The Last of Sheila
 1972 Child's Play
Jerome Malley
 1971 Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!
Alan Hamilton
 1971 Appointment with Destiny (TV Series documentary)
- The Plot to Murder Hitler (1971) ... Narrator
 1971 Bad Man's River
Francisco Paco Montero
 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)
 1970 Cold Sweat
Captain Ross
 1970 Spring and Port Wine
Rafe Crompton
 1969 Age of Consent
Bradley Morahan
 1968 The Legend of Silent Night (TV Movie)
Franz Gruber
 1968 The Sea Gull
 1968 Mayerling
Emperor Franz-Josef
 1968 Duffy
J C Calvert
 1967 Cop-Out
John Sawyer
 1967 The Deadly Affair
Charles Dobbs
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Bernard Sholto
- The Tormentors (1966) ... Bernard Sholto
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Otto Hoffman
- Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? (1966) ... Otto Hoffman
 1966 Georgy Girl
James Leamington
 1966 The Blue Max
General Count von Klugermann
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Maxwell Becker
- Horizontal Hero (1965) ... Dr. Maxwell Becker
- Web of Hate (1965) ... Dr. Maxwell Becker
- A Life for a Life (1965) ... Dr. Maxwell Becker
- Behold the Great Man (1965) ... Dr. Maxwell Becker
 1965 The Uninhibited
Pascal Regnier
 1965 Genghis Khan
Kam Ling
 1965 Lord Jim
Gentleman Brown
 1965 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Torquil Callander
- A Tall, Stalwart Lancer (1965) ... Torquil Callander
 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
 1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire
 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 Lolita
Prof. Humbert Humbert
 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 Trials of Oscar Wilde
Sir Edward Carson
 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
- John Brown's Raid (1960) ... John Brown
- 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 Journey to the Center of the Earth
Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook
 1959 North by Northwest
Phillip Vandamm
 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 / James Mason
 1954 A Star Is Born
Norman Maine
 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Captain Nemo
 1954 Prince Valiant
Sir Brack
 1954 Charade
The Murderer / Maj. Linden / Jonah Watson
 1953/I The Tell-Tale Heart (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1953 The Man Between
 1953 Julius Caesar
 1953 The Desert Rats
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
 1953 The Story of Three Loves
Charles Coutray (segment "The Jealous Lover")
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Napoleon (segment "Napoleon's Love Letters")
- Mr. Lincoln: Part 5 (1953) ... Napoleon (segment "Napoleon's Love Letters")
 1952 Ellis in Freedomland
The Refrigerator (voice)
 1952 Botany Bay
Capt. Paul Gilbert
 1952 Face to Face
The Captain ('The Secret Sharer')
 1952 The Prisoner of Zenda
Rupert of Hentzau
 1952 5 Fingers
Ulysses Diello
 1952 Lady Possessed
Jimmy Del Palma
 1951 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel
 1951 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Hendrik van der Zee
 1950 One Way Street
Dr. Frank Matson
 1949 East Side, West Side
Brandon Bourne
 1949 The Reckless Moment
Martin Donnelly
 1949 Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert
 1949 Caught
Larry Quinada
 1947 The Upturned Glass
Michael Joyce
 1947 Odd Man Out
Johnny McQueen
 1945 The Wicked Lady
Captain Jerry Jackson
 1945 The Seventh Veil
 1945 They Were Sisters
 1945 A Place of One's Own
 1944 Hotel Reserve
Peter Vadassy
 1944 Man of Evil
Lord Manderstoke
 1944 Candlelight in Algeria
Alan Thurston
 1943 They Met in the Dark
Richard Francis Heritage
 1943 The Man in Grey
Lord Rohan
 1943 The Bells Go Down
Ted Robbins
 1942 Thunder Rock
 1942 Secret Mission
Raoul de Carnot
 1942 Alibi
Andre Laurent
 1942 The Night Has Eyes
Stephen Deremid
 1942 A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle
Dr. Renwick
 1941 Death Cell
Mick Cardby
 1939 The Circle (TV Movie)
Edward Luton
 1939 L'avare (TV Movie)
Valere - In love with Elise
 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
 1938 Cyrano de Bergerac (TV Movie)
Christian de Neuvillette
 1937 Catch As Catch Can
Robert Leyland
 1937 The High Command
Capt. Heverell
 1937 Fire Over England
 1936 The Mill on the Floss
Tom Tulliver
 1936 The Secret of Stamboul
 1936 Blind Man's Bluff
Stephen Neville
 1936 Prison Breaker
'Bunny' Barnes
 1936 Troubled Waters
John Merriman
 1936 Father and Son
Henry Hamilton
 1935 Late Extra
Jim Martin
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(1933-34) Stage: Appeared (as "Francisco") in William Shakespeare's "The Tempest", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Elsa Lanchester (as "Ariel"), Marius Goring (as "Alonso"), Evan John (as "Gonzalo"), Desmond Walter-Ellis (as "Adrian"), Dennis Arundell (as "Antonio"), Ernest Hare (as "Sebastian"), Charles Laughton... See more »

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Enoch Gates


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The trouble with Hollywood is that the producers and agents are the aristocrats... which made actors who make their living in Hollywood usually feel they are some sort of scum. They looked for other means of showing off and were great on rallies for political candidates. See more »


Critic Vincent Canby said about Mason: "He is, in fact, one of the very few film actors worth taking the trouble to see even when the film that encase him is so much cement". See more »


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