Skip to main content Skip to Search Box
Summary Article: Mason, James
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born May 15, 1909, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Eng.—died July 27, 1984, Lausanne, Switz.) British film actor. After studying architecture at the University of Cambridge, he made his screen debut in Late Extra (1935) and soon became a star in British films such as The Man in Grey (1943), The Seventh Veil (1945), and Odd Man Out (1947). He moved to Hollywood in the late 1940s but continued to make films in Britain as well. Noted for his urbane characterizations of flawed individuals, he appeared in more than 100 movies, including Madame Bovary (1949), A Star Is Born (1954), North by Northwest (1959), Lolita (1962), Georgy Girl (1966), The Boys from Brazil (1978), and The Verdict (1982).

Birth Place: Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom

Death Place: Lausanne, Switzerland

Name: Mason, James or James Mason

Gender: male

Nationality: British

Activity: British actor

Keywords: theatrical production, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, “Lolita”, England, Switzerland, “Fall of the Roman Empire, The”, motion picture, acting, “Star Is Born, A”, Huddersfield, Lausanne, James Mason, “Desert Fox, The”, “Marriage-Go-Round, The”, “North by Northwest”, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, British, Mason, James

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Copyright 1994-2017 Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc

Related Articles

Full text Article Mason, James Neville (1909-84)
Chambers Film Factfinder

English, born in Huddersfield. After studying architecture he turned to acting, working on stage before making his film debut in Late Extra ...

Full text Article Mason, James (1909 - 1984)
The Macmillan Encyclopedia

His early British films include The Man in Grey (1943) and Carol Reed's Odd Man Out (1947). After moving to Hollywood he...

See more from Credo