James Mason

James MasonBorn: 15 May 1909
Died: 27 July 1984
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award nominated actor James Mason was born on this day in 1909.

The Yorkshireman began his career on stage and had an unsuccessful first foray into film with a small role in The Private Life of Don Juan (1934), from which he was fired after just three days of filming.

Following this he starred in a series of ‘quota quickies’ between 1935 and 1938 before starring in a series of Gainsborough films such as The Man in Grey (1943) and The Wicked Lady (1945). He took the lead in box office hit The Seventh Veil (1945), a role which launched him to international stardom and earned him the title of most popular British star between 1944 and 1947 and most popular international star in 1946.

His first hollywood film was Caught (1949) and he went on to star in films The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951) and Julius Caesar (1953).

His role in A Star is Born (1954) earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and for the films Georgy Girl (1966) and The Verdict (1982) nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

He is also known for the films 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Bigger than Life (1956) and North by Northwest (1959).

Read more at The Internet Movie Database

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