Birthday: 5/15/1909, the
Age: 75 years
Place of Birth: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK
Date of death: 27.07.1984 Year
Place of death: Lausanne Romandie, Switzerland
Failed architect, a great actor
He felt the first taste of fame in the UK, then moved to the United States, which quickly became one of the most famous Hollywood stars. Thrice nominated for an Oscar three times – at the ‘Golden Globe’; considered one of the greatest actors of the era.
Mason was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), in the family of John (John) and Mabel Mason (Mabel Mason). In college, James studied architecture; However, in the course of training he became interested in the theater business and about their basic specialization eventually forgotten. Formal learning the secrets of theatrical skill Mason did not pass – which, however, did not prevent him to achieve in the future is quite good results.
In the period from 1935 to 1938-th Mason quite actively involved in various British productions. During World War II, James refused to perform military service for ideological reasons – because of what the long haul fell out with the family. In the field of acting Mason succeeded far more than in the affairs of the family – he was able to play a number of fairly bright antiheroes in melodramas like ‘The Man in Grey’ and ‘The Wicked Lady’.
After a fairly successful picture ‘The Seventh Veil’ – gathered in post-war Britain, a fairly solid cash – James Mason became famous far beyond the borders of the country; shortly thereafter, in 1949, he starred in his first Hollywood film, ‘Caught’.
James Mason is remembered by many for his incredible love for animals; actor harbored a particular weakness for cats. In 1949, James and his wife, Pamela, even published a book ‘Cats in our lives’ (‘The Cats in Our Lives’) – a collection of interesting and sometimes quite touching stories about cats; Mason himself wrote and illustrated a large part of it.
In 1952 Mason bought a house, once owned by Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton); actor in the house found a few old films – and took care of their preservation in a safe place.
Mason is quite good at both positive and negative characters; James helped the heroes to play outstanding external data villains – vivid, memorable voice. One of the most notable roles James was the role of a spy in ‘North by Northwest’ (‘North by Northwest’).
In 1963 Mason settled in Switzerland (Switzerland); his acting work on this is not stopped. Gradually it faded stream James roles until the mid ’80s; one of the last of his images, a corrupt lawyer Ed Concannon (Ed Concannon) of ‘The Verdict’ (‘The Verdict’) brought him a third nomination for the Oscar. The latter role played by James Mason in 1985; it was Dr. Fischer (Dr. Fischer) of the film adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel ‘Geneva’ (‘Geneva’).
James Mason was married twice. His first marriage lasted from 1941 to 1964-th; in this period, Mason lived with British actress Pamela Ostrer (Pamela Ostrer). Mason remarried in 1971, to American actress Kay Clarissa (Clarissa Kaye); This marriage broke up only with the death of James. It is known that at a certain period in virtually every Mason his contract included a clause guaranteeing a small role, and his wife.
In 1981 I saw the light of Mason’s autobiography, ‘Before I Forget’.
Heart problems haunted the actor for a long time – the first attack he suffered in 1959-m; second heart attack caught the actor July 27, 1984 th in Lausanne, Switzerland (Lausanne, Switzerland). Mason’s body was cremated, and in 2000 – 16 years after his death – buried in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland (Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland), just a few steps away from the final resting place of a close friend Mason, Charlie Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin).
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