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British film actor.
Born May 15, 1909 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, the son of John and Mabel Mason.
His father was a wealthy merchant. James Mason never learned acting skills and play for fun. He studied at Cambridge and Marlborough as an architect, but soon discovered his attraction to acting skills and training dropped. For a long time he worked in a joint-stock company under the leadership of Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Alexander Korda, who finally, in 1933, Mason was offered a small role in the movie.
Having achieved success and popularity on the stage, James Mason began to receive offers to star in small film roles.
In the film debuted in 1935 ( “Recent statistics”).
In 1940, Mason has appeared in leading roles, she was the star of the English and American cinema. In the late 1940s he moved to America. The actor agreed to any proposals to play in the movie, so among his works across not very successful roles. But still he remained a prominent figure in world cinema.
The actor died on July 27, 1984 at his home in Lausanne, Switzerland, from a second myocardial infarction (the first heart attack he suffered in 1959). He was cremated, but only 16 years later his remains were buried in Korser-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. Huddersfield Road around marshes named in honor of Mason. Place of burial of his old friend Charlie Chaplin is a few steps from his grave.
The award “Golden Globe” (1954):
Best Actor, Comedy / Musical ( “A Star Is Born”)