James Mason

James Mason

Highest Rated: 100% Five Fingers (1952)

Lowest Rated: 22% Yellowbeard (1983)

Birthday: May 15, 1909

Birthplace: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, UK

Gifted with one of the most mellifluous and distinctive voices of his era, James Mason managed to convey volumes of emotion while often remaining surprisingly understated. Following some stage experience and roles in British B-pictures, Mason became a star in his homeland via films like "The Man in Grey" (1943), "The Wicked Lady" (1945), and "Odd Man Out" (1947) and was eventually lured to Hollywood. His performances in "The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel" (1951), "A Star is Born" (1954), "North by Northwest" (1959), and "Lolita" (1962) ranked amongst his very finest. He also appeared in such projects as "Heaven Can Wait" (1978), "Murder by Decree" (1979), and "The Verdict" (1982), all of which made excellent use of attributes that had long endeared Mason to audiences worldwide. Mason's uniqueness and versatility were his greatest assets and served him well throughout his career, particularly when he aged into being one of the finest character players in cinema.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 54% The Assisi Underground Bishop Nicolini (Character) - 1985
100% 64% The Shooting Party Sir Randolph Nettleby (Character) - 1984
22% 64% Yellowbeard Captain Hughes (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alexandre The Father (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Fischer of Geneva Dr. Fischer (Character) - 1983
90% 72% Evil Under the Sun Odell Gardener (Character) - 1982
88% 88% The Verdict Ed Concannon (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 74% Ivanhoe Isaac of York (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dangerous Summer George Engels (Character) - 1982
43% 45% ffolkes Admiral Brindsen (Character) - 1980
88% 64% Salem's Lot Richard K. Straker (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 37% The Passage Prof. John Bergson (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 25% Bloodline Sir Alec Nichols (Character) - 1979
80% 64% Murder by Decree Dr. John H. Watson (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Slip Slide Adventures Mr. Grimes/Voice of Killer Shark (Character) - 1978
69% 66% The Boys From Brazil Eduard Seibert (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 71% The Water Babies Mr. Grimes/Voice of Killer Shark (Character) - 1978
88% 68% Heaven Can Wait Mr. Jordan (Character) - 1978
75% 87% Cross of Iron Oberst Brandt (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Homage to Chagall: The Colours of Love English Narrator (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet People of the Wind Narrator - 1976
No Score Yet 70% Kidnap Syndicate Filippini (Character) - 1976
83% 53% Voyage of the Damned Dr. Juan Remos (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside Out Ernst Furben (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flower in His Mouth Avv. Antonio Bellocampo (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Autobiography of a Princess Cyril Sahib (Character) - 1975
26% 65% Mandingo Warren Maxwell (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 80% 11 Harrowhouse Charles D. Watts (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 45% The Destructors Jacques Brizard (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 51% Great Expectations Magwitch (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 68% Frankenstein: The True Story Dr. John Polidori (Character) - 1973
86% 85% The Last of Sheila Philip (Character) - 1973
58% 44% The Mackintosh Man Sir George Wheeler (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go Y.Y. Go (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 52% Child's Play Jerome Malley (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 22% Cold Sweat Captain Ross (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 22% Bad Man's River Francisco Montero (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kill! Hamilton (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spring and Port Wine Rafe Crompton (Character) - 1970
100% 51% Age of Consent Bradley Morahan (Character),
Producer
- 1969
No Score Yet 41% Mayerling Emperor Franz-Josef (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Silent Night Franz Gruber (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 36% Duffy Charles Calvert (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Gull Trigorin (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Uninhibited Pascal Regnier (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cop-Out John Sawyer (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 86% The London Nobody Knows Narrator - 1967
No Score Yet 76% The Blue Max General Count von Klugermann (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 64% The Deadly Affair Charles Dobbs (Character) - 1966
91% 70% Georgy Girl James Leamington (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 38% Genghis Khan Kam Ling (Character) - 1965
57% 57% Lord Jim Gentleman Brown (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Torpedo Bay Captain Blayne (Character) - 1964
67% 72% The Pumpkin Eater Bob Conway (Character) - 1964
100% 69% The Fall of the Roman Empire Timonides (Character) - 1964
91% 84% Lolita Prof. Humbert Humbert (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 27% Hero's Island Jacob Weber (Character),
Producer
- 1962
No Score Yet 50% Escape From Zahrain Johnson (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tiara Tahiti Capt. Brett Aimsley (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 25% A Touch of Larceny Cmdr. Max Easton (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marriage-Go-Round Paul Delville (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 50% The Trials of Oscar Wilde Sir Edward Carson (Character) - 1960
83% 69% Journey to the Center of the Earth Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook (Character) - 1959
99% 94% North by Northwest Phillip Vandamm (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 44% The Decks Ran Red Capt. Edwin Rummill (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 18% Cry Terror Jim Molner (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 56% Island in the Sun Maxwell Fleury (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 47% Forever Darling The Guardian Angel (Character) - 1956
90% 84% Bigger Than Life Ed Avery (Character),
Producer
- 1956
No Score Yet 35% Prince Valiant Sir Brack (Character) - 1954
89% 74% 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Capt. Nemo (Character) - 1954
98% 81% A Star Is Born Norman Maine (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 53% The Story of Three Loves Charles Coutray (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 83% The Man Between Ivo Kern (Character) - 1953
95% 81% Julius Caesar Brutus (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 81% The Tell-Tale Heart Narrator - 1953
No Score Yet 50% Charade The Murderer/Maj. Linden/Jonah Watson (Character),
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Botany Bay Capt. Paul Gilbert (Character) - 1953
83% 70% The Desert Rats Field Marshal Erwin von Rommel (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Possessed Jimmy Del Palma (Character) - 1952
100% 90% Five Fingers Ulysses Diello (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Face to Face The Captain (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 61% The Prisoner of Zenda Rupert of Hentzau (Character) - 1952
71% 61% The Desert Fox Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel (Character) - 1951
66% 77% Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Hendrik van der Zee (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 29% One Way Street Dr. Frank Matson (Character) - 1950
33% 74% East Side, West Side Brandon Bourne (Character) - 1949
100% 78% Caught Larry Quinada (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 70% Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 73% The Reckless Moment Martin Donnelly (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 64% The Upturned Glass Unknown (Character) - 1947
100% 86% Odd Man Out Johnny McQueen (Character) - 1947
38% 77% The Wicked Lady Captain Jerry Jackson (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 30% A Place of One's Own Smedhurst (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 61% The Seventh Veil Nicholas (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet They Were Sisters Geoffrey Lee (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 20% Hotel Reserve Peter Vadassy (Character) - 1944
50% 52% Fanny by Gaslight Lord Manderstroke (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Candlelight in Algeria Alan Thurston (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 62% The Man in Grey Lord Rohan (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet They Met in the Dark Richard Francis Heritage (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 40% The Bells Go Down Ted Robbins (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 29% The Night Has Eyes Stephen Deremid (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 0% Secret Mission Raoul de Carnot (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 65% Thunder Rock Streeter (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alibi Andre Laurent (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hatters Castle Dr. Renwick (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patient Vanishes Mick Cardby (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Met a Murderer Mark Warrow (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel Jean Tallien (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mill on the Floss Tom Tulliver (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Command Capt. Heverell (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Man's Bluff Stephen Neville (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Troubled Waters John Merriman (Character) - 1936

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1966 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Dr. Maxwell Becker (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theatre '62 Maxim de Winter (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1960

QUOTES FROM James Mason CHARACTERS

Ed Concannon says: They lied?! They lied?!

Ed Concannon says: They lied? They lied!

Clare Quilty says: Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there! [laughs]

Clare Quilty says: Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there!

Humbert Humbert says: Do you have any last words?

Clare Quilty says: Listen, Mac. You're drunk, and I'm a sick man. This pistol-packing farce is becoming a sort of nuisance.

Humbert Humbert says: Do you want to die standing up or sitting down?

Clare Quilty says: I wanna die like a champion.

Charlotte Haze says: Were there a lot of women in your life before me?

Humbert Humbert says: I've told you about them already.

Charlotte Haze says: Well, you didn't tell me about all of them.

Humbert Humbert says: Charlotte, if it would make you any happier, I will sit right down and I will make out a complete list of every woman I have ever known. Will that satisfy you?

Charlotte Haze says: Ohh, I'm lonesome...I think it's healthy for me to be jealous. It means that I love you. You know how happy I can make you.

Humbert Humbert says: Our little starlet has had enough excitement for one evening...I wouldn't want you to miss any more piano lessons! You know what I'm talking about!

Humbert Humbert says: Even in the most harmonious households such as ours, not all the decisions are taken by the female. Especially when the male partner has fulfilled his obligations beyond the line of duty. When you wanted me to spend one afternoon sun-bathing by the lake, I was glad to become the bronze, glamor boy for your sake, instead of remaining the scholar. Even then, I'd scoot along after you like an obliging little lap dog -- oh yes, I'm happy, I'm delighted to be bossed by you, but -- every game has its rules.

Humbert Humbert says: Didn't you have a daughter with a lovely name?

Captain Nemo says: I am not what is called a civilized man, Professor. I have done with society for reasons that seem good to me. Therefore, I do not obey its laws.

Myra Gardner says: Well, what the hell do we do now, Odell?

Odell Gardener says: Just leave it to me. I'll think of something.

Myra Gardner says: Hmmph, my hero. I swear, if you were a man I would divorce you.

Phillip Vandamm says: Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely, Mr. Kaplan?

Roger O. Thornhill says: The three of you together. Now that's a picture only Charles Addams could draw.

Phillip Vandamm says: Good evening Mr. Kaplin.

Roger O. Thornhill says: Before we start calling each others names, perhaps you'd better tell me yours. I haven't had the pleasure.

Phillip Vandamm says: You disappoint me.

Roger O. Thornhill says: I was gonna say that to her.

Phillip Vandamm says: What possesses you to come blundering in here like this? Could it be an overpowering interest in art?

Roger O. Thornhill says: Yes, the art of survival.

Phillip Vandamm says: You're a bit taller than I expected, a little more polished...

Roger O. Thornhill says: (sarcastically) I'm so glad you're pleased Mr. Townsend.

Roger O. Thornhill says: [sarcastically] I'm so glad you're pleased Mr. Townsend.

Phillip Vandamm says: But I'm afraid it's just as obvious.

Roger O. Thornhill says: Now why the devil was I brought here?

Phillip Vandamm says: (sitting down) Games? Must we?

Phillip Vandamm says: [sitting down] Games? Must we?

Roger O. Thornhill says: (Learning Vandamm's name for the first time) Oh, Mr Vandamm...

Roger O. Thornhill says: [learning Vandamm's name for the first time] Oh, Mr Vandamm...

Phillip Vandamm says: (turning his eyes on Thornhill) Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely Mr Kaplin? First you play the outraged Madison Avenue man who claims to have been mistaken for someone else. Then you play the fugitive from justice, supposedly trying to clear his name of a crime he knows he didn't commit. And now you play the peevish lover, stunned by jealousy and betrayal. Seems to me you fellows can take less training from the FBI and more from the Actors' Studio...

Phillip Vandamm says: [turning his eyes on Thornhill] Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely Mr Kaplin? First you play the outraged Madison Avenue man who claims to have been mistaken for someone else. Then you play the fugitive from justice, supposedly trying to clear his name of a crime he knows he didn't commit. And now you play the peevish lover, stunned by jealousy and betrayal. Seems to me you fellows can take less training from the FBI and more from the Actors' Studio...

Roger O. Thornhill says: Apparently the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead.

Phillip Vandamm says: Your very next role, and you'll be quite convincing I assure you...

Mark Petrie says: (shouts) - What did you do to her?

Mark Petrie says: (shouts) What did you do to her?

Richard Straker says: I've taken her to where she wished to go... To meet the man she came here to meet.

Richard Straker says: I've taken her to where she wished to go. To meet the man she came here to meet.

Richard Straker says: Oh, you're the writer...On vacation or "vocation"?

Richard Straker says: Oh, you're the writer. On vacation or 'vocation'?

Richard Straker says: You have some expertise.

Ben Mears says: No, not really. I just happen to know something about silver. My aunt had some Georgian and we had to sell it when she died.

Richard Straker says: What an unfortunate way to acquire knowledge.

Richard Straker says: You'll enjoy Mr. Barlow. And he'll enjoy you.

Richard Straker says: The master wants you. Throw away your cross, face the master. Your faith against his faith... Could you do that? Is your faith enough? Then do it...Throw away the cross. Face the master...Faith against faith.

Richard Straker says: The master wants you. Throw away your cross, face the master. Your faith against his faith. Could you do that? Is your faith enough? Then do it. Throw away the cross. Face the master. Faith against faith.

Humbert Humbert says: We don't read other people's diaries now, do we?

Humbert Humbert says: I want you to live with me and die with me and everything with me!