James Stephenson

James Stephenson

Highest Rated: 100% The Letter (1940)

Lowest Rated: 100% The Letter (1940)

Birthday: Apr 14, 1889

Birthplace: Selby, Yorkshire, England, UK

A tall, often mustachioed character actor with clipped phrasing and a dignified, intelligent manner, James Stephenson was a typically crisp British type and had acted onstage in his native land for a number of years before being signed by Warner Bros. in Hollywood. He had played in films in England produced by Warner Bros.' subsidiary First National, including such modest fare as "The Man Who Made Diamonds," "The Perfect Crime," and "Transatlantic Trouble" (all 1937) before performing in his first US release, "White Banners" (1938). For several years he played supporting roles in programmers and star vehicles like the Dick Powell musical, "The Cowboy from Brooklyn" (1938) and "B" pictures including a Dick Foran Western, "Heart of the North" (1938), a minor but enjoyable astrology-themed mystery, "When Were You Born?" (1938) and a failed attempt to launch a film series around a well-known cartoon heroine, "The Adventures of Jane Arden" (1939). Stephenson played smooth professional types like doctors and businessmen, alternately sympathetic and criminal, acquitting himself competently in routine roles, though not well-cast in Westerns given his accent.

Highest rated movies

The Letter
Beau Geste




No Score Yet No Score Yet International Squadron Squadron Leader Charles Wyatt (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shining Victory Dr. Paul Venner (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight From Destiny Dr. Lawrence `'Larry'` Stevens (Character) - 1941
100% 82% The Letter Howard Joyce (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dispatch From Reuters Carew (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 50% Devil's Island Col. Armand Lucien (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet South of Suez Inspector Thornton (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 20% Calling Philo Vance Philo Vance (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 17% Murder in the Air Joe Garvey (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wolf of New York Hiram Rogers (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 40% Espionage Agent Dr. Anton Rader (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 34% King of the Underworld Bill Stevens (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 20% Torchy Blane in Chinatown Dr. Mansfield (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 55% Confessions of a Nazi Spy British Military Intelligence agent (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 76% The Old Maid Jim Ralston (Character) - 1939
100% 85% Beau Geste Maj. Henri de Beaujolais (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Trial Gerald Trask (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 20% Secret Service of the Air Jim Cameron (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Monroe Doctrine Senor De La Torre (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of Jane Arden Dr. George Vanders (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cowboy From Brooklyn Prof. Landis (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 75% White Banners Thomas Bradford (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart of the North Unknown (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Live and Learn Sam Brooks (Character) - 1937