Date of Birth: 05/15/1909
Place of birth: Huddersfield
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Failed architect, a great actor
Author: Ivan Matkovskiy
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 forgotten with time. 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 a good long time at odds with his 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 painting `The Seventh Veil` - gathered in post-war Britain, a pretty 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; particular weakness actor fed to cats. In 1949, James and his wife, Pamela, even published a book `Cats in our zhiznyah` ( `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 some old films - and took care of their preservation in a more secure place.
Mason did manage quite well, both positive and negative characters; James helped the heroes to play outstanding external data, the villains - bright, 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); acting on its activities it does not stop. Gradually it faded flow roles of James only to the mid-80s; one of the last of his images, a corrupt lawyer Ed Concannon (Ed Concannon) of the `verdict` ( `The Verdict`) earned him a third Oscar nomination for ``. The last role played by James Mason in 1985; it was Dr. Fischer (Dr. Fischer) of the film adaptation of the novel by Graham Greene Zheneva` `(` Geneva`).
Married James Mason was 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 US actress Clarissa Kaye (Clarissa Kaye); This marriage broke up only with the death of James. It is known that at a certain period in almost 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 overtook actor July 27, 1984-th in Lausanne, Switzerland (Lausanne, Switzerland). Body Mason was cremated, and in 2000 - 16 years after 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).