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James Mason

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Also Known As: Died: July 27, 1984
Born: May 15, 1909 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Upon graduation briefly worked as architect before trying hand at acting
1931:
Stage debut in touring production of "Rasputin the Rascal Monk" at Aldershot Hippodrome
1933:
West End debut in "Gallows Glorious"
1933:
Performed with Old Vic for season
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Performed with Dublin's Gate Theater for season
1935:
Under contract to agent-director Albert Parker; film debut in Parker's "Late Extra"
1936:
Under contract to Fox-British
1938:
Formed Gamma Productions with Roy and Pamela Kellino
1939:
First film as co-screenwriter and producer (also actor and first Gamma production), "I Met a Murderer" (dir. Roy Kellino)
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Was conscientious objector during WWII
1946:
Moved to USA; unsuccessful attempt to form production company with David Rose
1947:
Broadway debut in "Bathsheba"
1948:
First American film, "Caught", directed by Max Ophuls
1951:
Formed Portland Pictures production company
1951:
First Portland film, "Lady Possessed" (also co-writer; producer); based on novel by Pamela Kellino and co-directed by William Spier and Roy Kellino)
1953:
US TV debut on series, "Omnibus"
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Hosted TV anthology series, "Lux Video Theater"
1962:
Moved to Vevey, Switzerland
1984:
Made last film, "The Assisi Underground" (released in 1985)
1993:
Career celebrated in a retrospective held at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater in New York City

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