Silver Screen Stars

Silver Screen Stars

James Mason
Season 3  |  Episode 13  |  Smooth/Arts  |  May 3, 2018

James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. Mason's talent for playing protagonists of a decidedly hard-bitten or melancholy stripe brought him from minor films to a position as one of Britain's major film stars of the 1940s. When, late in that decade, he came to America, he played somewhat more glamorous or heroic roles than he had been accustomed to in Britain, but he remained a dynamic and intelligent force on the screen. His tendency to take any job offered led him to have many unworthy credits on his resume but, throughout his career, he remained a respected and powerful figure in the industry. His sweet-sounding voice and extraordinary ability to suggest rampant emotion beneath a face of absolute calm made him a fascinating performer to watch.

James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. Mason's talent for playing protagonists of a decidedly hard-bitten or melancholy stripe brought him from minor films to a position as one of Britain's major film stars of the 1940s. When, late in that decade, he came to America, he played somewhat more glamorous or heroic roles than he had been accustomed to in Britain, but he remained a dynamic and intelligent force on the screen. His tendency to take any job offered led him to have many unworthy credits on his resume but, throughout his career, he remained a respected and powerful figure in the industry. His sweet-sounding voice and extraordinary ability to suggest rampant emotion beneath a face of absolute calm made him a fascinating performer to watch.

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