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James Mason

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James Neville Mason (15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was a British actor who attained stardom in both British and American films. Throughout his career, Mason remained a powerful figure in the industry and he is now regarded as one of the finest film actors of the 20th century. He was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes (he won a Golden Globe once). Mason was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, to John and Mabel Mason; his father was a wealthy merchant. Mason had no formal training as an actor and initially embarked upon it for fun. He was educated at Marlborough College, and earned a first in architecture at Peterhouse, Cambridge where he became involved in stock theatre companies in his spare time. After Cambridge he joined the Old Vic theatre in London under the guidance of Tyrone Guthrie and Alexander Korda, who gave Mason a small film role in 1933 but fired him a few days into shooting. From 1935 to 1948 he starred in many British quota quickies.

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Review: From the Archives: 'Pandora and the Flying Dutchman' provides rare enchantment
LA Times Entertainme, 2020-02-20 21:34:28
Ava Gardner and James Mason star in the digitally-restored 4K release of Albert Lewin's 1951 fantasy-romance "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman."

Movies opening in L.A. this week: 'Emma,' 'The Night Clerk' and more
LA Times Entertainme, 2020-02-16 14:00:29
Movies opening in L.A. for Feb. 16-23 include a remake of Jane Austen's "Emma" with Anya Tayor-Joy, the thriller "The Night Clerk" with Tye Sheridan and Ana de Armas, and a reissue of the 1951 fantasy drama "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" starring James Mason and Ava Gardner

Knockout 1951 indie 'Pandora and the Flying Dutchman' returns looking better than ever
LA Times Entertainme, 2020-02-13 22:32:20
Reissue of the decades-spanning 1951 fantasy drama about a mysterious sea captain doomed to wander the world till he finds true love. With James Mason, Ava Gardner.

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