James Mason - one of those consummate actors you don't see a whole lot of these days.

James Mason - one of those consummate actors you don't see a whole lot of these days.
James Mason – one of those consummate actors you don’t see a whole lot of these days.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – James Mason Interview – Martha Deane Program – WOR-AM – January 24, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Continuing the occasional series of Icon Interviews. This week it’s the legendary James Mason, who had a long and very distinguished career in the world of Film and Theatre before his sudden death in 1984. In a career that spanned some 50 years, Mason was in well over 100 films, along with countless plays and Television projects. Although he made an indelible mark in numerous films, he is possibly best known for his role as Professor Humbert Humbert in Stanley Kubrick‘s Lolita, although I’m sure James Mason fans can run off lists of their own particular favorites – Mason was that kind of actor.

For this interview, done for WOR Radio on The Martha Deane Program from January 24th 1967, Mason is promoting his then-latest film The Deadly Affair, directed by Sidney Lumet.

For those of you not familiar with this brilliant actor, but who may have caught some of his films, here is one of those rare interviews to give you an introduction to him. For those of you who are fans already – here’s something you may not have heard before.

Either way – enjoy.

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