James Mason in Julius Caesar

James Mason (1909 - 1984)

Film Deaths:

  • I Met a Murderer (1939) [Mark Warrow]: Drowned after falling into the sea while fleeing from police.
  • Secret Mission (1942) [Raoul de Carnot]: Shot to death by German soldiers while the squad is escaping from their sabotage mission.
  • Man of Evil (Fanny by Gaslight) (1944) [Lord Manderstoke]: Shot to death in a duel with Stewart Granger.
  • The Wicked Lady (1945) [Captain Jerry Jackson]: Shot to death by Margaret Lockwood when he confronts her for betraying him. (Thanks to Garrett)
  • Odd Man Out (Gang War) (1947) [Johnny McQueen]: Shot to death (along with Kathleen Ryan) after being cornered by police, after Kathleen suicidally opens fire to force the police to shoot them.
  • The Upturned Glass (1947) [Dr. Michael Joyce]: Commits suicide by jumping off of a cliff.
  • The Reckless Moment (1949) [Martin Donnelly]: Fatally injured in a car crash, he dies shortly afterwards, living just long enough to "confess" and take the blame for a murder committed by Joan Bennett.
  • One Way Street (1950) [Dr. Frank Matson]: Hit by a car while crossing the street to meet Marta Toren.
  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) [Hendrick van der Zee, the Flying Dutchman]: Plays a ghost who died many centuries ago; his spirit is put to rest when Ava Gardner willingly sacrifices her life for him.
  • Botany Bay (1953) [Captain Paul Gilbert]: Killed in a battle with aborigines.
  • The Man Between (1953) [Ivo Kern]: Shot by East German police when he creates a distraction to enable Claire Bloom to cross the border.
  • A Star Is Born (1954) [Norman Maine]: Commits suicide by drowning himself in the ocean. It's been a long time since I've seen this movie, but as I recall, I think we only saw him walking out into the sea, and did not see his body afterwards.
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) [Captain Nemo]: Shot in the back by marines when he was about to run inside his submarine. Dies shortly after opening his window to look at the sea. (Note: contary to the original site, the 1961 film The Myerious Island is Not a sequel to this film). (Thanks to Garrett)
  • Lolita (1962) [Prof. Humbert Humbert]: Dies (offscreen) of a heart attack; his death is mentioned in the on screen text at the end of the movie. (Thanks to Harry)
  • Torpedo Bay (Beta Som; Defi a Gibraltar; Finche dura la tempesta) (1962) [Captain Blayne]: Killed by Gabriele Ferzetti, though the plot synopsis I read did not provide any more specific details.
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) [Timonides]: Killed (stabbed in chest with spear) while trying to stop the Roman soldiers from attacking a village.
  • Genghis Khan (1965) [Kam Ling]: Dragged behind a horse after being tied up in a large sack. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Cold Sweat (De la part des copains; L'Uomo dalle due ombre) (1970) [Ross]: Shot by Jean Topart during a fight with Charles Bronson; James later dies of his wound despite Liv Ullmann's efforts to save him.
  • Kill! (Kill! Kill! Kill!) (1972) [Alan Hamilton]: Shot to death in a shoot-out with drug dealers in the jungle; the movie ends with a surreal image (presumably meant to represent James' dying thoughts) of everybody who had been killed in the movie jumping up and down in the middle of the jungle.
  • Child's Play (1973) [Jerome Malley]: Commits suicide by jumping off the roof of the school building.
  • Mandingo (1975) [Warren Maxwell]: Shot to death by one of his slaves when the slave tries to stop James and Perry King from killing Ken Norton. (Thanks to Robert)
  • Cross Of Iron (1977) [Oberst Brandt]: We see him leading his troops in a charge against the Russians and then the scene freeze frames which signifies his death. (Thanks to Brian).
  • The Water Babies (1978; animated/live-action) [Mr. Grimes/Killer Shark]: Playing a dual role in both the live-action and animated sequences, the "Killer Shark" is crushed to death, along with the Electric Eel (voiced by Bernard Cribbins), when the underwater cave/castle collapses. The live-action "Mr. Grimes" survives the movie. (Thanks to ND)

TV Deaths:

  • Frankenstein: The True Story (1973 TV) [Dr. John Polidori]: Struck by lightning (instantly turning him into a charred skeleton) after Michael Sarrazin ties him to the ship's mast and pulls him up it with a flagrope during a lightning storm.
  • Great Expectations (1974 TV) [Magwich]: Killed in an accident.
  • Salem's Lot (1979 TV) [Richard Straker]: Shot repeatedly in the chest by David Soul. (Thanks to Jesse)

Notable Connections:

  • Father of Portland Mason and Morgan Mason (producer)
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