James Stephenson

Actor | * 04/14/1889 († 52, 07/29/1941) | Selby, Yorkshire, England, UK
James Albert Stephenson (14 April 1889 – 29 July 1941) was a British stage and film actor. He found extraordinarily rapid success in Hollywood after arriving in his late 40s, but he died unexpectedly in his early 50s. ()

British stage actor James Stephenson made his film debut quite late in life, at the age of 49, in 1937, making four pictures that year. Warner Bros. got a glimpse of this distinguished gent and signed him to a contract where he indulged himself in urbane villainy. Proving a reliable support in such films as Boy Meets Girl (1938), You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), and the classic adventure The Sea Hawk (1940), he was entrusted by director William Wyler and mega-star Bette Davis to play the sympathetic role of the family attorney Howard Joyce in The Letter (1940). It was the role of a lifetime and he didn't let them down for he earned an Oscar nomination in the process. Stephenson was soon on a roll, playing the titular sleuth in Calling Philo Vance (1940) and was first-billed in the above-average "B" movie Shining Victory (1941) when he died suddenly in 1941 of a heart attack at the rather young age of 53. Date of Death:  29 July 1941, Pacific Palisades, California  (heart attack)

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for James Stephenson

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with James Stephenson as Actor(33)

as Harold Besser1999 Hijack
as Jack Carpenter1999 Hijack
as Squadron Leader Charles Wyatt1941 International Squadron
as Dr. Paul Venner1941 Shining Victory
as Dr. Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens1941 Flight from Destiny
as Abbott1940 The Sea Hawk
as McDowell1940 River's End
as Joe Garvey1940 Murder in the Air
as Inspector Thornton1940 South of Suez
as Hiram Rogers1940 Wolf of New York
as Howard Joyce1940 The Letter
as Philo Vance1940 Calling Philo Vance
as Senor De La Torre1939 The Monroe Doctrine
as Gerald Trask1939 On Trial
as Dr. Anton Rader1939 Espionage Agent
as British Military Intelligence Agent1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy
as Bill Stevens1939 King of the Underworld
as Jim Cameron1939 Secret Service of the Air
as Col. Armand Lucien1939 Devil's Island
as Major Henri de Beaujolais1939 Beau Geste
as Jim Ralston1939 The Old Maid
as Dr. Mansfield1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown
as Colonel Tillman1939 Sons of Liberty
as Dr. George Vanders1939 The Adventures of Jane Arden
as Sir William Clintock1939 We Are Not Alone
as Challon1938 Nancy Drew: Detective
as Stephen Gore1938 Heart of the North
as Prof. Landis1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
as Thomas Bradford1938 White Banners
as Phillip Corey1938 When Were You Born?
as Major Thompson1938 Boy Meets Girl

Full Name: James Stephenson
Born: Sunday, 04/14 1889 (April) in Selby
Died: Tuesday, 07/29 1941 (July) in Pacific Palisades (aged: 52)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
James Stephenson frequently works together with these people:
Stuart Holmes (14x, Actor)
John Ridgely (11x, Actor)
Bryan Foy (11x, Crew)
Cliff Saum (9x, Actor)
John Harron (9x, Actor)
Sol Gorss (8x, Actor)
Hal B. Wallis (8x, Crew)
Jack Mower (7x, Actor)
Howard Shoup (7x, Crew)
Glen Cavender (7x, Actor)
Sidney Bracey (7x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:13205, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 11/23/2020