James Duke Mason
|James Duke Mason|
Mason at the ARPA International Film Festival, September 2010
April 27, 1992 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, LGBT advocate|
James Duke Mason (born April 27, 1992) is an American actor. He is the son of singer Belinda Carlisle and film producer Morgan Mason, and the grandson of the late British actor James Mason. In April 2010, The Advocate listed Mason as one of the most influential young LGBT Americans in their "Forty Under 40" issue, and in March 2011 he was voted into AfterElton.com's list of the top 50 gay/bisexual male celebrities. He also, in 2011 and 2012, was included on AfterElton.com's Hot 100 list.
Personal life 
Born in Los Angeles, California, Mason moved to Europe with his parents as a toddler. He was appointed to serve as a Page in the U.S. House of Representatives during the summer of 2008, and also worked as a volunteer for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primaries. After graduating from Mougins School, an international school in the south of France in July 2010, Mason moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He also spent a year studying at California Lutheran University pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, which he plans to complete in the future.
In an Attitude Magazine interview, Mason stated that he is openly gay and that he came out to his family and friends at the age of 14 in 2006. He participated in a roundtable discussion of LGBT youth on Dr. Phil, has written articles on LGBT issues for websites such as The Huffington Post, and did a YouTube video to back the It Gets Better campaign. In April 2011 he founded the Trailblazer Campaign, a YouTube project designed to encourage LGBT entertainers to come out of the closet. In December 2011 it was announced that Mason was appointed to the Board of Directors of Outfest, making him the youngest member in the organization's 30-year history. He began his term in January 2012. He served as an official surrogate for the campaign of Barack Obama in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election.
Mason made his acting debut in What Happens Next (formerly You Can't Have It All), which was screened as part of the "festival favorites" on the closing night of the QFest Film Festival, featured as the centerpiece film at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and was also shown at the Hollywood Film Festival. The film co-stars Wendie Malick, Jon Lindstrom, Chris Murrah and Natalia Cigliuti. He will star in the neo-noir thriller "Disappear Here", which is scheduled to begin production during the fall of 2013.
|2012||What Happens Next||Zack|
- James Duke Mason interview with Edge Publications
- James Duke Mason and Belinda Carlisle in Attitude Magazine
- James Duke Mason Announces 'Trailblazer' Campaign for Out LGBT Entertainers