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, political activist|
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. He was named in OUT magazine's "Out 100" issue as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people in the world in 2011.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Mason moved to Europe with his parents as a child. 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 at California Lutheran University studying Political Science.
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 has appeared on TV shows such as Dr. Phil, Nancy Grace, and Politicking with Larry King to discuss LGBT issues, has written articles for websites such as The Huffington Post, and did a YouTube video to back the It Gets Better campaign. 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, which was screened as part of the Hollywood Film Festival. The film co-stars Wendie Malick. He is next slated to star in the drama Surfing Cowboys, which is due to shoot this summer, and Jack & Lem, which is based on the real-life relationship between President John F. Kennedy and his best friend Lem Billings.
|2012||What Happens Next||Zack|
|2015||Surfing Cowboys||Scott Kasick|
|2015||Jack & Lem||Lem Billings|
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