Morgan Mason

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Morgan Mason
Special Assistant to the President of the United States
President Ronald Reagan
Chief of Protocol of the United States (acting)
President Ronald Reagan
Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States
President Ronald Reagan
Special Advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
President Ronald Reagan
Member of the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
President Ronald Reagan
Personal details
Born Alexander Morgan Mason
(1955-06-26) 26 June 1955 (age 63)
Beverly Hills, California
Spouse(s)
Belinda Carlisle (m. 1986)
Children James Duke Mason
Parents James Mason, Pamela Mason
Residence Bangkok, Thailand
Occupation Politician, film producer, actor

Alexander Morgan Mason (born 26 June 1955) is an American politician, film producer, and actor.

Early life[edit]

Mason was born in Beverly Hills, California, the son of British parents, actor James Mason and actress and commentator Pamela Mason.[1] His grandfather, the financier and film producer Isidore Ostrer, was head of the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.[2]

As a child, Mason appeared in the films The Sandpiper, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Hero's Island, along with his father.

Political career[edit]

Mason in the Oval Office with President Ronald Reagan circa 1982

When his grandfather Isidore Ostrer died, Mason inherited his seat on the board of Illingworth, Morris, Ltd., then the world's largest woolen textile company. Mason served as executive director and three years later sold the firm.[3] Moving to the US, he worked for Ronald Reagan's 1979 presidential campaign. He served as assistant finance director, then as major events director, and served as a member of the campaign's executive advisory committee. Reagan selected him as a delegate-at-large from California to the Republican national convention in 1980. After the election, Mason was named special assistant to the co-chairmen of the presidential inaugural committee. After the inauguration, Mason was appointed deputy chief of protocol at the State Department. He was then named as special assistant to the president for political affairs at the White House. During his tenure he was chosen to attend the funeral services of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat as a member of the official United States delegation along with former US presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

PR, film and television[edit]

After Mason left the White House, he became the vice president of Rogers and Cowan Public Relations. In 1984, he joined with promoter Don King to promote the Jacksons' Victory Tour.[4] Mason went on to become an executive producer of sex, lies, and videotape (1989), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 1986, Reagan appointed him to The Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, and made him a special advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 1990, Mason became vice president and head of the independent film division of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills. He left to become chief executive of London Films in 1996. Mason founded the European television channel Innergy in 1999. Formed in partnership with musician Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, who was introduced to Mason by Deepak Chopra, it was "the first channel of its kind in the world with programmes offering viewers help and guidance for self-empowerment."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Mason married singer Belinda Carlisle in 1986, eloping to Lake Tahoe.[3] They have a son, James Duke Mason.[6] In 2017, he and Carlisle moved to Bangkok, Thailand.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Talker". Time. 16 March 1959. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ Isidore Ostrer at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Index. Accessed 25 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b Podolsky, J. D.; Gold, Todd (13 January 1992). "A Pop-Rock Rebel Finds An Unlikely Mr. Right". People.
  4. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1989-05-27/entertainment/ca-601_1_morgan-mason-cannes-film-festival-average-hollywood-film/2
  5. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/upctv-launches-innergy----television-that-makes-a-difference-72402372.html
  6. ^ Stewart, Jenny (1 March 2007). "Belinda talks". Advocate Online. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  7. ^ Savage, Wayne (3 October 2017). "'Pop Icon Belinda Carlisle said goodbye to the States and goodbye to super stress'". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 4 August 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abelardo L. Valdez
Chief of Protocol of the United States
Acting

21 January 1981 – 20 March 1981
Succeeded by
Leonore Annenberg