Mason in Plan 9 from Outer Space
Thomas Robert Mason
April 29, 1920
|Died||December 1, 1980 (aged 60)|
|Occupation||Chiropractor, actor, film producer|
Best known as the stand-in for the recently deceased Bela Lugosi in Wood's movie Plan 9 from Outer Space, Mason, who was taller than and bore little physical resemblance to Lugosi, hunched over and held a cape over his face in all of his scenes. Mason appeared in and helped to produce several of Wood's other movies, including Night of the Ghouls and Final Curtain, after which his career in showbiz ended. He died in 1980.
In 2005, Mason and the Plan 9 cast were lampooned in an episode of the television series Deadly Cinema, and clips of this episode were featured in the documentary Vampira: The Movie.
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