Person Details

Birthday: 1889-04-14 02:49:49

Death: 1941-07-29 02:49:49

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Selby, Yorkshire, England, UK

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Movie Involvements: 29

TV Involvements: 0


Most Famous Work

Biography

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)

Most Famous Work

The Sea Hawk
Average
7

The Sea Hawk

(1940) Abbott
Beau Geste
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7

Beau Geste

(1939) Major Henri de Beaujolais
The Letter
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7

The Letter

(1940) Howard Joyce
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
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6

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

(1939) Sir Thomas Egerton
Confessions of a Nazi Spy
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6

Confessions of a Nazi Spy

(1939) British Military Intelligence Agent
A Dispatch from Reuter's
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5
The Old Maid
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8

The Old Maid

(1939) Jim Ralston
Calling Philo Vance
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6

Calling Philo Vance

(1940) Philo Vance

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1999 Jack Carpenter
Harold Besser
1941 Squadron Leader Charles Wyatt
Dr. Paul Venner
Dr. Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens
1940 Howard Joyce
Inspector Thornton
Carew
McDowell
Abbott
Joe Garvey
Philo Vance
Hiram Rogers
1939 Sir William Clintock
Sir Thomas Egerton
Senor De La Torre
Dr. Anton Rader
Jim Ralston
Major Henri de Beaujolais
Colonel Tillman
British Military Intelligence Agent
Gerald Trask
Dr. George Vanders
Jim Cameron
Dr. Mansfield
Bill Stevens
Col. Armand Lucien
1938 Stephen Gore
Challon
Major Thompson
Prof. Landis
Thomas Bradford
Phillip Corey
Year Character Movie/Tv

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