Mostly Credited As: Mason Adams
Date Of Birth: February 26, 1919 (Age 86)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA
Date Of Death: April 26, 2005
Cause Of Death: Natural causes
Mason Adams was born on February 26 in New York City. He attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his master's degree in theater arts. After graduation, he returned to New York, where he attended the Neighborhood Playhouse and also taught speech there.
He was an actor in daytime serials on radio from 1946 to 1960. His longest run was playing the title character, for almost 20 years, in "Pepper Young's Family." He went on to perform in daytime television serials, notably as Dr. Prescott in the long-running "Another World."
Adams made his Broadway debut in William Saroyan's "Get Away Old Man." He also appeared on stage in "Inquest," "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window," "Tall Story," the London production of "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running," and "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine."
In 1976, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Nicky Shannigan in the New York Shakespeare Festival-Ensemble Studio Theater production of "The Shortchanged Review."
His performance in the television drama, "The Deadliest Season," attracted the notice of the producers of "Lou Grant," who signed him to play the managing editor, Charlie Hume. Adams' portrayal won him Emmy nominations in 1979 and 1980 and also a high position in a Florida newspaper poll as one of the most trusted men in America.
Adams did many radio and television commercials. He also appeared in the television movies "A Handle for Jimmy," "Murder Can Hurt You," "Flamingo Road," "A Shining Season" and "And Baby Makes Six," and in the feature film, "The Final Conflict."
He enjoyed reading, tennis and gardening. He was 5'9" tall, weighs 155 pounds and had brown-gray hair and brown eyes. He and his wife, Margot, had homes in Los Angeles and Westport, Conn. They had two grown children, Betsy, a theatrical lighting designer, and Bill, an artist. Mr. Adams died on 2006.