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Gary Mason’s on screen acting career has been anything but traditional. He caught the acting bug early, in middle and high school, and truly loved being part of a production and entertaining audiences. However, life intervened (as it always does) and he took a brief hiatus (of 41 years) to join the Navy as an active duty member, and later a federal employee, while raising a family. Now, the 41 years are over—Gary is back and better than ever, and having the time of his life.
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Gary surrounded himself with what you might call “men of ill repute,” and had his fair share of run-ins with the law. To say he deeply understands the criminal element would be an understatement; with this knowledge he’d make an excellent fictional cop or criminal. He didn’t exactly join the Navy to escape prosecution, but to take a detour from a road that was leading to prosecution. While in the Navy, Gary had the opportunity to see the world, from Europe to the Middle East, and the Far East to Australia. That exposure to many different cultures and walks of life has shaped his worldview to what it is today, one that recognizes we all have a lot more in common as humans than we think; we live, we love, we strive to make a positive impact in our short time on this Earth.
Specifically in his short time, Gary has enjoyed a number of wild memories many people will only ever dream of: he’s been catapulted from the deck of an aircraft carrier underway, dangled from a wire below a helicopter out to sea, and even managed large complex technical programs for the DoD.
There’s no doubt that as an actor, Gary brings this wealth of adventure and understanding to his performances. If you’re looking for someone with the actual experiences you are trying to portray, Gary Mason is undoubtedly your guy.
Gary was a pleasure to work with – he understood the project’s aims, adapted well to our directions and a difficult script, and really embodied the emotions and frustrations of the patient.
Gary is super professional, fast and it’s been a pleasure working with him! Hope to work together again soon.
Gary is a pleasure to have on set. He takes direction well and is also willing to lend a hand as well as lend his knowledge to help a crew make the best of a situation when filming on a limited budget. I would certainly hire Gary again and look forward to having him with me on set.
One of my best decisions in “Words That Made the Difference: Brown v Board of Education” was casting Gary Mason in the role of Judge Huxman. Off camera, Gary was patient, professional and supportive of the actors and the production. On camera (take after take after take), Gary exemplified the epitome of a caring, concerned judge dealing with a challenging situation. He was spot on with his gestures, intonation and feeling – everything that I imagined in the character.
Gary assumes a character role effortlessly. He’s a natural. His easy-going manner makes him a pleasure to work with.