Mason Adams

Mason Adams

Show Count: 134
Series Count: 6
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: February 26, 1919
Old Time Radio, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died: April 26, 2005 , Manhattan, New York, U.S

Mason Adams (February 26, 1919 – April 26, 2005) was an American character actor and voice-over artist.

Early life

Adams was born Mason Abrams in Brooklyn, New York. He earned an MA degree from the University of Michigan in Theatre Arts and Speech and also attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying theater arts. He made his stage debut in 1940, appearing in summer stock atBaltimore's Hilltop Theater.


Adams was heard on many radio programs during Radio's Golden Age. A notable recurring role was that of Pepper Young in Pepper Young's Family, which aired from 1947 to 1959. He also portrayed the deadly Nazi Atom Man in a classic 1945 serial on the radio version of The Adventures of Superman.

He was also in the original 1976 Broadway cast for Checking Out.

Adams is perhaps most famous for his role as Managing Editor Charlie Hume in the television series, Lou Grant, which aired from 1977 to 1982. During his run on Lou Grant, Adams performed perhaps his most oft-seen role as United States President in Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981).

During the 1960s he was ubiquitous as a voiceover actor in television commercials for food and other household products, most notably for Chiffon margarine and Crest toothpaste ("Helps stop cavities before they start"). He also did the vocal part of the television commercials for Smucker'spreserves ("With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good!"), a role he had resumed in his last years. Beginning in the 1980s, Adams provided the voiceover for Cadbury Creme eggs, which were advertised on television with Adams' catchy slogan, "Nobunny knows Easter better than him [the Cadbury Bunny]." Also in the 1980s, Adams did voice-over TV commercials for Sherwin-Williams Paints. Adams also did radio commercials for theSalvation Army. In addition, Adams was the narrator for Kix commercials in the 1990s as well as a few Dentyne commercials and a few Swanson commercials. He was also the announcer for a 1992 WCBS-TV news promo, as well as a 1986 Lysol commercial. In one of the early episodes of Sesame Street, he voiced a cartoon featuring a "jazzy" triangle, and a "square" square. He voiced those two, as well as being the narrator, with jazz music in the background. This cartoon would be repeated on the show for many years well into the 1980s.

In the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon he played Senator Clinton P. Anderson. During the 1970s, he was a co-star of the NBC soap opera Another World. In 1986, he starred as Col. Edward Mason, one of his most famous feature film roles, in the movie F/X starring Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy. In 1993, he starred as Walter Warner Sr. in the Movie Son In Law starring Pauly Shore.

Source: Wikipedia

CBS Radio Mystery TheaterCBS Radio Mystery Theater
Show Count: 1484
Broadcast History: 6 January 1974 to 31 December 1982
Cast: Leon Janney, Evie Juster, Ralph Bell, Jackson Beck, Teri Keane, Mason Adams, Roger DeKoven, Robert Dryden, Bryna Raeburn, Joseph Julian, Ian Martin, Mary Jane Higby, William Redfield, Mandel Kramer, Paul McGrath, Amzie Strickland, Joan Lorring, Joan Banks, Elspeth Eric, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Grace Matthews, Bret Morrison, Berry Kroeger, Jim Jordan, Les Tremayne
Director: Himan Brown
Producer: Himan Brown
Host: E G Marshall, Tammy Grimes
CBS Radio Mystery Theater wasn't initiated until the 1970's – long after so many radio broadcasts had failed in the intense competition with television.
Exploring TomorrowExploring Tomorrow
Show Count: 33
Broadcast History: 4 December 1957 to 13 June 1958
Cast: Lawson Zerbe, Mason Adams, Charlie Holmes, Mandel Kramer, Bryna Raeburn, Lon Clark
Director: Sanford Marshall
Producer: Sanford Marshall
Host: John Campbell Jr
Broadcast: 19th June 1960
Added: Jun 28 2012
Broadcast: 20th September 1959
Added: Sep 23 2011
Broadcast: 20th December 1948
Added: Nov 11 2003
Broadcast: 4th December 1950
Added: Oct 31 2007
Broadcast: 28th January 1962
Added: Feb 18 2010
Broadcast: 24th January 1949
Added: Jan 14 2005
Broadcast: 18th October 1948
Starring: Mason Adams
Added: Nov 04 2003
Broadcast: 15th November 1948
Added: Nov 30 2013
Broadcast: 10th October 1949
Added: Oct 21 2008
Broadcast: 6th December 1959
Added: Dec 08 2011
Broadcast: 1st May 1947
Added: Jan 20 2006
Broadcast: 20th September 1948
Added: Aug 11 2013
Broadcast: August 9, 1948
Added: May 22 2015
Broadcast: October 7, 1946
Added: Jun 29 2014
Broadcast: 7th June 1953
Added: Jun 07 2012
Broadcast: 24th December 1949
Starring: Mason Adams
Added: Dec 25 2005
Broadcast: August 2, 1948
Added: May 01 2015
Broadcast: 30th July 1961
Added: Jul 30 2010
Broadcast: 1st November 1959
Added: Oct 15 2011
Broadcast: July 23, 1948
Added: Jun 19 2020
Broadcast: 18th September 1960
Added: Sep 20 2012
Broadcast: May 23, 1949
Added: Apr 24 2015
Broadcast: August 6, 1948
Added: Jun 26 2020
Broadcast: 20th March 1960
Added: Mar 24 2011
Broadcast: 12th January 1948
Starring: Mason Adams
Added: Oct 21 2003
Broadcast: July 16, 1948
Added: Jun 19 2020