Morgan Mason

Morgan Mason
Morgan Mason
Special Assistant to the President of the United States
In office
President Ronald Reagan
Chief of Protocol of the United States (acting)
In office
January 21, 1981 – March 20, 1981
President Ronald Reagan
Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
January 1981 – March 1981
President Ronald Reagan
Special Advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
President Ronald Reagan
Member of the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
President Ronald Reagan
Personal details
Born June 26, 1955 (1955-06-26) (age 56)
Los Angeles, California
Children James Duke Mason

Alexander Morgan Mason (born June 26, 1955) is a politician, film producer and actor. He was born in Beverly Hills, California, and is the son of the late Academy award-nominated British actor James Mason and his wife Pamela Mason, actress and commentator.[1] He is a former Acting Chief of Protocol of the United States, as well as a former Deputy Chief of Protocol. He also served as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. His grandfather, the financier and film producer Isidore Ostrer, was head of the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.[2] As a child, Mason appeared in the films The Sandpiper, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Hero's Island, along with his father. He married singer Belinda Carlisle in 1986. They have a son, James Duke Mason, born in 1992.[3]


Political career

Mason served as executive director of Illingworth Morris, Ltd., then the world's largest woollen textile company, before going to work for Ronald Reagan's 1979 presidential campaign. He served as assistant finance director, then as major events director, and served as a member of the campaign's executive advisory committee. Reagan selected him as a delegate-at-large from California to the Republican national convention in 1980. After the election, Mason was named special assistant to the co-chairmen of the presidential inaugural committee. After the inauguration, Mason was appointed deputy chief of protocol at the State Department. He was then named as special assistant to the president for political affairs at the White House. During his tenure he was chosen to attend the funeral services of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat as a member of the official United States delegation along with former US presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Public relations and film

On November 5, 1982, Mason resigned his White House position and became the vice president of Rogers and Cowan Public Relations. In 1984, he became a board member of Musifilm Ltd., a partnership with MCA/Universal. Mason went on to become an executive producer of Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. In 1986, Reagan appointed him to The Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, and made him a special advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 1990, Mason became vice president and head of the independent film division of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills. He left to become chief executive of London Films in 1996. Mason founded the European television channel Innergy in 1999.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Talker March 16, 1959.
  2. ^ Isidore Ostrer Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Index. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  3. ^ Stewart, Jenny. March 1, 2007 Belinda talks Advocate Online. Accessed August 25, 2007.

The Reagan Diaries, page 109.

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Preceded by
Abelardo L. Valdez
Chief of Protocol of the United States

January 21, 1981–March 20, 1981
Succeeded by
Leonore Annenberg

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