Thursday, April 28, 2005
IMDB File photoLongtime Westport resident Mason Adams, the actor best known for his role as the easygoing managing editor on television’s “Lou Grant” show, died of natural causes Tuesday at 86 in his Upper East Side home, The New York Times reported today.
Mason, who had received three Emmy nominations for his TV role, was also the voice over pitchman for the J. M. Smucker Company with his signature line, “With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good.” His warm, grandfatherly, Rockwellian voice and screen presence, won the actor recognition as an embodiment of Americana.
Adams, who began his career in radio, was also a stage actor. The Times reports his last play was the Roundabout Theater’s production of Arthur Miller’s “The Man Who Had All the Luck” in 2002.
Adams moved to Westport in 1957 when he married Margot Fineberg, and they also maintained a home in Manhattan. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter Betsy, and son, Bill.
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When I was employed with QYX Typewriters (Exxon Office Systems)back in 1979, a commercial was made for thier product. I was a part of the making of the commercial and Mason Adams voice was used. Not knowing much about him back then, I began to follow his work, always noticing his voiceovers,and have been a fan of his work ever since.
As a child pf the 40’s, we listened to radio, especially “Pepper Young’s Family”. When The Lou Grant Show premiered and I heard Mason Adams’s voice, I immediately knew it was Pepper Young, even though I had not heard that show for 40 years. Yes, a memorable voice indeed.
Mr. Adams appeared at an Old Time Radio convention in Newark a couple of years ago and appeared in a number of re-creations of old-time dramas. I was fortunate enough to play “Lois Lane” in a perfomance of the Superman serial in which he re-created the villain he had played when it was first broadcast. He was everything one always hopes one’s favorites will be: friendly, supportive, energetic, and truly professional. That he was a wonderful actor is clear; that he was a delightful person is a bonus.