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Tom Mason

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Tom Mason

Mason in Plan 9 From Outer Space
Born Thomas Robert Mason
April 29, 1920(1920-04-29)
Illinois, U.S.
Died December 1, 1980 (aged 60)
Tom Mason
, U.S.
Occupation Chiropractor, actor

Dr. Thomas Robert "Tom" Mason (April 29, 1920 – December 1, 1980) was a chiropractor who lived in Los Angeles in the 1950s. He is best known as the stand-in for the then recently deceased Bela Lugosi in Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s infamous movie Plan 9 From Outer Space. Dr. Mason, who was taller than and bore a questionable physical resemblance to Lugosi, hunched over with a cape held over his face in all of his scenes.[1][2]

Dr. Mason appeared in and helped to produce a couple of Wood's other movies, Night of the Ghouls (in which he was allowed to show his face) and Final Curtain, after which his career in showbiz ended. He died in 1980.

In popular culture

Dr. Mason was portrayed by actor Ned Bellamy in the 1994 in film Ed Wood.[3]


  1. Rhodes, Gary Don (1997). Lugosi: His Life In Films, On Stage, and In the Hearts of Horror Lovers. McFarland. pp. 145. ISBN 0-786-40257-1. 
  2. Vinciguerra, Thomas (2006-06-04). "IDEAS & TRENDS; When the Acting Is a Little Stiff, What's a Director to Do?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. "Ned Bellamy Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 2009-11-04. 

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