Jameson Thomas

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Jameson Thomas
Dorothy Christy-Jameson Thomas in Extravagance (cropped).jpg
Thomas in Extravagance (1930)
Thomas Roland Jameson

(1888-03-24)24 March 1888
St George Hanover Square, London, England
Died10 January 1939(1939-01-10) (aged 50)
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Other namesJamison Thomas
Years active1923–1939
Spouse(s)Dorothy Dix
(m. 1916; div. 19??)

Jameson Thomas (born Thomas Roland Jameson; 24 March 1888 10 January 1939) was an English film actor. [1] He appeared in more than 80 films between 1923 and 1939.



He was born in St George Hanover Square, London. [2] On the stage from his early teens, Jameson first appeared as a "half-breed" boy in The Squaw Man . He made his screen debut in 1923 in the film Chu Chin Chow . In 1929, he starred in Piccadilly as Valentine Wilmot opposite Anna May Wong. [3] Piccadilly was a smash hit in England, where reviewers called it "by far the best production yet made at Elstree" [4] and "one of the finest films that has ever come from a British studio." [5] The film, however, only received a tepid response in the U.S. where it had a limited run. [6] Today, Piccadilly is recognised as an accomplished melodrama and one of the best films of the late British silent era. [7]

Thomas moved to Hollywood, appearing on the stage with Bebe Daniels in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney . He continued to appear in minor roles in various films until his death. [8] Thomas played "King" Westley, the fortune-hunting husband/fiancé of Claudette Colbert in Frank Capra's comedy It Happened One Night . [9] He died from tuberculosis in Sierra Madre, California. [1] He was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.


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  2. "BFI Screenonline: Thomas, Jameson (1888-1939) Biography" . Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. "Piccadilly (1929) - Ewald André Dupont - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. Daily Mirror, "Nightlife on Screen: Exotic Dancing and Fine Acting in Made-in-England Film," January 31, 1929.
  5. Dundee Evening Telegraph, "A Memorable British Success," February 8, 1929.
  6. New York Times, "The Screen," July 15, 1929.
  7. "BFI Screenonline: Piccadilly (1929)". Screen Online.
  8. "Jameson Thomas - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  9. "It Happened One Night (1934) - Frank Capra - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.