Mason Adams was once described by a colleague as having a "non-actor's face." This has hardly hampered Adams' professional success, which has hinged almost exclusively on his instantly recognizable voice. After receiving an MA in Theater Arts and Speech from the University of Wisconsin, Adams became a teacher at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. In radio from 1940 onward, Adams gained fame in the title role of the popular soap opera Pepper Young's Family. Typically cast in kindly, folksy roles, Adams enjoyed playing villains and psychos, notably the evil Atomic Man on the radio saga Superman. A prolific commercial spokesman, Adams has for nearly four decades been principal pitchman for the Smuckers condiment company. From 1977 through 1982, Adams played managing editor Charlie Hume on TV's Lou Grant. In films, Mason Adams has occasionally been permitted an opportunity to break free from his paternal TV image, e.g. his corporate bad-guy assignment in 1988's F/X.