James Whale is an English director, theater director and actor who has spent most of his career in Hollywood. He is best remembered for several horror movies: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man and Frankenstein's Bride, are all considered classics. Whale has also directed films in other genres, including the 1936 film version of the musical Show Boat. Whale was born into a large family in Dudley, Worcestershire now Dudley Urban Area. He discovered his artistic talent very early on and studied fine arts. When World War I broke out he joined the British Army and became an officer. He was captured by the Germans and while serving as a prisoner he found himself interested in the theater. After being released at the end of the war, he became an actor, designer and director. His success in directing Journey's End in 1928 led him to settle in America, first directing the play on Broadway and then in Hollywood, California, to direct films.
|Born||July 22, 1889, Dudley, Worcestershire, England|
|Died||May 29, 1957, Hollywood, California, U.S.|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)|
|Occupation||Film director, Theatre director, actor|
|Partner(s)||David Lewis, Pierre Foegel|
Director of iconic horror films The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and Bride of Frankenstein.
He briefly attended the Dudley School of Arts and Crafts.
He directed The Road Back, a sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front.
He was in a relationship with Pierre Foegel.
He directed Claude Rains in The Invisible Man.
Writers Worcestershire. Officers of the Worcestershire Regiment. British Prisoners of World War I. Suicides in California. World War I prisoners of war are held by Germany. British theater directors. LGBT writer from the UK. Horror film director. British director