James Whale

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Date of Birth July 22, 1889
Place of Birth England
Date of Death May 29, 1957 (67)
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James Whale

James Whale was an English film director, theater director and actor, who spent the greater part of his career in Hollywood. He is best remembered for several horror films: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein, all considered classics. Whale 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. He discovered his artistic talent early on and studied art. With the outbreak of World War I he enlisted in the British Army and became an officer. He was captured by the Germans and during his time as a prisoner of war he realized he was interested in drama. Following his release at the end of the war he became an actor, set designer and director. His success directing the 1928 play Journey's End led to his move to the US, first to direct the play on Broadway and then to Hollywood, California, to direct films.

Born: July 22, 1889, Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Died: May 29, 1957, Hollywood, California
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Occupation: Film director, Theatre director, actor
Years active: 1919–52
Partner(s): David Lewis, Pierre Foegel
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About James Whale

Director of iconic horror films The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and Bride of Frankenstein.

Before Fame

He briefly attended the Dudley School of Arts and Crafts.


He directed The Road Back, a sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front.

Family Life

He was in a relationship with Pierre Foegel.


He directed Claude Rains in The Invisible Man.

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