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Director in the first half to mid 20th century; famous for his work with Boris Karloff on such films as Frankenstein (1931), Bride Of Frankenstein (1935); also contributed to the horror genre with The Invisible Man (1933).

Being homosexual within his time period in Hollywood was not an easy task, and James Whale was practically run out of Paramount and the studio system on the whole because of his sexual orientation. After suffering several strokes, he drowned himself in his backyard pool in Hollywood, CA. on May 29th, 1957.

Ian McKellan delivers a stellar performance as James Whale, creating an excellent likeness and image of the aging director in Gods And Monsters (1998)

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