JAMES WHALE, English film director born (d. 1957) A ground-breaking Hollywood film director, best known for his work in the horror movie genre — a genre he virtually defined with his work —  making such pictures as Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man. Whale was openly Gay during his time in Hollywood.

The fictionalized film Gods and Monsters was about Whale, with Ian McKellen as Whale, along with the always yummy Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovitch and David Dukes. The movie was adapted from the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram.