James Dean
actor
James Dean
James Byron Dean was an American film actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956).
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Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone: Brilliant or Creepy? - ABC News
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As Jo Calderone, a poor man's James Dean with a Joisey accent, Gaga offered a lengthy monologue on fame, fell off a piano, and attempted to make out with Britney Spears. Like all her stunts, it left an impression. But beyond that, was it ... brilliant?
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A Rebel Without A Clause: James Dean Quotes - Screen Junkies
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What are the best James Dean quotes? Icon James Dean was a sensation when he first appeared in "Rebel Without A Cause" (1955) with his emotionally-infused rebel attitude. It's hard to believe that Dean only made six films before he passed away at the
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DJ Clark Kent Talks The "112" LeBron 8 and The "James Dean" LeBron 8 - Complex.com (blog)
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Kent has the task of designing a special colorway for Bron Bron and his crew once a year, and this time around he decided to do a denim colorway that's officially called the “James Dean.” Besides LeBron and his entourage, only a select few have been
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Jennifer Aniston Buys Justin Theroux $12000 Jacket Worn By James Dean - Huffington Post
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Aniston, on the other hand, decided to be generous with her savings and purchased her boyfriend quite the present: a $12000 vintage leather jacket once worn by James Dean. According to Showbizspy, Jen gifted beau Justin Theroux the pricey piece for his ... - -
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Richland chief clears officers of wrongdoing - Bellingham Herald
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James Dean Schultz, 27, was armed with a gun when he jumped into the driver's seat of a car during a high-risk traffic stop, pointed the gun at officers and fired twice before they returned fire, said Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller
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JAMES DEAN DEATH WRECK CURSE - The National Enquirer
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When rising movie star and teen idol JAMES DEAN died after crashing his speeding Porsche Spyder 550 in 1955, the twisted chassis took on an eerie life of its own. After Dean was removed from the flaming
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Grand Strand Scoreboard - Myrtle Beach Sun News
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Youth Adult - Adults-James Dean 643, Judy Carlson 451; Youth games-Colin Reno 165, Dallas Yeck 125, Courtney Barone 122. Senior (4-game) Scratch - Ken Shealy 300-965, Larry Goosney 914, Pete Rambone 911, Pat Moyer 895, Ray Ghantt 862
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Taylor-Made: 'Giant' at AFI Silver - Express from The Washington Post
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Tonight, you can take in "Giant," above, the Texas epic she made with James Dean and the last movie Dean made before he died. » AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri. 3 pm, Sun. 1 pm, $7-$8.50; 301-495-6720. (Silver Spring)
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The Federal Government Races to the Cliff - EconoMonitor (blog)
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In the 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean and a teenage rival race two cars to the edge of a cliff in a game of chicken. Both intend to jump out at the last moment. But the other guy miscalculates, and goes over the cliff with the car
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James Franklin Dean identified as victim in South Alabama dormitory stabbing ... - al.com (blog)
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By Rhoda A. Pickett, Press-Register View full sizePolice officers and medics are seen outside the University of South Alabama dormitory room where a fatal stabbing occurred Sunday morning, July 10, 2011. The stabbing took place at the Delta 6 dorm
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Dean
    TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 24
    James Dean has often been noted within television shows, films, books and novels. The film September 30, 1955 depicts the ways various characters in a small town react to Dean's death.
    More Details Hide Details The play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (and its subsequent film adaptation) depicts a reunion of Dean fans on the 20th anniversary of his death. In an episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, the character Liberty likens the rebellious, antisocial Sean Cameron to James Dean. On April 20, 2010, a long "lost" live episode of the General Electric Theater called "The Dark, Dark Hours" featuring James Dean in a performance with Ronald Reagan was uncovered by NBC writer Wayne Federman while working on a Ronald Reagan television retrospective. The episode, originally broadcast December 12, 1954, drew international attention and highlights were featured on numerous national media outlets including: CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America. It was later revealed that some footage from the episode was first featured in the 2005 documentary, James Dean: Forever Young.
    Longing to return to the "liberating prospects" of motor racing, Dean was scheduled to compete at a racing event in Salinas, California on September 30, 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Accompanying the actor to the occasion was stunt coordinator Bill Hickman, Collier's photographer Sanford Roth, and Rolf Wütherich, the German mechanic from the Porsche factory who maintained Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder "Little Bastard" car. Wütherich, who had encouraged Dean to drive the car from Los Angeles to Salinas to break it in, accompanied Dean in the Porsche. At 3:30 p.m. Dean was ticketed for speeding, as was Hickman who was following behind in another car. As the group traveled to the event via U.S. Route 466, (currently SR 46) at approximately 5:15 p.m. a 1950 Ford Tudor was passing through an intersection while turning, ahead of the Porsche. Dean, unable to stop in time, slammed into the driver's side of the Ford resulting in Dean's car bouncing across the pavement onto the side of the highway. Dean's passenger, Wütherich, was thrown from the Porsche, while Dean was trapped in the car and sustained numerous fatal injuries, including a broken neck. The driver of the Ford, Donald Turnupseed, exited his damaged vehicle with minor injuries. The accident was witnessed by a number of passersby who stopped to help. A woman with nursing experience attended to Dean and detected a weak pulse, but "death appeared to have been instantaneous". Dean was pronounced dead on arrival shortly after he arrived by ambulance at the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital at 6:20 p.m.
    Dean's final race occurred in Santa Barbara on Memorial Day, May 30, 1955.
    More Details Hide Details He was unable to finish the competition due to a blown piston. His brief career was put on hold when Warner Brothers barred him from all racing during the production of Giant. Dean had finished shooting his scenes and the movie was in post-production when he decided to race again.
    Just before filming began on Rebel Without a Cause, he competed in his first professional event at the Palm Springs Road Races, which was held in Palm Springs, California on March 26–27, 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Dean achieved first place in the novice class, and second place at the main event. His racing continued in Bakersfield a month later, where he finished first in his class and third overall. Dean hoped to compete in the Indianapolis 500, but his busy schedule made this vision impossible.
    In recognition of his performance in East of Eden, Dean was nominated posthumously for the 1956 Academy Awards as Best Actor in a Leading Role of 1955, the first official posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history. (Jeanne Eagels was nominated for Best Actress in 1929, when the rules for selection of the winner were different.) East of Eden was the only film starring Dean that he would see released in his lifetime.
    More Details Hide Details Dean quickly followed up his role in Eden with a starring role as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause, a film that would prove to be hugely popular among teenagers. The film has been cited as an accurate representation of teenage angst. It co-starred teen actors Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, and Dennis Hopper and was directed by Nicholas Ray. Giant, which was posthumously released in 1956, saw Dean play a supporting role to Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. This was due to his desire to avoid being typecast as a rebellious teenager like Cal Trask or Jim Stark. In the film, he plays Jett Rink, a Texan ranch hand who strikes oil and becomes wealthy. His role was notable in that, in order to portray an older version of his character in the film's later scenes, Dean dyed his hair gray and shaved some of it off to give himself a receding hairline.
  • 1954
    Age 23
    In 1954, Dean became interested in developing an auto racing career.
    More Details Hide Details He purchased various vehicles after filming for East of Eden had concluded, including a Triumph Tiger T110 and a Porsche 356.
    After finishing his role for East of Eden, he took a brief trip to New York in October 1954.
    More Details Hide Details While he was away, Angeli unexpectedly announced her engagement to Italian-American singer Vic Damone. The press was shocked and Dean expressed his irritation. Angeli married Damone the following month. Gossip columnists reported that Dean watched the wedding from across the road on his motorcycle, even gunning the engine during the ceremony, although Dean later denied doing anything so "dumb." Some, like Bast and Paul Alexander, believe the relationship was a mere publicity stunt. Esme Chandlee, the publicist at Angeli's home studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who had kept news of her love affair with Kirk Douglas under wraps, believed that Angeli had been more smitten with Kirk than Jimmy Dean. Pier Angeli talked only once about the relationship in her later life in an interview, giving vivid descriptions of romantic meetings at the beach. Dean biographer John Howlett said these read like wishful fantasies, as Bast claims them to be. Hyams, in his 1992 biography of Dean, claims that he visited Dean just as Angeli, then married to Damone, was leaving his home. Dean was crying and allegedly told Hyams she was pregnant, with Hyams concluding that Dean believed the child might be his.
    Dean was cast in the role and on April 8, 1954, left New York City and headed for Los Angeles to begin shooting.
    More Details Hide Details Much of Dean's performance in the film is unscripted, including his dance in the bean field and his fetal-like posturing while riding on top of a train boxcar (after searching out his mother in nearby Monterey). The most famous improvisation of the film occurs when Cal's father rejects his gift of $5,000, money Cal earned by speculating in beans before the US became involved in World War I. Instead of running away from his father as the script called for, Dean instinctively turned to Massey and in a gesture of extreme emotion, lunged forward and grabbed him in a full embrace, crying. Kazan kept this and Massey's shocked reaction in the film. Dean's performance in the film foreshadowed his role as Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause. Both characters are angst-ridden protagonists and misunderstood outcasts, desperately craving approval from a father figure.
    One early role, for the CBS series Omnibus in the episode "Glory in the Flower", saw Dean portraying the type of disaffected youth he would later portray in Rebel Without a Cause. (This summer 1953 program was also notable for featuring the song "Crazy Man, Crazy", one of the first dramatic TV programs to feature rock and roll.) Positive reviews for Dean's 1954 theatrical role as "Bachir", a pandering North African houseboy, in an adaptation of André Gide's book The Immoralist, led to calls from Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details In 1953, director Elia Kazan was looking for a substantive actor to play the emotionally complex role of 'Cal Trask', for screenwriter Paul Osborn's adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel East of Eden. The lengthy novel deals with the story of the Trask and Hamilton families over the course of three generations, focusing especially on the lives of the latter two generations in Salinas Valley, California, from the mid-19th century through the 1910s. In contrast to the book, the film script focused on the last portion of the story, predominantly with the character of Cal. Though he initially seems more aloof and emotionally troubled than his twin brother Aron, Cal is soon seen to be more worldly, business savvy, and even sagacious than their pious and constantly disapproving father (played by Raymond Massey) who seeks to invent a vegetable refrigeration process. Cal is bothered by the mystery of their supposedly dead mother, and discovers she is still alive and a brothel-keeping 'madam'; the part was played by actress Jo Van Fleet.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    Actress Liz Sheridan details her relationship with Dean in New York in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking of the relationship in 1996, she said that it was "just kind of magical. It was the first love for both of us." Sheridan published her memoir, Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean; A Love Story in 2000. Dean also dated Swiss actress Ursula Andress. "She was seen riding around Hollywood on the back of James's motorcycle," writes biographer Darwin Porter. She was also seen with Dean in his sports cars, and was with him on the day he bought the car that he died in. At the time, Andress was also dating Marlon Brando.
    Proud of this accomplishment, Dean referred to the Studio in a 1952 letter to his family as "The greatest school of the theater.
    More Details Hide Details It houses great people like Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Arthur Kennedy, Mildred Dunnock.... Very few get into it... It is the best thing that can happen to an actor. I am one of the youngest to belong." There, he was classmates and close friends with Carroll Baker, with whom he would eventually star in Giant (1956). Dean's career picked up and he performed in further episodes of such early 1950s television shows as Kraft Television Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The United States Steel Hour, Danger, and General Electric Theater.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 20
    In October 1951, following the encouragement of actor James Whitmore and the advice of his mentor Rogers Brackett, Dean moved to New York City.
    More Details Hide Details There he worked as a stunt tester for the game show Beat the Clock, but was subsequently fired for allegedly performing the tasks too quickly. He also appeared in episodes of several CBS television series, The Web, Studio One, and Lux Video Theatre, before gaining admission to the legendary Actors Studio to study method acting under Lee Strasberg.
    In January 1951, he dropped out of UCLA to pursue a full-time career as an actor.
    More Details Hide Details Dean's first television appearance was in a Pepsi Cola television commercial. He quit college to act full-time and was cast in his first speaking part, as John the Beloved Disciple in Hill Number One, an Easter television special dramatizing the resurrection of Jesus. Dean worked at the widely filmed Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif during production of the program, for which a replica of the tomb of Jesus was built on location at the ranch. Dean subsequently obtained three walk-on roles in movies: as a soldier in Fixed Bayonets!, as a boxing cornerman in Sailor Beware, a Paramount comedy starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and as a youth in Has Anybody Seen My Gal? While struggling to get jobs in Hollywood, Dean also worked as a parking lot attendant at CBS Studios, during which time he met Rogers Brackett, a radio director for an advertising agency, who offered him professional help and guidance in his chosen career, as well as a place to stay.
  • 1949
    Age 18
    After graduating from Fairmount High School in May 1949, Dean moved back to California with his dog, Max, to live with his father and stepmother.
    More Details Hide Details He enrolled in Santa Monica College (SMC) and majored in pre-law. He transferred to UCLA for one semester, and changed his major to drama, which resulted in estrangement from his father. He pledged the Sigma Nu fraternity but was never initiated. While at UCLA, Dean was picked from a group of 350 actors to portray Malcolm in Macbeth. At that time, he also began acting in James Whitmore's workshop.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Age 0
    Born on February 8, 1931.
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