Did you know? He was born (February 8, 1931) in Marion, a small town in Indiana. James Byron Dean, an only child, was sent to live with with his aunt and uncle after the death of his mother when James was only nine years old. A popular and exemplary high school student, Dean excelled in sports, (varsity baseball and basketball), public speaking and drama. He decided to quit college to pursue a full-time career in acting. What is astounding about James Dean is that he achieved such fame and Hollywood cult status after only starring in three movies! The big three being; “East of Eden”, “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant” which co-starred Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson. Many more movies were in the works for him, but sadly Dean was killed in his Porsche 550 Spyder “Little Bastard” on September 30, 1955 in a high-speed crash before any of those films could materialize. James Dean became the first actor to win two Academy Award nominations posthumously.
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