He appeared in several uncredited bit roles in such forgettable films as Sailor Beware, but finally gained recognition and success in 1955 in his first starring role, that of Cal Trask in East of Eden, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He followed this up in rapid succession with two more starring roles, in Rebel Without a Cause, also in 1955, and in the 1956 production of Giant, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Dean died in a road accident in a Porsche Spyder 356, before Giant was released. He is buried in Park Cemetery in his home town of Fairmount. He is one of only five people to be nominated for Best Actor for his first feature role, and the only person to be nominated twice after his death.
Dean epitomized the rebellion of 1950s teens, especially in his role in Rebel Without a Cause. Many teenagers of the time modeled themselves after him, and his death cast a pall on many members of his generation. His very brief career, violent death and highly publicized funeral transformed James Dean into a cult object of apparently timeless fascination.
James Dean is interred in the Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana.
James Dean Facts
|Birth Name||James Byron Dean|
|Birthday||February 8, 1931|
|Birthplace||Marion, Indiana, USA|
|Date of death||September 30, 1955 (age 24)|
|Height||5' 8" (1m73) How tall is James Dean compared to you?|
|Awards||1956 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama|
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