James Dean Facts

James Dean Facts
James Dean was an American actor who is best known for his role in the 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause. He was born James Byron Dean on February 8th, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Winton Dean and Mildred Marie Wilson. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was young. His mother died of cancer when he was nine and his father sent him to live with relatives in Indiana. After graduating from high school James Dean moved back to California and attended college for theater. He landed a few roles and moved to New York City in 1951. He died in a car accident when his acting career was reaching Oscar status, at the age of 24.
Interesting James Dean Facts:
James Dean had said he didn't expect to live past 30. He was racing cars professionally when he wasn't acting.
James Dean was a champion pole vaulter when he was a teenager in high school.
James Dean starred in his first Broadway show See the Jaguar in 1952, but it closed after 6 days.
There were a lot of rumors that James Dean had a relationship with men as well as women throughout his career.
James Dean dated Liz Sheridan at one time, the actress who went on to play Jerry Seinfeld's mother on Seinfeld.
When James Dean was a child he had an accident in a barn and knocked out his front teeth. He had to wear a dental bridge and as an adult used to prank people by putting his bridge in their drinking glass.
The last time that James Dean signed his name was on a speeding ticket he got a week before he died in a car accident.
While filming the movie Giant, James Dean was banned from doing any race car driving.
James Dean became interested in car racing when his minister took him to the Indy 500 when he was just a child.
James Dean filmed Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, which would go on to become his most famous role. He died before it was released. In the movie he played Jim Stark, a troubled teenager.
James Dean was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Foreign Actor for Rebel Without a Cause. He was also nominated for an Oscar for his role.
James Dean was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Giant after he died.
In 1956 James Dean won a Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actor for his role in the movie East of Eden. He also won a Jussi Award Best Foreign Actor in 1956 for this role.
James Dean figured he would one day be bored with acting and move on to directing films instead.
James Dean role model was admittedly Marlon Brando.
James Dean could play the bongo drums.
When the movie East of Eden was released in preview girls were so crazy about James Dean that they would scream whenever he appeared on the screen.
James Dean died in a head on collision on September 30th, 1955.

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