February 8, 1931
September 30, 1955
5 ft 8 in | 173 cm
64 kg | 140 lbs
9 US | 42 EU
James Byron Dean was born in Marion, Indiana, United States, on February 8, 1931, was an American actor.
Young James Dean first started performing during his years at the UCLA.
He first started his professional acting career in a play "Macbeth", in role as Malcolm and in James Whitmore's workshop.
He began his career on television in a Pepsi Cola commercial. He got his television acting debut in Family Theater (1951) in episode "Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration", in role as John the Apostle.
He landed his big screen debut in drama film Fixed Bayonets! (1951) in uncredited role as Doggie.
Dean's breakthrough performance came as Caleb Trask in drama romance film East of Eden (1955), directed by Elia Kazan.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Jett Rink in epic Western drama film Giant (1956) opposite Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor.
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Jim Stark in drama movie Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
He was nominated for the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and he won a Golden Globe Special Achievement Award for Best Dramatic Actor for his performance as Caleb Trask in drama romance film East of Eden (1955).
He played various characters in television series:
Kraft Television Theatre (1952–1953)
Lux Video Theatre (1952-1955)
Treasury Men in Action (1953)
Westinghouse Studio One (1953)
Campbell Summer Soundstage (1953)
General Electric Theater (1954)
Attended Brentwood Public School and McKinley Elementary School in Los Angeles, California.
Graduated from Fairmount High School in May 1949.
Graduated from Santa Monica College in California.
Studied drama at the UCLA.
Studied method acting under Lee Strasberg.
James was the first actor to receive the Academy Award nomination posthumously.
Was close friends with actress Elizabeth Taylor.
He was a fan of Elvis Presley.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1719 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.
He liked fast cars.
Dean died on September 30, 1955, Cholame, California, United States in a car crash, at the age of 24.
He was engaged to Liz Sheridan (1952).
He dated Ursula Andress (1955), Terry Moore (1954), Pier Angeli (1952-1953) and William Bast (1950-1954).