There are a few actors who name images of a classic rebel. However, the first name that usually comes to mind is the most charming rebel of all, James Dean.
Dean was a fast-rising star when his career – and his life – was cut short by a horrible tragedy. Dean’s death did not stop the growing popularity, however. In fact, he was the only actor to be nominated twice for an Academy Award posthumously and is still famous to this day.
James Dean was born in Indiana
Dean He was born in a small town in Indiana, living there until he was five years old. He and his family moved to California, where he remained until his mother died when he was just nine years old. At that time, he returned to Indiana and lived on a farm with a sister and uncle.
Dean moved back to California after graduating from high school. He went to the University of California for two years, where he studied theater. During his time in LA, Dean was involved in specialty commercial and television products. He had small roles in three films before deciding to move to New York City.
Dean’s mentor, teacher, and co-actor, James Whitmore, led the young man to pursue a more dangerous career across the country. Dean began making a name for himself in New York with a mix of weird works and Broadway shows.
In 1952, Dean portrayed a portrait of Wally Winkins in the play, See the Jaguar. The audience did not like the play, but the actor got another chance to shine in a different play, An Immoralist. Dean Bachir, a houseboy who deceives a man at his honeymoon, played in Algeria.
He became the most dreamy rebel in Hollywood
Dean’s Performance into An Immoralist it captured several influential names in the film industry, including director Elia Kazan. Kazan cast as Cal Trask, the lead role in a 1955 film, East of Eden.
East of Eden it was based on the last part of the Steinbeck novel. The story is very similar to modern day Cain and Abel, focusing on the relationship between a father and his two sons. Cal is a brutal, troubled young man who envies his father’s respect for his brother, Aron.
Dean brought the character to life, entering the role with an obvious passion that listeners everywhere could feel. The young actor had shown America what he could bring to the big screen as a lead man. This made it his second most famous career.
Rebel for no reason was Dean’s most popular film. Jim Stark became one of the most iconic characters in film history, and Dean was expertly involved with other film legends such as Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, and Dennis Hopper.
Dean ‘s humorous performance and good looks made him heartbroken. Teenagers across the country recognized by the Stark uprising against the traditional American values of the elders.
Tragedy brought the brilliant image far too soon
The next project for the fast-rising star was a film called Giant, by Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. The film gave Dean a chance for a new kind of career, allowing him to prove that he wasn’t just a tight-knit terrorist.
When the filming was complete, Dean was planning to compete in a sports car collection in Salinas. There was a passion for racing, with dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500 one day. He jumped into his Porsche 550 Spyder coin, and went on that horrible trip to Salinas.
On the way there, Dean was dragged over by the police and given a speeding ticket. The ticket apparently did not spoil her spirits, however. Just two hours later, Dean nearly fell in first place into a Ford Tudor turning at a crossroads.
According to crash reports, Dean died almost immediately, suffering a broken neck and extensive internal injuries. Dean’s passenger, Rolf Wutherich (mechanic), was seriously injured, but escaped with his life. The driver of the other vehicle was only slightly injured.
There were rumors circulating that Dean’s car was empty cursed. The car rolled off a flat truck and crushed the legs of a mechanic. When the car was subsequently sold for parts, the damaged cars suffered accidentally. They were all involved in crashes, and the remains of one of these vehicles are said to have disappeared from the crash.