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James Dean

Actor James Dean

Profession: Actor

United States of America

Why Famous: Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden

Born: February 8, 1931
Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: September 30, 1955 (aged 24)
Cause of Death: Car accident

Historical Events

  • 1950-12-13 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial
  • 1955-09-30 American actor and cultural icon James Dean is killed in a car crash aged 24
  • 1955-10-27 "Rebel Without a Cause", directed by Nicholas Ray, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood, is released
  • 1956-10-10 "Giant", directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean in his last role, premieres in NYC

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