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James Byron Dean was born on 8 February 1931, in Marion, Indiana USA, of English, Irish, Welsh, German, and Scottish descent. Dean was an actor, best known for being one of the best during the Golden Age of Hollywood, in such films as “Rebel Without a Cause” and “East of Eden”. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 1955.

How rich was James Dean? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that was at $20 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actor. He was even nominated posthumously for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the only actor to have had two such nominations after his death. All of these ensured the position of his wealth.

James Dean Net Worth $20 million

Dean attended Brentwood Public School but transferred to McKinley Elementary School. He had a close relationship with his mother, but she would die of uterine cancer when Dean was just nine years old, and since his father was unable to take care of him, he was sent to live with his aunt in Indiana. There he would develop a close relationship with Rev. James DeWeerd, who would become an influence on James’ future interests. At school, he became very popular and played in both the school’s basketball and baseball teams. He also studied public speaking and drama, then matriculating from Fairmount High School. He moved back to live with his father, and attended Santa Monica College before transferring to UCLA, focusing on drama, joining a production of “Macbeth”, and soon dropped out to pursue acting full-time.

Dean started out in a Pepsi Cola commercial, but was soon cast in “Hill Number One”. He would continue pursuing roles, and would appear in “Fixed Bayonets!”, “Sailor Beware”, and “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?” Since he had difficulty getting jobs in Hollywood, he also worked as a parking lot attendant, but soon met Rogers Brackett who would help him in his career. In 1951, Dean moved to New York City and became a stunt tester for the show “Beat the Clock”. He then appeared in the television series “Studio One”, and then admitted to the Actors Studio. His career was starting to take off as well, as he continued to make appearances, in “The United States Steel Hour”, “Danger”, and “Robert Montgomery Presents”.

James would get wide recognition after being cast in the film adaptation of the novel “East of Eden”. Despite being relatively unknown, he fitted the part perfectly, and even had a lot of moments that were unscripted; his performance would eventually earn him a posthumous acting nomination for an Academy Award. He was then cast in “Rebel with a Cause”, which was widely popular among teenagers during the time, because of its representation of teen angst. After his death, the film “Giant” was also released and it starred him alongside Elizabeth Taylor; for this film he would receive a second posthumous Best Actor Academy Award nomination a year later.

For his personal life, it is known that Dean’s life was filled with speculation about his sexual orientation, as reports surfaced that he was intimate with some men. He also dated actresses Beverly Wills, Jeanette Lewis, and Barbara Glenn. His best known relationship was with Italian actress Pier Angeli whom he met while shooting “The Silver Chalice”, and he also dated Liz Sheridan and Ursula Andress. Aside from these, Dean was a well-known racing enthusiast and often competed in racing car events. Ironically, while travelling on US Route 466 on 30 September 1955, Dean’s car collided with another and his vehicle was sent flying to the side of the highway, and he sustained multiple injuries which proved fatal.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 8, 1931
Birth place: Marion, Indiana, U.S.
Death date: September 30, 1955, Cholame, California, United States
Height:1.73 m
Profession:Actor
Education:Fairmount Public School, University of California, Los Angeles Indiana High School, Forensic Association Santa Monica College, Brentwood Public School
Nationality:American
Parents:Winton Dean, Mildred Wilson
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Interesting Facts

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1Jack Warner forbade James Dean to ride his Triumph 500cc TR5 motorcycle and his Porsch Spyder while under contract at Warner Brothers Studio. Jack Warner's concession to Dean was that Warner allowed Dean to race the Porsch Spyder on professional auto racing track meets. The Warner contract and Jack Warner-James Dean agreement, nevertheless, did not prevent Dean from driving the Triumph motorcycle and his "Little Bastard" Spyder in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. That Friday morning on October 30th, the Porsch was to be mounted on a tow vehicle's car trailer transporting Dean's car and Dean and his pit crew team to the Salinas racing track. Dean had already decided to drive the Porsch himself, and the pit team crew were to follow him with the car trailer in tow. Vern Lanegrasse was one of the few Hollywoodites recognizing James Dean driving, with his mechanic Rolf Weütherich sitting in the passenger seat, as Dean stopped in traffic at the Hollywood intersection of Fountain and Vine streets at 9:45 a.m. heading North.
2Madonna's song "Jimmy Jimmy" from her True Blue album, was written in his honor.
3His fragrance of choice was Knize Ten.
4Mentioned in Adam Lambert's song Ghost Town "I tried to believe in God and James Dean but Hollywood sold out".
5Mentioned in Taylor Swift's song, "Style" "You've got that James Dean daydream look in your eye.".
6Lana Del Rey has a song titled "Blue Jeans" where she mentions a man reminding her of James. Saying, "Blue jeans, white shirt. Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn. It was like, James Dean, for sure.".
7Senses Fail mentions him in a song titled "Choke on this". The lyrics go "you can be my James Dean, I'll be your sweet queen.".
8Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have admired James Dean and mentioned that watching Dean's performance in East of Eden (1955) was one of the factors that influenced him to become an actor.
9The character of Fry on Futurama is based on his look in Rebel Without A Cause.
10Is mentioned in Beyoncé's song "Rather Die Young".
11James Dean's grave is located at Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana, which is nearly 2,300 miles from where he perished in his fatal car crash on the intersection leading to Cholame, California.
12Had an interest in bullfighting.
13Before his acting career took off, Dean would often sleep in his car if he couldn't afford rent.
14He said on numerous occasions that he did not expect to live past the age of 30.
15Was a skilled painter and excelled in art class.
16His three well-known film characters in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956) share some odd similarities. The full name of all of his three roles are formed by eight letters (Jim Stark, Cal Trask and Jett Rink); all of them are finished with a 'K'; and two of them have a surname with the exact same letters (Stark and Trask).
17On the night Dean was killed, four of his co-stars: Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Nick Adams, and Dick Davalos, were all having dinner together in New York. The conversation turned to Dean, his new Porsche, and speculation that his speeding would cause him to have an accident during the coming year.
18Actor James Whitmore, whose class Dean was attending recommended to the actor that he apply to th Actor's Studio. Among his friends at the studio were Roddy McDowall, Vivian Nathan, and David Stewart.
19At the time of his death, Dean was set to star in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM, a loan-out from his home studio Warner Bros. in exchange for Elizabeth Taylor's services in Dean's last film Giant (1956).
20His headstone was stolen twice but recovered.
21In 1952 when Dean and two friends hitchhiked to Indiana, Clyde McCullough, catcher for the Major League Pittsburgh Pirates gave them a ride from the end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Des Moines, where he was scheduled to play and exhibition game.
22One version of how Dean acquired the nickname Little Bastard was that Warner Bros. stunt driver Bill Hickman , who was known as 'Big Bastard', bestowed it on him. But another more vouched for version is that studio boss Jack Warner once referred to Dean as a 'little bastard' after the young star had refused to give up his trailer parked on the temporary spot assigned it during production of East of Eden (1955).
23He did a promo for Highway Safety on TVs "Warner Bros Presents"(1955), just prior to his death. His last line, "The life you save could be mine".
24Madonna's song "Jimmy Jimmy" from her True Blue album was written in his honor.
25He suffered from very erratic mood swings and it is believed that he may have had undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.
26Was a mediocre student in high school although he was a very popular athlete.
27He had originally majored in pre-Law but switched to Drama, which angered his father.
28Lived in Los Angeles from the ages of 6 to 9 before his mother's death.
29Was very close friends with Elizabeth Taylor.
30Former lover William Bast wrote a book about their relationship titled "Surviving James Dean".
31Mentioned in the song "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed.
32According to Elizabeth Taylor, Dean was molested consistently by a trusted clergy member at the age of 11 years and in a state of having been bereft of his mother.
33According to Dennis Hopper, he once threatened to kill a director with a switchblade.
34Is referenced in the Lady Gaga song Speechless, "I can't believe how you looked at me with your James Dean glossy eyes".
35One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, Alan Arkin, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift.
36Mentor and friend of Dennis Hopper.
37'Rolf Weütherich', the German auto mechanic who was riding with Dean in the passenger seat during his fatal auto crash, was thrown from the car by the impact and received multiple injuries. After Dean's death, he fell into a depression from the trauma of the incident and made several suicide attempts. He died in Germany in 1981 in an auto accident similar to the one that James Dean died in.
38At the time of his death, he was signed to play in "The Battler" on the Playwrights '56 (1955) television series. The role went instead to Paul Newman.
39While filming The Swan (1956) in Hollywood, Alec Guinness he met James Dean, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!" Guinness unfortunately proved right.
40His father inherited his estate, which was valued at the time of his death at $96,438.44 after taxes. The bulk of the estate came from his life insurance policy as well as $6,750 in insurance claims from his Porsche Spyder. His checking account had a balance of $3,256.48.
41Much like Dean himself was with Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley emulated and idolized James Dean. He would talk to friends for hours about his reverence for Dean, and got into acting as a way of following in Dean's footsteps. He confessed to his friends and close ones that Dean had the acting career he always wanted.
42His closest and most intimate friend for the last five years of his life was William Bast.
43Was originally considered for the leading role in Oklahoma! (1955).
44Mentioned in Don McLean's hit song "American Pie".
45Was biggest idol of Elvis Presley.
46Referenced by name in the Skid Row song, "Forever" ("wild cigarettes like James Dean").
47Was terribly near-sighted and wore thick glasses when not on screen.
48Known to have loved animals as he spoke fondly of being raised around cows, pigs and chickens when he was young. He also was given a Siamese kitten named Marcus as gift by Elizabeth Taylor.
49Was Oscar nominated in two-thirds of his films, a record which will probably never be bettered.
50Just before his death, his agent, Jane Deacy, negotiated a 9-picture deal over 6 years with Warner Bros. worth $900,000. Dean's next project was to be a television version for NBC of Emlyn Williams' play "The Corn is Green", in which he was to star with Judith Anderson. His next film was to be Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), a biopic of boxer Rocky Graziano, for which Warners were loaning him to MGM and in which he was replaced by Paul Newman. Newman also replaced him in the role of Billy the Kid in The Left Handed Gun (1958). Three other roles with which he was being linked were the leads in Gun for a Coward (1957), The Sea Wall (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
51His performance as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is ranked #43 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
52Was good friends with Martin Landau.
53While a struggling actor in the 1950s, he once lived at 19 West 68th Street, off Manhattan's Central Park West.
54According to Marlon Brando, Dean would often call him, leaving messages with Brando's answering service. Brando would sometimes listen, silently, as Dean instructed the service to have Brando call back. Brando, disturbed that Dean was copying his life-style (motorcyle, bongo drums) and acting techniques, did not return his calls. The two met at least three times: on the set of East of Eden (1955); on the set of Désirée (1954) and at a party, where Brando took Dean aside and told him he had emotional problems that required psychiatric attention.
55Like his hero Marlon Brando (Dean had been separated from his own father as a child and was distant from him. Brando apparently served as a role model for Dean) Dean wanted to write. He told gossip columnist Hedda Hopper that writing was his supreme ambition.
56Signed a nine-picture, $1-million deal with Warner Bros. before his death. He did not live long enough to honor it.
57At the time of his death, Dean was signed to appear in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM and The Left Handed Gun (1958) at Warner Bros. Both parts subsequently were taken by Paul Newman and helped make him a star. Newman's career may very well have been retarded if Dean had lived as, while still alive, they competed for the same roles (East of Eden (1955)).
58His final screen test for East of Eden (1955) was shot with Paul Newman, who also was in the final running for one of the roles. Originally, director Elia Kazan had considered casting Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in the roles of the two brothers, but they were too old to play teenagers as they were both in the their 30s in 1954. Newman's age, 29, also put him at a disadvantage. Dean, 23 years old and Richard Davalos, aged 19, were cast as the fraternal twins.
59His first professional acting gig was in a Coca-Cola commercial, handing out bottles of Coke to teenagers who were riding a merry-go-round.
60His tastes in music were eclectic. He liked African Tribal music and Afro-Cuban music, as well as classical (Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky); jazz/blues(Billie Holiday) and pop (Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra). His favorite song was Billie Holiday's "When Your Lover Has Gone" and his favorite album was Sinatra's "Songs for Young Lovers".
61President Ronald Reagan referred to Dean as "America's Rebel".
62Lost his two front teeth in a motorcycle accident in his youth.
63Aping Marlon Brando, he also bought a Triumph motorcycle. Instead of Brando's 650cc 6T Thunderbird model, which he used in the film, The Wild One (1953), he bought the smaller 500cc TR5 Trophy model. This Triumph featured in a famous series of photographs by Phil Stern, the motorcycle itself being recovered, restored and currently displayed at the "James Dean Museum" in Fairmount, Indiana.
64Received posthumous Oscar nominations for his his first and last ever screen performances: East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956).
65One of the many personalities mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" (1989).
66He was descended largely from early British settlers to America.
67Had a fondness for auto racing and had purchased the 1955 Porsche Spyder sports car, one of only 90 made of that year model, planning to participate in the upcoming races in Salinas, CA on Oct 1, 1955.
68Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
69Hilary Duff's 2005 "Most Wanted" album includes the song "Mr. James Dean", which is all about him.
70Loved playing practical jokes on friends and reading.
71Was named #18 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
72He was voted the 30th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
73His favorite book was "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. James Franco - who played Dean in the biopic James Dean (2001), voiced The Fox in the animated film adaptation of the book, Mazasis princas (2015).
74Director Elia Kazan did not believe that Dean would have been able to sustain the momentum of his career. He felt that Dean's career, had he lived, would have sputtered out, as he was not well-trained and relied too much on his instincts, as opposed to his idol Marlon Brando, who, contrary to what people believed, had been very well-trained by his acting teacher Stella Adler and relied on that training to create his characters.
75Elia Kazan, in his 1988 autobiography "A Life", says that during the production of East of Eden (1955), he had to have Dean move into a bungalow near his on the Warner Bros. lot to keep an eye on him, so wild was his nightlife.
76Marlon Brando, in his 1994 autobiography "Songs My Mother Taught Me", says that Dean, who idolized him, based his acting on him and his lifestyle on what he thought Brando's lifestyle was.
77According to "The Mutant King", David Dalton's 1974 biography of James Dean, the rumor that Dean was a masochist who liked to have cigarettes stubbed out on his naked body can be traced to a pencil sketch of his called "The Human Ash Tray". The sketch featured a human body, in the guise of an ash tray, with many cigarette stubs in it. Dalton speculates that the sketch has nothing to do with Dean's sexual proclivities but much to do with the fact that he was a heavy smoker.
78Was a graduate from Santa Monica College, a California junior college that boasts its elite drama program. Went on to UCLA but left after appearing in one stage production, as Malcolm in "Macbeth", as he was anxious to get his acting career started.
79He was voted the 22nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
80Referenced by name in the John Mellencamp song "Jack and Diane".
81Along with Martin Sheen and Steve McQueen, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
82Dean's acting breakthrough came on Broadway in the drama "See the Jaguar", despite its run of only 4 days.
83In her book "Dizzy and Jimmy", Liz Sheridan claims she and Dean were engaged.
84At the time of his death, Dean did not leave behind a will, so most of his possessions went to his father, Winton Dean, whose relationship with him was distant at best.
85During the filming of Giant (1956), he and Rock Hudson did not get along. This tension heightened their on-screen clashes. However, according to Hudson's ex-wife Phyllis Gates, he cried after hearing the news of Dean's death. Gates wrote, "Rock couldn't be reached. He was overcome by guilt and shame, almost as though he himself had killed James Dean."
86Contrary to popular belief, Dean's middle name was not taken from Lord Byron, but from a relative, "Byron" Dean.
87One of only four male actors to be posthumously nominated for an Oscar as best actor in a leading role. The others were Spencer Tracy, Peter Finch, and Massimo Troisi.
88East of Eden (1955) was the only one of the three movies in which he had major roles to be released while he was alive.
89He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of rock band Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" album, released in 1987.
90Donald Turnupseed, the driver of the other car involved in Dean's accident, died of cancer in 1995. Turnupseed couldn't swerve out of the way of Dean's Porsche Spyder, but he successfully swerved journalists who frequently pestered him for interviews about the accident.
91As promotion for Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Dean filmed an interview with actor Gig Young for the "Behind the Camera" segment of the ABC series "Warner Bros. Presents" in July 1955. Dean told Young, "I used to fly around quite a bit, you know, I took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highway.... Now when I drive on the highway, I'm extra cautious." When asked if he had advice for young drivers, Dean concluded the interview, "Take it easy driving. The life you might save might be mine." Dean died soon afterward and the interview was never aired.
92Pledged Sigma Nu fraternity but dropped out of college before being initiated.
93Pictured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, originally issued on Monday, June 24th, 1996.
94Only actor in history to receive more than one Oscar nomination posthumously.
95Immortalized in 1974 by the song "Rock On" sung by David Essex.
96Cousin of Marcus Winslow Jr.
97Nephew of Ortense Winslow (sister of his father) and Marcus Winslow.
98Grandson of Charles Dean and Emma Dean.
99Was the first actor to receive an Academy Award nomination posthumously, for his role in East of Eden (1955). However, he did not win.
100Eagles penned a lyric about him that went: "Too fast to live, too young to die."
101He was issued a speeding ticket only two hours and fifteen minutes before his fatal accident.
102Won the Bloom Award as "Best Newcomer" for early Broadway work in "The Immoralist".
103Briefly studied dance with Katherine Dunham.
104Reportedly, Dean was very much in love with Pier Angeli and they planned to marry, but her mother blocked the union because Dean wasn't Catholic and she helped arrange Pier's marriage to Vic Damone. Before she committed suicide, Pier wrote that Dean was the only man she had ever really loved.
105Interred at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana, USA.
106He also worked as a "stunt tester" on the game show Beat the Clock (1950), testing the safety of the stunts that some of the studio audience members would later perform. However he proved so agile at completing the stunts that his results couldn't be used to set time limits for contestants to complete them. So he was reluctantly let go.
107Most of his so-called affairs with various starlets were made up by the Warner Brothers PR. He did have love affairs with Pier Angeli and Liz Sheridan.
108The famous Failure Analysis Associates, from Menlo Park, California, re-constructed and re-created all details of the accident at the same approximate time on September 30th and have concluded that James Dean was travelling 55 to 56 m.p.h. when the fateful accident occurred, thereby proving he had not been speeding, as rumor had it.
109Ranked #33 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
110Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#42).
111Mentioned in Adam Lambert's song Ghost Town "I tried to believe in God and James Dean but Hollywood sold out".
112Mentioned in Taylor Swift's song, "Style" "You've got that James Dean daydream look in your eye.".
113Lana Del Rey has a song titled "Blue Jeans" where she mentions a man reminding her of James. Saying, "Blue jeans, white shirt. Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn. It was like, James Dean, for sure.".
114Senses Fail mentions him in a song titled "Choke on this" the lyrics go "you can be my James Dean. Ill be your sweet queen.".
115Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have admired James Dean and mentioned that watching Dean's performance in East of Eden (1955) was one of the factors that influenced him to become an actor.
116The character of Fry on Futurama is based on his look in Rebel Without A Cause.
117Is mentioned in Beyoncé's song "Rather Die Young".
118James Dean's grave is located at Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana, which is nearly 2,300 miles from where he perished in his fatal car crash on the intersection leading to Cholame, California.
119Had an interest in bullfighting.
120Before his acting career took off, Dean would often sleep in his car if he couldn't afford rent.
121Ironically, he said on numerous occasions that he did not expect to live past the age of 30.
122Was a skilled painter and excelled in art class.
123His three well-known film characters in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956) share some odd similarities. The full name of all of his three roles are formed by eight letters (Jim Stark, Cal Trask and Jett Rink); all of them are finished with a 'K'; and two of them have a surname with the exact same letters (Stark and Trask).
124Ironically on the night Dean was killed, four of his co-stars: Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Nick Adams, and Dick Davalos, were all having dinner together in New York. The conversation turned to Dean, his new Porsche, and speculation that his speeding would cause him to have an accident during the coming year.
125Actor James Whitmore, whose class Dean was attending recommended to the actor that he apply to th Actor's Studio. Among his friends at the studio were Roddy McDowall, Vivian Nathan, and David Stewart.
126At the time of his death, Dean was set to star in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM, a loan-out from his home studio Warner Bros. ironically in exchange for Elizabeth Taylor's services in Dean's last film Giant (1956).
127His headstone was stolen twice but recovered.
128In 1952 when Dean and two friends hitchhiked to Indiana, Clyde McCullough, catcher for the Major League Pittsburgh Pirates gave them a ride from the end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Des Moines, where he was scheduled to play and exhibition game.
129One version of how Dean acquired the nickname Little Bastard was that Warner Bros. stunt driver Bill Hickman , who was known as 'Big Bastard', bestowed it on him. But another more vouched for version is that studio boss Jack Warner once referred to Dean as a 'little bastard' after the young star had refused to give up his trailer parked on the temporary spot assigned it during production of East of Eden (1955).
130He did a promo for Highway Safety on TVs "Warner Bros Presents"(1955), just prior to his death. His last line, "The life you save could be mine".
131Madonna's song "Jimmy Jimmy" from her True Blue album was written in his honor.
132He suffered from very erratic mood swings and it is believed that he may have had undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.
133Was a mediocre student in high school although he was a very popular athlete.
134He had originally majored in pre-Law but switched to Drama, which angered his father.
135Lived in Los Angeles from the ages of 6 to 9 before his mother's death.
136Was very close friends with Elizabeth Taylor.
137Former lover William Bast wrote a book about their relationship titled "Surviving James Dean".
138Mentioned in the song "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed.
139According to Elizabeth Taylor, Dean was molested consistently by a trusted clergy member at the age of 11 years and in a state of having been bereft of his mother.
140According to Dennis Hopper, he once threatened to kill a director with a switchblade.
141Is referenced in the Lady Gaga song Speechless, "I can't believe how you looked at me with your James Dean glossy eyes".
142One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, Alan Arkin, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift.
143Mentor and friend of Dennis Hopper.
144'Rolf Weütherich', the German auto mechanic who was riding with Dean in the passenger seat during his fatal auto crash, was thrown from the car by the impact and received multiple injuries. After Dean's death, he fell into a depression from the trauma of the incident and made several suicide attempts. He died in Germany in 1981 in an auto accident similar to the one that James Dean died in.
145At the time of his death, he was signed to play in "The Battler" on the Playwrights '56 (1955) television series. The role went instead to Paul Newman.
146While filming The Swan (1956) in Hollywood, Alec Guinness he met James Dean, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!" Guinness unfortunately proved right.
147His father inherited his estate, which was valued at the time of his death at $96,438.44 after taxes. The bulk of the estate came from his life insurance policy as well as $6,750 in insurance claims from his Porsche Spyder. His checking account had a balance of $3,256.48.
148Much like Dean himself was with Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley emulated and idolized James Dean. He would talk to friends for hours about his reverence for Dean, and got into acting as a way of following in Dean's footsteps. He confessed to his friends and close ones that Dean had the acting career he always wanted.
149His closest and most intimate friend for the last five years of his life was William Bast.
150Was originally considered for the leading role in Oklahoma! (1955).
151Mentioned in Don McLean's hit song "American Pie".
152Was biggest idol of Elvis Presley.
153Referenced by name in the Skid Row song, "Forever" ("wild cigarettes like James Dean").
154Was terribly near-sighted and wore thick glasses when not on screen.
155Known to have loved animals as he spoke fondly of being raised around cows, pigs and chickens when he was young. He also was given a Siamese kitten named Marcus as gift by Elizabeth Taylor.
156Was Oscar nominated in two-thirds of his films, a record which will probably never be bettered.
157Just before his death, his agent, Jane Deacy, negotiated a 9-picture deal over 6 years with Warner Bros. worth $900,000. Dean's next project was to be a television version for NBC of Emlyn Williams' play "The Corn is Green", in which he was to star with Judith Anderson. His next film was to be Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), a biopic of boxer Rocky Graziano, for which Warners were loaning him to MGM and in which he was replaced by Paul Newman. Newman also replaced him in the role of Billy the Kid in The Left Handed Gun (1958). Three other roles with which he was being linked were the leads in Gun for a Coward (1957), This Angry Age (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
158His performance as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is ranked #43 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
159Was good friends with Martin Landau.
160While a struggling actor in the 1950s, he once lived at 19 West 68th Street, off Manhattan's Central Park West.
161According to Marlon Brando, Dean would often call him, leaving messages with Brando's answering service. Brando would sometimes listen, silently, as Dean instructed the service to have Brando call back. Brando, disturbed that Dean was copying his life-style (motorcyle, bongo drums) and acting techniques, did not return his calls. The two met at least three times: on the set of East of Eden (1955); on the set of Désirée (1954) and at a party, where Brando took Dean aside and told him he had emotional problems that required psychiatric attention.
162Like his hero Marlon Brando (Dean had been separated from his own father as a child and was distant from him. Brando apparently served as a role model for Dean) Dean wanted to write. He told gossip columnist Hedda Hopper that writing was his supreme ambition.
163Signed a nine-picture, $1-million deal with Warner Bros. before his death. He did not live long enough to honor it.
164At the time of his death, Dean was signed to appear in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM and The Left Handed Gun (1958) at Warner Bros. Both parts subsequently were taken by Paul Newman and helped make him a star. Newman's career may very well have been retarded if Dean had lived as, while still alive, they competed for the same roles (East of Eden (1955)).
165His final screen test for East of Eden (1955) was shot with Paul Newman, who also was in the final running for one of the roles. Originally, director Elia Kazan had considered casting Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in the roles of the two brothers, but they were too old to play teenagers as they were both in the their 30s in 1954. Newman's age, 29, also put him at a disadvantage. Dean, 23 years old and Richard Davalos, aged 19, were cast as the fraternal twins.
166His first professional acting gig was in a Coca-Cola commercial, handing out bottles of Coke to teenagers who were riding a merry-go-round.
167His tastes in music were eclectic. He liked African Tribal music and Afro-Cuban music, as well as classical (Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky); jazz/blues(Billie Holiday) and pop (Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra). His favorite song was Billie Holiday's "When Your Lover Has Gone" and his favorite album was Sinatra's "Songs for Young Lovers".
168President Ronald Reagan referred to Dean as "America's Rebel".
169Lost his two front teeth in a motorcycle accident in his youth.
170Aping Marlon Brando, he also bought a Triumph motorcycle. Instead of Brando's 650cc 6T Thunderbird model, which he used in the film, The Wild One (1953), he bought the smaller 500cc TR5 Trophy model. This Triumph featured in a famous series of photographs by Phil Stern, the motorcycle itself being recovered, restored and currently displayed at the "James Dean Museum" in Fairmount, Indiana.
171Received posthumous Oscar nominations for his his first and last ever screen performances: East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956).
172One of the many personalities mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" (1989).
173He was descended largely from early British settlers to America.
174Had a fondness for auto racing and had purchased the 1955 Porsche Spyder sports car, one of only 90 made of that year model, planning to participate in the upcoming races in Salinas, CA on Oct 1, 1955.
175Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
176Hilary Duff's 2005 "Most Wanted" album includes the song "Mr. James Dean", which is all about him.
177Loved playing practical jokes on friends and reading.
178Was named #18 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
179He was voted the 30th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
180His favorite book was "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
181Director Elia Kazan did not believe that Dean would have been able to sustain the momentum of his career. He felt that Dean's career, had he lived, would have sputtered out, as he was not well-trained and relied too much on his instincts, as opposed to his idol Marlon Brando, who, contrary to what people believed, had been very well-trained by his acting teacher Stella Adler and relied on that training to create his characters.
182Elia Kazan, in his 1988 autobiography "A Life", says that during the production of East of Eden (1955), he had to have Dean move into a bungalow near his on the Warner Bros. lot to keep an eye on him, so wild was his nightlife.
183Marlon Brando, in his 1994 autobiography "Songs My Mother Taught Me", says that Dean, who idolized him, based his acting on him and his lifestyle on what he thought Brando's lifestyle was.
184According to "The Mutant King", David Dalton's 1974 biography of James Dean, the rumor that Dean was a masochist who liked to have cigarettes stubbed out on his naked body can be traced to a pencil sketch of his called "The Human Ash Tray". The sketch featured a human body, in the guise of an ash tray, with many cigarette stubs in it. Dalton speculates that the sketch has nothing to do with Dean's sexual proclivities but much to do with the fact that he was a heavy smoker.
185Was a graduate from Santa Monica College, a California junior college that boasts its elite drama program. Went on to UCLA but left after appearing in one stage production, as Malcolm in "Macbeth", as he was anxious to get his acting career started.
186He was voted the 22nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
187Referenced by name in the John Mellencamp song "Jack and Diane".
188Along with Martin Sheen and Steve McQueen, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
189Dean's acting breakthrough came on Broadway in the drama "See the Jaguar", despite its run of less than a week (only 4 days).
190In her book "Dizzy and Jimmy", Liz Sheridan claims she and Dean were engaged.
191At the time of his death, Dean did not leave behind a will, so most of his possessions went to his father, Winton Dean, whose relationship with him was distant at best.
192During the filming of Giant (1956), he and Rock Hudson did not get along. This tension heightened their on-screen clashes. However, according to Hudson's ex-wife Phyllis Gates, he cried after hearing the news of Dean's death. Gates wrote, "Rock couldn't be reached. He was overcome by guilt and shame, almost as though he himself had killed James Dean."
193Contrary to popular belief, Dean's middle name was not taken from Lord Byron, but from a relative, "Byron" Dean.
194One of only four male actors to be posthumously nominated for an Oscar as best actor in a leading role. The others were Spencer Tracy, Peter Finch, and Massimo Troisi.
195East of Eden (1955) was the only one of the three movies in which he had major roles to be released while he was alive.
196He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of rock band Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" album, released in 1987.
197Donald Turnupseed, the driver of the other car involved in Dean's accident, died of cancer in 1995. Turnupseed couldn't swerve out of the way of Dean's Porsche Spyder, but he successfully swerved journalists who frequently pestered him for interviews about the accident.
198As promotion for Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Dean filmed an interview with actor Gig Young for the "Behind the Camera" segment of the ABC series "Warner Bros. Presents" in July 1955. Dean told Young, "I used to fly around quite a bit, you know, I took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highway.... Now when I drive on the highway, I'm extra cautious." When asked if he had advice for young drivers, Dean concluded the interview, "Take it easy driving. The life you might save might be mine." Dean died soon afterward and the interview was never aired.
199Pledged Sigma Nu fraternity but dropped out of college before being initiated.
200Pictured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, originally issued on Monday, June 24th, 1996.
201Only actor in history to receive more than one Oscar nomination posthumously.
202Immortalized in 1974 by the song "Rock On" sung by David Essex.
203Cousin of Marcus Winslow Jr.
204Nephew of Ortense Winslow (sister of his father) and Marcus Winslow.
205Grandson of Charles Dean and Emma Dean.
206Was the first actor to receive an Academy Award nomination posthumously, for his role in East of Eden (1955). However, he did not win.
207Eagles penned a lyric about him that went: "Too fast to live, too young to die."
208He was issued a speeding ticket only two hours and fifteen minutes before his fatal accident.
209Won the Bloom Award as "Best Newcomer" for early Broadway work in "The Immoralist".
210Briefly studied dance with Katherine Dunham.
211Reportedly, Dean was very much in love with Pier Angeli and they planned to marry, but her mother blocked the union because Dean wasn't Catholic and she helped arrange Pier's marriage to Vic Damone. Before she committed suicide, Pier wrote that Dean was the only man she had ever really loved.
212Interred at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana, USA.
213He also worked as a "stunt tester" on the game show Beat the Clock (1950), testing the safety of the stunts that some of the studio audience members would later perform. However he proved so agile at completing the stunts that his results couldn't be used to set time limits for contestants to complete them. So he was reluctantly let go.
214Most of his so-called affairs with various starlets were made up by the Warner Brothers PR. He did have love affairs with Pier Angeli and Liz Sheridan.
215The famous Failure Analysis Associates, from Menlo Park, California, re-constructed and re-created all details of the accident at the same approximate time on September 30th and have concluded that James Dean was travelling 55 to 56 m.p.h. when the fateful accident occurred, thereby proving he had not been speeding, as rumor had it.
216. Ranked #33 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
217. Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#42).


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Giant (1956)$21,000 ($1500 per week)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)$10,000
East of Eden (1955)$1,000 /week
Giant (1956)$21,000 ($1500 per week)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)$10,000
East of Eden (1955)$1,000 /week


Trademarks

#Trademark
1The red jacket, white T-shirt and blue jeans from Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
2Known for playing well-meaning but deeply troubled characters
3Impulsive emotional acting style
4Light brown hair greased back
5Squinty, sleepy blue eyes
6Frequently played angry youths
7The red jacket, white T-shirt and blue jeans from Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
8Known for playing well-meaning but deeply troubled characters
9Impulsive emotional acting style
10Light brown hair greased back
11Squinty, sleepy blue eyes
12Frequently played angry youths


Quotes

#Quote
1Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
2[on raising children and teenagers] I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too.
3You can't show some far off idyllic conception of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture. You've got to show what it's really like, and try to reach them on their own grounds.
4There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
5The only greatness for man is immortality.
6[on the risk of racing cars] What better way to die? It's fast and clean and you go out in a blaze of glory!
7[Being asked about his sexual orientation] No, I am not a homosexual. But, I'm also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back.
8To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves.
9The cinema is a very truthful medium because the camera doesn't let you get away with anything. On stage you can even loaf a little, if you're so inclined.
10My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.
11Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have.
12I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery.
13I think I am gong to make it because on one hand I am like Clift saying help me and of the other hand I am Brando saying, 'Screw you!', and somewhere in between is 'James Dean'.
14(When speaking to a friend) Death can't be considered, because if you're afraid to die there's no room in your life to make discoveries.
15[on acting] You can do "Hamlet" while performing cartwheels . . . as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.
16If a man can bridge the gap between life and death ... I mean, if he can live on after his death, then maybe he was a great man.
17When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that. So the director's task is just that to direct, to point the way. Then the actor takes over. And he must be allowed the space, the freedom to express himself in the role. Without that space, an actor is no more than an unthinking robot with a chest-full of push-buttons.
18[to Hedda Hopper] Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, "Wait. Let me see". And above all, you must be honest with yourself.
19[when told he was too short to be an actor] How can you measure acting in inches?
20Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me. I also became close to nature and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
21To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem and to express it his dedication. Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
22It was an accident, although I've been involved in some kind of theatrical function or other since I was a child: in school, music, athletics. To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves. To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
23An actor must interpret life and, in order to do so, must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.
24Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
25Gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
26Only the gentle are ever really strong.
27Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
28[on raising children and teenagers] I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too.
29You can't show some far off idyllic conception of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture. You've got to show what it's really like, and try to reach them on their own grounds.
30There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
31The only greatness for man is immortality.
32[on the risk of racing cars] What better way to die? It's fast and clean and you go out in a blaze of glory!
33[Being asked about his sexual orientation] No, I am not a homosexual. But, I'm also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back.
34To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves.
35The cinema is a very truthful medium because the camera doesn't let you get away with anything. On stage you can even loaf a little, if you're so inclined.
36My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.
37Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have.
38I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery.
39I think I am gong to make it because on one hand I am like Clift saying help me and of the other hand I am Brando saying, 'Screw you!', and somewhere in between is 'James Dean'.
40(When speaking to a friend) Death can't be considered, because if you're afraid to die there's no room in your life to make discoveries.
41[on acting] You can do "Hamlet" while performing cartwheels . . . as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.
42If a man can bridge the gap between life and death ... I mean, if he can live on after his death, then maybe he was a great man.
43When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that. So the director's task is just that to direct, to point the way. Then the actor takes over. And he must be allowed the space, the freedom to express himself in the role. Without that space, an actor is no more than an unthinking robot with a chest-full of push-buttons.
44[to Hedda Hopper] Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, "Wait. Let me see". And above all, you must be honest with yourself.
45[when told he was too short to be an actor] How can you measure acting in inches?
46Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me. I also became close to nature and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
47To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem and to express it his dedication. Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
48It was an accident, although I've been involved in some kind of theatrical function or other since I was a child: in school, music, athletics. To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves. To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
49An actor must interpret life and, in order to do so, must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.
50Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
51Gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
52Only the gentle are ever really strong.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1719 Vine Street.
1957Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1956Special Achievement AwardGolden Globes, USAAward given posthumously for Best Dramatic Actor.
1956JussiJussi AwardsBest Foreign ActorEast of Eden (1955)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleGiant (1956)
1957BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorRebel Without a Cause (1955)
1956OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleEast of Eden (1955)
1956BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorEast of Eden (1955)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Giant1956Jett Rink
Crossroads1955TV Series
Rebel Without a Cause1955Jim Stark
Schlitz Playhouse1955TV SeriesJeffrey Latham
Lux Video Theatre1952-1955TV SeriesKyle McCallum
East of Eden1955Cal Trask
The United States Steel Hour1955TV SeriesFernand Lagarde
General Electric Theater1954TV SeriesBud / The Boy
Danger1953-1954TV SeriesFelon / Augie / J.B.
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1954TV SeriesRobbie Warren
Robert Montgomery Presents1953TV SeriesPaul Zalinka
Armstrong Circle Theatre1953TV SeriesJoey Frasier
Kraft Theatre1952-1953TV SeriesJoe Harris / Jim
Campbell Summer Soundstage1953TV SeriesHank Bradon / Joe
Omnibus1953TV SeriesBronco Evans
The Big Story1953TV SeriesRex Newman
Studio One in Hollywood1952-1953TV SeriesJoe Palica / William Scott / Hotel Bellboy
Tales of Tomorrow1953TV SeriesRalph
Treasury Men in Action1953TV SeriesArbie Ferris / Randy Meeker
Trouble Along the Way1953Football Spectator (uncredited)
You Are There1953TV SeriesBob Ford
The Kate Smith Hour1953TV SeriesThe Messenger
Has Anybody Seen My Gal1952Youth at Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Forgotten Children1952TV MovieBradford
Deadline - U.S.A.1952Copyboy (unconfirmed, uncredited)
CBS Television Workshop1952TV SeriesG.I.
Sailor Beware1952Boxing Opponent's Second (uncredited)
The Stu Erwin Show1951TV SeriesRandy
Fixed Bayonets!1951Doggie (uncredited)
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV SeriesHank
Family Theatre1951TV SeriesJohn

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beat the Clock1950TV Series stunt tester - 1950

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography2002TV Series documentaryHimself
'Giant' Stars Are Off to Texas1955Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Warner Pathé News Issue # 871955Documentary shortHimself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself (in crowd)
The Web1952TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tab Hunter Confidential2015DocumentaryHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Rebellen2013TV Movie documentary
James Dean's Lost Slideshow2013Documentary shortHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger2010DocumentaryJett Rink (uncredited)
20 to 12009TV Series documentaryHimself
Tracks2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Elvis: Return to Tupelo2008Video documentaryHimself
The Meadow2008ShortVoices (uncredited)
La rentadora2006TV Series
September 30, 19552006Documentary shortHimself
James Dean: The Whole Story2006Video documentaryHimself
Getaway2005TV SeriesJim Stark
James Dean - Kleiner Prinz, little Bastard2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Crash Science2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Cineastas contra magnates2005DocumentaryJim Stark (in 'Rebel Without a Cause')
The World's Most Photographed2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Miradas 22005TV Series documentaryHimself
East of Eden: Art in Search of Life2005Video documentary shortCal Trask
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2005TV Series documentaryHimself
James Dean - Mit Vollgas durchs Leben2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bettie Page: The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini2004Video documentaryHimself
Queer as Folk2004TV SeriesHimself
Die Geschichte des erotischen Films2004TV Movie documentary
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHimself
James Dean and Marlon Brando2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Return to 'Giant'2003Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Screen Tests of the Stars2002DocumentaryHimself
James Dean: Born Cool2001Video documentaryHimself
The Final Day2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration2000TV Movie uncredited
Omnibus2000TV Series documentary
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialThe Rebel (uncredited)
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentary uncredited
Memories of 'Giant'1998Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton1997TV Short documentary
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender1997DocumentaryHimself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself, Columbus Raid victim
James Dean: A Portrait1996TV Movie documentaryHimself (1955 public service film)
Rediscovering a Rebel1996TV Short documentaryHimself - 'Jim Stark'
James Dean and Me1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryCal Trask, 'East of Eden' (uncredited)
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Death Scenes 21992Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Gesichter Des Todes VII1992Video documentary short
Idols1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Naked Hollywood1991TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Arena1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths1990Video documentaryHimself
Faces of Torture1988Video documentary
Forever James Dean1988DocumentaryHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryHimself
James Dean: The First American Teenager1975TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHimself
James Dean Remembered1974TV Special documentaryHimself / various roles
James Dean 1965 - Legende und Wirklichkeit eines Idols1965TV Movie documentaryHimself
The James Dean Story1957DocumentaryHimself ('East of Eden' screen test footage)
The Big Story1957TV SeriesTodd
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV SeriesHimself

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