James Dean is one of my favorite actors from the 50s. His life was too short, but he left wonderful, also sad, memories.
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana. He died September 30, 1955. Six years after his father left farming to become a dental technician, Dean and his family moved to Santa Monica, California. By all accounts, Dean was very close to his mother. In 1938, she died of uterine cancer when Dean was nine years old.
Unable to care for his son, Dean's father sent him to live with his sister Ortense and her husband, on a farm in Fairmont, Indiana. Dean sought the counsel and friendship of a local pastor, the Rev. James DeWeerd, who seemed to have had a formative influence upon Dean, especially upon his future interests in bullfighting, car racing, and theatre.
He was driving his Porsche to a racing event in 1955 when he slammed into the side of a car passing through the intersection. The Porsche bounced across the highway, Dean trapped inside, resulting in his death.
One short life
3 Unforgettable films
East of Eden
Rebel Without a Cause
Rest in Peace