“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”
~ James Dean
James Byron Dean
- Born February 8, 1931, Died September 30, 1955
- American film actor and Cultural Icon
- Most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark.
- The other two defining roles were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly farmer, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956)
His fame and popularity rests on his performances in these three films and his death in a car crash made him a legend
He was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and he remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations.
In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Dean the 18th best male movie star on their AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars l