In just 18 months, and with three major motion picture performances, James Dean became a cultural icon. Read more about his quick rise to fame and his premature death on Biography.com.
James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana. He starred in the film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novelEast of Eden, for which he received an Oscar nomination. His next starring role, in Rebel Without a Cause, made him into the embodiment of his generation. Shortly after completing work on the film Giant, Dean was killed in a car crash and quickly became an enduring film icon.
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