James Byron Dean (1931 – 1955) was an American  cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film Rebel Without a Cause (1955).

The other two roles that defined his stardom were as a loner in East of Eden (1955) and a surly ranch hand in Giant (released after his death in 1956).

James Dean died in an automobile crash In September 1955.


After his death in a September 1955, Dean received a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.  

In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star of Golden Age Hollywood.

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