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James Dean (I) (1931–1955)

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting. He received... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Rebel Without a Cause
East of Eden
East of Eden Cal Trask
Giant Jett Rink
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 1956 Giant
Jett Rink
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series)
- Broadway Trust (1955)
 1952-1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Kyle McCallum
- The Foggy, Foggy Dew (1952) ... Kyle McCallum
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Fernand Lagarde
- The Thief (1955) ... Fernand Lagarde
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Bud / The Boy
- The Dark, Dark Hours (1954) ... Bud
- I'm a Fool (1954) ... The Boy
 1953-1954 Danger (TV Series)
Felon / Augie / J.B.
- Padlocks (1954) ... Felon
- The Little Woman (1954) ... Augie
- Death Is My Neighbor (1953) ... J.B.
- No Room (1953)
 1954 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Robbie Warren
- Run Like a Thief (1954) ... Robbie Warren
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Paul Zalinka
- Harvest (1953) ... Paul Zalinka
 1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Joey Frasier
- The Bells of Cockaigne (1953) ... Joey Frasier
 1952-1953 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Harris / Jim
- Keep Our Honor Bright (1953) ... Jim
 1953 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
Hank Bradon / Joe
- Life Sentence (1953) ... Hank Bradon
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Bronco Evans
- Glory in the Flower (1953) ... Bronco Evans
 1953 The Big Story (TV Series)
Rex Newman
 1952-1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Joe Palica / William Scott / Hotel Bellboy
- Abraham Lincoln (1952) ... William Scott
- Ten Thousand Horses Singing (1952) ... Hotel Bellboy (uncredited)
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Evil Within (1953) ... Ralph
 1953 Treasury Men in Action (TV Series)
Arbie Ferris / Randy Meeker
- The Case of the Sawed-Off Shotgun (1953) ... Arbie Ferris
- The Case of the Watchful Dog (1953) ... Randy Meeker
 1953 Trouble Along the Way
Football Spectator (uncredited)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
Bob Ford
 1953 The Kate Smith Hour (TV Series)
The Messenger
- The Hound of Heaven (1953) ... The Messenger
 1952 Has Anybody Seen My Gal
Youth at Soda Fountain (uncredited)
 1952 Forgotten Children (TV Movie)
 1952 Deadline - U.S.A.
Copyboy (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1952 CBS Television Workshop (TV Series)
- Into the Valley (1952) ... G.I.
 1952 Sailor Beware
Boxing Opponent's Second (uncredited)
 1951 The Stu Erwin Show (TV Series)
- Jackie Knows All (1951) ... Randy
 1951 Fixed Bayonets!
Doggie (uncredited)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- T.K.O. (1951) ... Hank
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(1953?). [Off-Broadway] Stage Play: Appeared in "The Scarecrow" off-Broadway, Theatre de Lys. See more »

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14 Biographical Movies | 22 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 20 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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To 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. See more »


Like 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. See more »


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