60 years today Hollywood icon James Dean passed away

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James Dean Biography

On this day in 1955, Hollywood icon, James Dean passed away.

James Dean was one of Hollywood's biggest icons and biggest heart throbs. The Indiana born native was driving along a two-lane highway in Northern California, when he was killed in a head-on collision. Dean was driving his Porsche Spyder 550 and slammed into a Ford sedan when its driver did not see Dean coming. He was only 24-years-old.


At the time of his death, Dean had only starred in three pictures, and the only one that had been released at the time was "East of Eden." However, once "Rebel Without a Cause" came out, it seemed as though Dean was alive again, but this time, only on the screen.
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James Dean was an actor that continued to live the test of time, despite the three movies he made. Dean managed to be named among the greats like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley.

It's safe to say that James Dean was the original "rebel." His bad boy looks and incredible ability to lose himself in a character are what people then and now admire about the actor. We miss you, James!

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60 years today Hollywood icon James Dean passed away
American actor James Dean (1931 - 1955) lies in the dirt with his head leaning on his hand, 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
James Dean is shown as Jim Stark in a scene from the 1955 movie "Rebel Without A Cause." (AP Photo)
Actor James Dean, shown in a 1955 file photo, died 40 years ago Sept. 30 in a headon crash at a crossroads in Cholame, Calif. Many of his fans still visit a memorial to the famed teen-idol at the site of his death. (AP Photo)
(GERMANY OUT) Dean, James - Actor, USA, (*08.02.1931-30.09.1955+) , - um 1950, - Erschienen in 'B.Z.' 05.11.1956 (Photo by ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Dean, James - Actor, USA*08.02.1931-30.09.1955+- Portrait- around 1950- Published by 'B.Z.' 27.10.1956 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
American actors Betsy Palmer and James Dean (1931 - 1955) dance together in a production still from an episode of the anthology series 'Danger' called 'Death Is My Neighbor,' August 25, 1953. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Dean, James - Actor, USA*08.02.1931-30.09.1955+- with fans- around 1950- Published by 'Brigitte' 03/1957 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
circa 1954: American actor James Dean (1931 - 1955) with Swiss actress Ursula Andress. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
CALIFORNIA - 1954: Actor James Dean poses for a photo on the set of the Warner Bros film 'East Of Eden' in 1954 in California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CALIFORNIA - 1954: Actor James Dean poses for a photo on the set of the Warner Bros film 'East Of Eden' in 1954 in California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1954: Actor James Dean chats with his girlfriend actress Pier Angeli on the set of the Warner Bros film 'East Of Eden' in 1954 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1954: Actor James Dean poses for a photo on the set of the Warner Bros film 'East Of Eden' in 1954 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 10: Movie star James Dean and Italian born actress Pier Angeli attend the premiere of the re-release of Gone With The Wind on August 10 1954 in Los Angeles, California. The Oscars won for the movie are in the background. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 1954: Actor James Dean poses for a photo in December, 1954 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Movie icon James Dean (1931-1955) and co-star Corey Allen (who later went on to direct 'Star Trek: The Next Generation') in a scene from the Warner Brothers movie 'Rebel Without A Cause'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
American actor James Dean (1931 - 1955) holds American actor Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) in a scene from 'Rebel Without A Cause,' directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)
1955: James Dean (1931 - 1955) plays the angst-ridden Cal Trask in 'East of Eden', directed by Elia Kazan and based on the novel by John Steinbeck. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1955: American actor James Dean (1931 - 1955) starring in a 'Rebel Without A Cause'. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1955: James Dean (1931 - 1955) as Jim Stark and Sal Mineo (1939 - 1976) playing Plato in a scene from 'Rebel Without A Cause'. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1955: Portrait of American actor James Dean (1931-1955) on the set of director Elia Kazan's film, 'East of Eden.' (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1955, American actors Sal Mineo (1939 - 1976), James Dean (1931 - 1955) and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) in a still from director Nicholas Ray's film 'Rebel Without a Cause'. (Photo by Warner Bros./Getty Images)
American actor James Dean (1931 - 1955) leaning against a wall on the set of director Nicholas Ray's film, 'Rebel Without a Cause', 1955. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1955: Actor James Dean poses for a portrait sitting on his Porche Speedster in 1955 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1955: Actor James Dean poses for a Warner Bros publicity shot for his film 'Rebel Without A Cause' at the Griffith Park Observatory in 1955 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actor James Dean (1931-1955), circa 1955. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
SALINAS, CA - 1954: Actor James Dean poses for a Warner Bros publicity shot for his film 'East Of Eden' in 1954 in Salinas, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1955: Actor James Dean and director Nicholas Ray discuss a scene from the Warner Bros film 'Rebel Without A Cause' at the Griffith Park Observatory in 1955 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1955: Actor James Dean poses for a Warner Bros publicity shot for his film 'Rebel Without A Cause' in 1955 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1955: Actors James Dean and Natalie Wood in a scene from the Warner Bros film 'Rebel Without A Cause' at the Griffith Park Observatory in 1955 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1955: Actor James Dean in a scene from the Warner Bros film 'Rebel Without A Cause' at the Griffith Park Observatory in 1955 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
MARFA, TEXAS - 1955: Actor James Dean poses for a photo on the set of the Warner Bros film 'Giant' in 1955 in Marfa, Texas. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
James Dean hanging from train car in a scene from the film 'East Of Eden', 1955. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Natalie Wood and James Dean in movie art for the film 'Rebel Without A Cause', 1955. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
James Dean and Natalie Wood, 1955. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1: Actor James Dean on the set of the Schlitz Playhouse production of 'The Unlighted Road' broadcast on CBS Television on April 1, 1955 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 29: Movie star James Dean attends the Thalian Ball on August 29 1955 at Ciro's nightclub in Los Angeles, California. Dean died one month later. (Photo by Earl leaf/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
American actor James Dean (1931 - 1955) sits behind the wheel of a sportscar in a still from the documentary movie 'The James Dean Story,' directed by Robert Altman and George W. George, 1957. (Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy of Getty Images)
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