Wordless Wednesday: Looking Back on The Life of James Dean

On September 30, 1955, the world lost one of the most individualistic icons of American cinema, James Dean. In tribute, today we remember the life of a timeless romantic rebel:

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James Dean Museums in Indiana (NOTE: Since the article’s publication, The James Dean Gallery has since returned to Fairmount, INdiana.)

(Photo on the right: The James Dean commemorative stamp, which was issued in 1996)

As Cal Trask in a screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden:

James Dean

In front of Griffith Observatory, where the switchblade scene was filmed for Rebel Without A Cause:

James Dean

On the set of Rebel Without A Cause with co-star Sal Mineo, another of Hollywood’s most promising stars whose light was dimmed too soon:

James And Sal

Although he was the heartthrob of his generation, Jimmy Dean’s own heart was broken by actress Pier Angeli when she said “I do” to actor Vic Damone. Before her passing, Pier would profess: “I have loved one person in my whole life, and that was James Dean.”

Pier Angeli

Enjoying behind the scenes antics with Marlon Brando, who– along with Dean and Montgomery Clift– would usher in a new era of acting.


Taking a break on the set of Giant, which was filmed in Marfa, Texas:

A Giant Star

As Jett Rink, dreaming of owning his own “Little Reata” in Giant, which was released after Dean’s death:

James Dean

Photos courtesy Picapp

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