James Dean: Career, Movies, Height, Hit Movies, Roles

James Dean

James Dean? As the man himself would put it – he lived a life devoted to art, drama, and the creation of splendid things. James Dean is an exhilarating and intriguing life, a story, and a youth icon of social estrangement and teenage disillusionment. 

But this exhilarating firework-like life came to a tragic end. 

His youth started by playing violin and tap dancing. Later he started acting and gave movies we can talk about throughout generations. 

Here is a small biographical sketch of James Dean–

Full NameJames Byron Dean
Nick NamesJimmy Dean, One-Speed Dean. 
Born February 8, 1931
Years Active1950–1955
EducationSanta Monica College, UCLA. 
ParentsWinton Dean, Mildred Wilson
EthnicityNative American
Height1.73 m 5’8”

Early Life

Early Life
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Dean was born in Marion, Indiana on 8th February 1931 to Winston and Mildred Dean.. James Dean lived with his parents in the states of India until he was six years of age. Dean’s father used to work with the government. Winston, a dental Mechanic had to move to California for his work. 

So, Dean also had to move to California with his family. The family lived there and James lost his mother at the age of nine. The reason for Mildred Dean ( previously known as Mildred Wilson ) was unknown to James. 

James Dean had a life full of talents. He explored different sides of art from a very early age. At a very young age, James Dean played violin and was a tap dancer who performed on theater stages. He even played violin in concerts.

He was passionate about creating art from a very young age. After his mother’s death, James Dean came back to Indiana to live with his uncle at one point. James Dean graduated from high school and came back to California to join Santa Monica Junior College. He began his acting lessons at James Whitmore’s acting workshop

Career: James Dean Movies 

Career James Dean Movies 
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James Dean appeared in different commercials and had minor roles in films when with James Whitmore. During the winter of 1951, Whitemore advised Dean to move to New York to pursue his career in acting seriously. 

Once James Dean came to New York, his life was not that easy. He had to work as a busboy while working in TV serials. He appeared in seven TV serials while also working as a busboy. 

Dean wrote to his family in 1952 saying that he got into Actor Studio. He idolized some of the most famous contemporary actors like Arthur Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, and Mildred Dunnock. According to his letter, he was the youngest to belong to the Actor Studio. James Dean presented the world with some of the best movies. 

East Of Eden 

East Of Eden
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East of Eden, taken from John Steinbeck’s novel, was a phenomenal movie of the time. This movie was about the rivalry between two sons trying to win their father’s love. The director Eliza Kazan made this movie awesome with his exceptional casting choices. 

While the actings of Julie Harris stand out as women between two brothers, Richard Davalos also does a remarkable job portraying the sensitive brother. But, James Dean’s role as Cal, the brother who was emotionally aloof and more complex, was the most praiseworthy of them all. 

Rebel Without A Cause 

Rebel Without A Cause
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Rebel Without A Cause was about to go for its premiere. But, only a month before that, James Dean passed away in a tragic Car accident. He was only 24 at that time.

The world witnessed Dean’s great performance in this movie as Dean played the role of a bad boy. James Dean’s acting kept the promise that he made in his previous movie – East of Eden. 

He played the role of an angst-ridden son of Jim Backus and Ann Doran. Rebel Without a Cause movie became evergreen and a monument to James Dean. 


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Warner Brothers Signed James Dean to play the role of Jett Rink in the movie Giant. His character was based on Texas Saga by best-selling author Edna Ferber. The role of Jett is described as Half Juvenile, Delinquent who is also a half genius and who wants to make a million. The movie was directed by George Stevens and was and also featured Elizabeth Taylor & Rock Hudson. 

James Dean Death 

James Dean Death 
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After finishing his role in East of Eden, James Dean became interested in Motorsports. He even wanted to start a career in motorsports. Dean owned a Triumph Tiger T110 and a Porsche 356.  In March of 1955, James Dean won his first professional motorsports event in Palm Spring Road, California. In the next race in Bakersfield, Dean won the first position in his class.

On September 30, the same year, James Dean passed away due to a two-vehicle accident close to Paso Robles. The Passenger of Dean’s car and the driver of the other car survived But not James Dean. According to the Police report, James Dean drove at 65 mph during the impact. 

James Dean’s Net Worth

James Dean’s Net worth was close to 2 million at the time of his death. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):-

Here are some popular questions and answers. You may find them helpful. 

Q1. What Was James Dean Most Famous For?

Ans: James Dean is known for his out-of-the-world acting skills and magnetic personality that attracted his generations and the generations after. His famous films – Rebel Without a Cause and East Of Eden, are some of the most praised films in cinema history. 

Q2. How Did James Dean Impact The World?

Ans: James  Dean influenced the world through his role in Rebel Without A Cause. His acting resonated with misunderstood teenagers throughout the world. Dean gave contemporary teenagers a sense of identity. According to some researchers, Dean also influenced rock and roll culture. 

Q3. How Did James Dean Die?

Ans: James Dean Died due in a motor vehicle accident on 30th September of the 1950s. He was driving a Porsche, which hit a Ford Tudor sedan at the front. Dean’s passenger and the driver of the Ford survived the accident. But James Dean died. 

One-Speed Dean

One regret of most James Dean fans is – “ had he lived…” 

But, unfortunately, James Dean was taken away by a tragic accident. However, the exceptionally handsome and talented actor lives on through the fans he gained by starring in a handful of films. 

James Deas has become a sensation, a face, and a name that lives on throughout the history of films.

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