Perhaps no other American actor in the history of Hollywood has been celebrated for so long with a career spanning only 3 years. Yes, 3 years and 3 films granted James Dean everlasting stardom among the hearts of movie lovers. Star of ‘Rebel Without a Cause, ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Giant’, Dean is the only actor to be posthumously nominated for a best actor Academy Award. And that too not once, but twice, in 1956 and 1957.
James Dean was born on 8th February, 1931 in Indiana. Pursuing his career as a full time actor, James dabbled in a number of television shows before getting his big break. Director Ella Kazan was looking for a leading man for ‘East of Eden’ and found James Dean’s personality to be perfect for the role. Dean played Cal Trask in the movie which was released in 1955. In the same year, Dean played the role of Jim Stark in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, his most celebrated role of all time. In 1955 he also played the role of Jett Rink in the movie ‘Giant’.
Unfortunately James could see the release of only one of his movies, ‘East of Eden’ as a fatal accident on 30th September, 1955 in California took as life during a racing competition. His display of teenage outbursts, angst and despair remain etched into everybody’s mind. He received posthumous best actor’s Academy Award nomination in 1956 for ‘East of Eden’ and in 1957 for ‘Giant’.