James Dean Trivia
Places Dean was last seen on September 29, 1955 at:
6735 YUCCA, HOLLYWOOD (VILLA CAPRI RESTAURANT, NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD)
and on the morning of September 30, 1955 at:
the 1238 VINE STREET AUTO SHOP
The residence listed on his death certificate was:
14611 Sutton Street, Sherman Oaks
(south of Van Nuys, west of Studio City, and just a few miles
west of Warner Brothers Studios headquarters in Burbank, where Dean
of course was contracted, having just completed "Rebel Without A Cause"
and working on "Giant". On August 1, 1955 he took a one year lease on it.
Dean's father's address (where Dean would sometimes visit) was:
1667 So. Bundy Drive, Los Angeles (incidentally near the location of the Nicole Brown-Simpson murder)
ALSO JAMES DEAN WAS:
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#42). 
Ranked #33 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
The famous Failure Analysis Associates, from Menlo Park, California, re-constructed and re-created all details of the accident at the same approximate time on September 30th and have concluded that James Dean was travelling 55 to 56 m.p.h. when the fateful accident occurred, thereby proving he had not been speeding, as rumor had it.
Most of his so-called affairs with various starlets were made up by the Warner Brothers PR. He did have love affairs with Pier Angeli and Liz Sheridan.
He also worked as a "stunt tester" on the game show "Beat the Clock" (1950), testing the safety of the stunts that some of the studio audience members would later perform.
Interred at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana, USA.
Reportedly, Dean was very much in love with Pier Angeli and they planned to marry, but her mother blocked the union because Dean wasn't Catholic and she helped arrange Pier's marriage to Vic Damone. Before she committed suicide, Pier wrote that Dean was the only man she had ever really loved.
Briefly studied dance with Katherine Dunham.
Won the Bloom Award as "Best Newcomer" for early Broadway work in "The Immoralist".
He was issued a speeding ticket only two hours and fifteen minutes before his fatal accident.
The Eagles penned a lyric about him that went: "Too fast to live, too young to die."
The Beach Boys song "A Young Man is Gone" from their "Little Deuce Coupe" 1963 album.
Was the first actor to receive an Academy Award nomination posthumously, for his role in East of Eden (1955). He didn't win but definitely should have (over Ernest Borgnine in "Marty").
Grandson of Charles Dean and Emma Dean.
Nephew of Ortense Winslow (sister of his father) and Marcus Winslow.
Cousin of Marcus Winslow Jr.
Immortalized in 1974 by the song "Rock On" sung by David Essex. See also the cd "James Dean: Tribute to A Rebel".
Only actor in history to receive more than one Oscar nomination posthumously.
Pictured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 24 June 1996.
Pledged Sigma Nu fraternity but dropped out of college before being initiated.
Ironically, he filmed a highway safety commercial with actor Gig Young on the set of Giant (1956) in July 1955. Dean told Young, "I used to fly around quite a bit, took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highway....Now when I drive on the highway, I'm extra cautious."
Donald Turnupseed, the driver of the other car involved in Dean's accident, died of cancer in 1995. Turnupseed couldn't swerve out of the way of Dean's Porsche Spyder, but he successfully swerved journalists who frequently pestered him for interviews about the accident.
He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the front and back sleeves of rock band Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" album, released in 1987.
East of Eden (1955) was the only one of the three movies in which he had major roles to be released while he was alive.
One of only four male actors to be posthumously nominated for an Oscar as best actor in a leading role. The others were Spencer Tracy, Peter Finch and Massimo Troisi.
Contrary to popular belief, Dean's middle name was not taken from Lord Byron, but from a relative, "Byron" Dean.
During the filming of Giant (1956), he and Rock Hudson did not get along. This tension heightened their on-screen clashes. However, according to Hudson's ex-wife Phyllis Gates, he cried after hearing the news of Dean's death. Gates wrote, "Rock couldn't be reached. He was overcome by guilt and shame, almost as though he himself had killed James Dean."
At the time of his death, Dean did not leave behind a will, so most of his possessions went to his father, Winton Dean, whose relationship with him was distant at best.
Was engaged to Liz Sheridan (from "Seinfeld"), who wrote a book about their love called "Dizzy and Jimmy".
Dean's acting breakthrough came on Broadway in the drama "See the Jaguar", despite its run of less than a week (only 4 days).
Along with Martin Sheen and Steve McQueen, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
Referenced by name in the John Mellencamp song "Jack and Diane".
Was voted the 22nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Was a graduate from Santa Monica College, a California junior college that boasts its elite drama program. Went on to UCLA but left after appearing in one stage production, as Malcolm in "Macbeth", as he was anxious to get his acting career started.
According to "The Mutant King", David Dalton's 1974 biography of James Dean, the rumor that Dean was a masochist who liked to have cigarettes stubbed out on his naked body can be traced to a pencil sketch of his called "The Human Ash Tray". The sketch featured a human body, in the guise of an ash tray, with many cigarette stubs in it. Dalton speculates that the sketch has nothing to do with Dean's sexual proclivities but much to do with the fact that he was a heavy smoker.
Marlon Brando, in his 1994 autobiography "Songs My Mother Taught Me", says that Dean, who idolized him, based his acting on him and his lifestyle on what he thought Brando's lifestyle was.
Dated Ursula Andress when she was a starlet in Hollywood in the mid-1950s, as did his idol, Marlon Brando.
Elia Kazan, in his 1988 autobiography "A Life", says that during the production of East of Eden (1955), he had to have Dean move into a bungalow near his on the Warner Bros. lot to keep an eye on him, so wild was his nightlife.
Director Elia Kazan did not believe that Dean would have been able to sustain the momentum of his career. He felt that Dean's career, had he lived, would have sputtered out, as he was not well-trained and relied too much on his instincts, as opposed to his idol Marlon Brando, who, contrary to what people believed, had been very well-trained by his acting teacher Stella Adler and relied on that training to create his characters.
His favorite book was "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
He was voted the 30th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
Was named #18 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
Loved playing practical jokes on friends and reading.
Is portrayed by James Franco in James Dean (2001) (TV); by Nick Carpenter in The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) (TV); by Stephen McHattie in James Dean (1976) (TV) and by Casper Van Dien in James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997) (TV).
Hilary Duff's 2005 "Most Wanted" album includes the song "Mr. James Dean", which is all about him.
Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
Had a fondness for auto racing and had purchased the 1955 Porsche Spyder sports car, one of only 90 made of that year model, planning to participate in the upcoming races in Salinas, CA on Oct 1, 1955.
He was descended largely from early British settlers to America.
One of the many personalities mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We didn't start the fire" (1989). He's also mentioned in John Cougar Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane."
Received posthumous Oscar nominations for his his first and last ever screen performances: East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956).
Aping Marlon Brando, he also bought a Triumph motorcycle. Instead of Brando's 650cc 6T Thunderbird model, which he used in the film, The Wild One (1953), he bought the smaller 500cc TR5 Trophy model. This Triumph featured in a famous series of photographs by Phil Stern, the motorcycle itself being recovered, restored and currently displayed at the "James Dean Museum" in Fairmount, Indiana.
Lost his two front teeth in a motorcycle accident in his youth.
President Ronald Reagan referred to Dean as "America's Rebel".
Cousin of country singer/entrepreneur Jimmy Dean.
His favorite drink was coffee and his favorite ice cream flavors were coffee and raspberry.
His tastes in music were eclectic. He liked African Tribal music and Afro-Cuban music, as well as classical (Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky); jazz/blues(Billie Holiday) and pop (Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra). His favorite song was Billie Holiday's "When Your Lover Has Gone" and his favorite album was Sinatra's "Songs for Young Lovers".
His first professional acting gig was in a Coca-Cola commercial, handing out bottles of Coke to teenagers who were riding a merry-go-round.
His final screen test for East of Eden (1955) was shot with Paul Newman, who also was in the final running for one of the roles. Originally, director Elia Kazan had considered casting Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in the roles of the two brothers, but they were too old to play teenagers as they were both in the their 30s in 1954. Newman's age, 29, also put him at a disadvantage. Dean, 23 years old and Richard Davalos, aged 19, were cast as the fraternal twins.
At the time of his death, Dean was signed to appear in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at M.G.M. and The Left Handed Gun (1958) at Warner Bros. Both parts subsequently were taken by Paul Newman and helped make him a star. Newman's career may very well have been retarded if Dean had lived as, while still alive, they competed for the same roles (East of Eden (1955)).
Signed a 9-picture, $1 million deal with Warner Bros before his death. He did not live long enough to honor it.
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.
According to Marlon Brando, Dean would often call him, leaving messages with Brando's answering service. Brando would sometimes listen, silently, as Dean instructed the service to have Brando call back. Brando, disturbed that Dean was copying his life-style (motorcyle, bongo drums) and acting techniques, did not return his calls. The two met at least three times: on the set of East of Eden (1955); on the set of Desirée (1954) and at a party, where Brando took Dean aside and told him he had emotional problems that required psychiatric attention.
While a struggling actor in the 1950s, he once lived at 19 West 68th Street, off Manhattan's Central Park West.
Was good friends with Martin Landau.
His performance as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is ranked #43 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Just before his death, his agent, Jane Deacy, negotiated a 9-picture deal over 6 years with Warner Bros. worth $900,000. Dean's next project was to be a television version for NBC of Emlyn Williams' play "The Corn is Green", in which he was to star with Judith Anderson. His next film was to be Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), a biopic of boxer Rocky Graziano, for which Warners were loaning him to MGM and in which he was replaced by Paul Newman. Newman also replaced him in the role of Billy the Kid in The Left Handed Gun (1958). Three other roles with which he was being linked were the leads in Gun for a Coward (1957), This Angry Age (1958) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
Was Oscar nominated in 2-thirds of his films, a record which will probably never be bettered.
He was given a Siamese cat as gift by Elizabeth Taylor.
Was terribly near-sighted and wore thick glasses when not on screen.
Referenced by name in the Skid Row song, "Forever" ("wild cigarettes like James Dean").
Was the biggest idol of Elvis Presley, who called him a "genius" in a television interview.
Mentioned in Don McLean's hit song "American Pie".
Was originally considered on the leading role of "Oklahoma!" (1955).
James Dean Personal Quotes
Only the gentle are ever really strong.
Gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
An actor must interpret life and, in order to do so, must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.
It was an accident, although I've been involved in some kind of theatrical function or other since I was a child: in school, music, athletics. To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves. To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
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.
Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me. I also became close to nature and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
When told he was too short to be an actor: "How can you measure acting in inches?"
"Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, 'Wait. Let me see.' And above all, you must be honest with yourself." - to Hedda Hopper
When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that. So the director's task is just that to direct, to point the way. Then the actor takes over. And he must be allowed the space, the freedom to express himself in the role. Without that space, an actor is no more than an unthinking robot with a chest-full of push-buttons.
I'm not going to go through life with one arm tied behind my back.
If a man can bridge the gap between life and death ... I mean, if he can live on after his death, then maybe he was a great man.
Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
(On acting) You can do Hamlet while performing cartwheels...as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.