James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956). Dean's premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status. He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star of Golden Age Hollywood in AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list.
James Dean Quotes
James Dean #Alone #Imagination
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.
James Dean #Work
I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too.
James Dean #Beauty #Nature
I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
James Dean #Dreams
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
James Dean #Great
There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
James Dean #Great
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.
James Dean #Trust
Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.
James Dean #Strength
Only the gentle are ever really strong.
James Dean #Death #Great #Life
If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man.