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Transcript of James Dean
Who Am I?
Born February 8, 1931 at the Seven Gables apartment house at the corner of 4th Street and McClure Street in Marion, Indiana
His parents are:
James was very close to his mom. According to Michael DeAngelis, she was the only one who was capable of understanding him.
James mom died of uterine cancer when James was nine years old.
His father wasn't able to take care of him, so he sent James to live with his Aunt Ortense and her husband Marcus Winslow on a farm in Fairmount, Indiana.
He 1st enrolled at Brentwood Public School
Transferred to McKinley Elementary
In high school Dean's overall performance was mediocre.
He was considered to be a popular student.
James played on the baseball and varsity basketball teams, studied drama, and competed in public speaking through the Indiana High School Forensic Association.
James graduated Fairmount high May 1949.
He transferred to UCLA for one semester and changed his major to drama, which resulted in estrangement from his father.
While at UCLA, James was picked from a group of 350 actors to portray Malcolm in Macbeth. At that time, he also began acting in James Whitmore's workshop.
In January 1951 James dropped out of UCLA to act Full-time
Dean's first television appearance was in a Pepsi Cola television commercial.
He was later cast as John the Beloved Disciple in Hill Number One
He also did three walk-on roles in movies, a soldier in
, a youth in
Has Anybody Seen My Gal?,and
a boxing trainer in
in his first years of acting.
His first speaking part was as the boxing trainer in Sailor Beware
While struggling to find acting jobs Dean also worked as a parking lot attendant at CBS Studios
Dean moved to New York City where he worked as a stunt tester for the game show Beat the Clock.
After gaining admission to the legendary Actors Studio to study method acting under Lee Strasberg he referred to the Studio in a 1952 letter to his family as "The greatest school of the theater. It houses great people like Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Arthur Kennedy, Mildred Dunnock. ... Very few get into it ... It is the best thing that can happen to an actor. I am one of the youngest to belong."
James Dean is often noted within television shows, films, books and novels.
In an episode of
Degrassi: The Next Generation
, the character Liberty likens the rebellious, anti-social Sean Cameron to James Dean.
On the sitcom
, Fonzie has a picture of Dean in his closet next to his mirror.
A picture of Dean also appears on Rizzo's wall in the film
On the American version of the TV series
Queer as Folk
, the main character Brian Kinney mentions James Dean together with Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, saying, "They're all legends. They'll always be young, and they will always be beautiful".
In the alternative history book
by Harry Turtledove, Dean is stated to have not died in a car crash and to have made several more films, including Rescuing Private Ranfall, based on Saving Private Ryan.
O My Gosh
On April 20, 2010, a long "lost" live episode of the General Electric Theater called "The Dark, Dark Hours" featuring James Dean in a performance with Ronald Reagan was uncovered by NBC writer Wayne Federman
The episode, originally broadcast December 12, 1954.
It was featured on numerous national media outlets including: CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America.
It was later revealed that some footage from the episode was first featured in the 2005 documentary, James Dean: Forever Young.
Impacting the young
American teenagers of the mid-1950s, when James Dean's major films were made, identified with Dean and the roles he played.
Dean's iconic appeal has been attributed to the public's need for someone to stand up for the disenfranchised young of the era.
Dean's "loving tenderness towards the besotted Sal Mineo in
Rebel Without a Cause
continues to touch and excite gay audiences by its honesty.
Iconic time for Dean?
Today, Dean is often considered an icon because of his "experimental" take on life, which included his unsure sexuality
Dean has been questioned about having sexual relationships with both men and women his reply "No, I am not a homosexual. But I'm also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back."
William Bast, one of Dean's closest friends was Dean's first biographer (1956).He published a revealing update of his first book, in which after years of successfully dodging the question as to whether he and Dean were sexually involved, he finally stated that they experimented.
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"Dream as if you'll live forever, and live as if you'll die today."
- James Dean
Only the gentle are ever really strong.
- James Dean
Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.
- James Dean
The only greatness for man is immortality.
- James Dean
To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
- James Dean
The End Is Near
James was on his way to finish a racing event in California on October 1, 1955
James, and his Porsche trained mechanic Rolf were in the middle of preparing Deans new Porsche.
Dean was being passed by a ford and tried to a "side stepping" racing maneuver with insufficient time and space
The car James hit went flying into a ditch.
James was found with his left foot caught between the clutch and brake pedal. He also had a broken neck, and internal and external injuries.
James, and wutherich were taken in the same ambulance, but James was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
He died at age 24, on September 30, 1955