Posted on January 28, 2015
He was an American icon of his generation who exemplified rebellious youth and had several great roles before his untimely death at the age of 24.
James Dean is born in Marion, Indiana to Winton and Mildred Wilson Dean.
His mother dies of cancer.
After his mother dies, his father sends him to live with Quaker relatives in Fairmont, Indiana.
He graduates from Fairmont High School in Fairmont, Indiana.
After graduating from high school, he moves to California to live with his father and stepmother. He enrolls in Santa Monica College and majors in pre-law. He transfers to the University of California and majors in drama, which causes his father to kick him out of the house.
Has a small role in the film Fixed Bayonets.
Has a role in the film Sailor Beware.
Has a small role in the film Has Anybody Seen My Gal?
Has a role in the film Trouble Along the Way.
He appears on a live episode of General Electric Theater called “The Dark, Dark Hours” with Ronald Reagan.
Stars in the film East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan.
Stars in Giant with Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson.
He dies at the age of 24 after his Porsche 550 Spyder collides with another car driven by Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed near Cholame, California.