James Dean

James Dean

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.

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood was a child star who grew up to be a successful actress. Her life was fraught with relationship drama and her mysterious death was one of the most widely discussed of the 20th century.

River Phoenix

River Phoenix

Everyone was shocked when River Phoenix died of a drug overdose outside of the Viper Room in 1993. What’s amazing is that, despite his early death, he made so many great films that will be remembered.

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

From his 1979 birth as Heathcliff Andrew Ledger in Perth, Australia to his tragic death of an overdose at the young age of 28, Heath Ledger had a full life for someone so young.

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield was one of the most beloved sex symbols of the 20th century. When she died in a car accident in 1967, the world was shocked. Today, here daughter Mariska Hargitay carries on the family acting gene.

Sal Mineo

Sal Mineo

Sal Mineo was best known for his role in Rebel Without a Cause. He is also known, unfortunately, for being an actor who died young. Here’s the timeline of his life.