September 30, 1955

By | Sep 30, 2015

Had he lived, James Dean would be an 80 year old man and who knows what would have happened with his career. He could have been one of those stars that would shine for a couple of years and then fade away never to be seen again.

It’s possible he may even had changed careers. Dennis Hooper, who was a friend of Dean, said that Dean told him that he was considering leaving acting to become a director.

But James Dean will forever be remember as the 24 year old Rebel Without a Cause who died as a result of an auto accident that occurred on September 30, 1955.

When he died he only one of his three movies had been released. That being East of Eden which was released in March 1955. Nearly a month after his death on October 27, 1955 Rebel Without a Cause was released. His last film Giant was released over a year later on November 24, 1956.

After his death he was nominated for the Academy Award for best Actor in both 1955 and 1956. His nomination in 1955 for his role of Cal Trask in East of Eden was the first ever posthumous nomination. He is the only person to have two posthumous nominations.

Along with Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and now Michael Jackson he is one of the most popular dead celebrity. Sometimes it does pay to die young, but all of that pay goes to the estate.


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