Knowledge Identifier: +James_Dean
Jeans - After James Dean popularized them in the movie "Rebel Without a Cause", wearing jeans became a symbol of youth rebellion during the 1950s
Pompadour (hairstyle) - In recent years the pompadour hair style has been adopted by those enamoured with vintage culture of the late 1950s and early 1960s, which includes antique cars, hot rods, American folk music, rockabilly bands, and Elvis Presley, as well as actors such as James Dean and Desi Arnaz
Ray Whitley - In the late 1950s Whitley made appearances on the Roy Rogers TV specials, he appeared in the feature film Giant starring James Dean
Jerry Fairbanks - He gave James Dean his very first performances on film, first in two Pepsi Cola TV commercials and as John the Apostle in the "Father Peyton's Family Theater" TV episode entitled "Hill Number One" broadcast on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1950
Nick Adams (actor) - Adams may have first met James Dean in December 1950 while jitterbugging for a soft drink commercial filmed at Griffith Park
Jerry Seinfeld - Paul Bannister has written that Seinfeld's collection includes & Porsche 911s from various years, 10 Porsche Boxsters each painted a different color, and the famous 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, the same model and pearl-grey color that actor James Dean was driving when he crashed and died
Rod Taylor - Towards the end of 1955, Taylor unsuccessfully screen tested to play boxer Rocky Graziano in MGM's "Somebody Up There Likes Me" after James Dean's death, but his use of a Brooklyn accent and physical prowess in the test impressed the studio enough to gain him a long-term contract
Gig Young - Young is remembered by many James Dean fans for the "driving safety" interview made shortly before Dean's death in September, 1955
Varetta Dillard - She left the Savoy label in early 1956 and signed for the RCA subsidiary label Groove, where she issued several singles including a tribute to James Dean, "I Miss You Jimmy"
During 1957-1959, the "Little Bastard" exhibit began to appear at various rod and custom car shows, movie theatres, bowling alleys, and highway safety displays throughout California
For example, a wire service story on March 12, 1959, reported that the "Little Bastard", temporarily stored in a Fresno, California garage at 3158 Hamilton Avenue, caught fire "awaiting display as a safety exhibit in a coming sports and custom automobile show," The May 12, 1959, "Fresno Bee", went on to say that the fire occurred on the night of March 11, and only slight damage occurred to the Spyder without any damage to other cars or property in the garage
Barry Stanton - Discovered by 2SM radio DJ and JO'K associate Allan Lappan in 1959 while playing during the interval in between Marlon Brando and James Dean movies at Manly, New South Wales's Embassy Theatre, Johnny O'Keefe didn't waste any time in recruiting Barry as a regular spot on "Six O'Clock Rock"
In 1977, a Dean memorial was erected in Cholame, California
In 1997 the TV movie "Race with Destiny" was produced, a true story account of the love affair between Dean and Pier Angeli
In 2011, it was reported that he once told Elizabeth Taylor, his co-star in "Giant," that he was sexually abused by a minister two years after his mother's death
Pier Angeli - In 2015, she was portrayed by Alessandra Mastronardi in the James Dean biopic, "Life"