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James Dean

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James Dean

American actor and cultural iconadd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (63%), (8%), France (6%)

Main connections: California, Elia Kazan, Actor

Linked to: California Polytechnic State University, Fairmount High School, Santa Monica College, Actors Studio

 

Timeline


 

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James Dean was born in 1931 add something


1936

Elia Kazan - James Dean died the following year, at the age of 24, in an accident with his sports car outside of Los Angeles.


1947

Cheryl Crawford - In 1947, together with former Group Theatre members Elia Kazan and Robert Lewis, she founded The Actor's Studio, which trained Marlon Brando, James Dean, Jerome_Robbins, Shelley Winters, Jane Fonda, Bea Arthur, and many more


1950

Route 466 east of Cholame, San Luis Obispo County, when a black-and-white 1950 Ford Custom Tudor coupe, driven from the opposite direction by 23-year-old Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed (1932–1995), moved to take the fork onto State Route 41 and crossed into Dean's lane. add something

 

John Gilmore (writer) - A motion picture, television and stage actor in Los Angeles and New York in the 1950s, his friends including James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, Gilmore has written about his encounter with Elizabeth Short a

 

Jeans - After James Dean popularized them in the movie "Rebel Without a Cause", wearing jeans became a symbol of youth rebellion during the 1950s

 

Terence Stamp - He was inspired by the 1950s avant-garde method-trained actor James Dean

 

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

 

Maila Nurmi - In the early 1950s, Nurmi was close friends with James Dean, and they spent time together at Googie's coffee shop on the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood

 

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


1951

In January 1951, he dropped out of UCLA to pursue a full-time career as an actor. add something

 

In October 1951, following actor James Whitmore's and his mentor Rogers Brackett's advice, Dean moved to New York City. add something


1952

Proud of this accomplishment, Dean referred to the Studio in a 1952 letter to his family as "The greatest school of the theater. add something

 

Sunglasses - Introduced in 1952, the trapezoidal lenses are wider at the top than the bottom , and were famously worn by James Dean, Roy_Orbison, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, The Beatles and other actors and singers


1953

In 1953, director Elia Kazan was looking for a substantive actor to play the emotionally complex role of 'Cal Trask', for screenwriter Paul Osborn's adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel East of Eden. add something

 

John Gilmore (writer) - While Gilmore was living in New York City in the spring of 1953, a mutual friend, movie bit-player and extra, Ray Curry, introduced him to actor James Dean


1954

Dean upgraded his MG to a 1954 Porsche 356 Speedster, which he raced. add something

 

Positive reviews for Dean's 1954 theatrical role as "Bachir", a pandering North African houseboy, in an adaptation of Andre Gide's book The Immoralist, led to calls from Hollywood . add something

 

Gordon Mirams - After the release of the "Mazengarb Report on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents" in 1954, Mirams responded to community fears about juvenile delinquency by banning "The Wild One" starring Marlon Brando and "Rebel Without A Cause" starring James Dean

 

Paul Newman - In February 1954, Newman appeared in a screen test with James Dean, directed by Gjon Mili, for East of Eden.


1955

For the 1955 Academy Awards, Dean received a posthumous nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in East of Eden, the first official posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history. add something

 

James Dean died in 1955 add something

 

Dean came in second in the Palm Springs Road Races in March 1955 after a driver was disqualified; he came in third in May 1955 at Bakersfield and was running fourth at the Santa Monica, California Road Races later that month until he retired with an engine failure. add something

 

This encounter took place on September 23, 1955, seven days before Dean's death add something

 

Hickman was part of Dean's group driving to the Salinas Road Races on September 30, 1955 add something

 

Lew Bracker, Dean's best friend in L.A. and fellow Porsche racer, maintains that Barris was not involved with Dean's sports car racing activities; he was never considered to be part of Dean's "inner circle" invited to go to Salinas on September 30, 1955 add something

 

On September 30, 1955, Dean and his Porsche factory-trained mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, were at Competition Motors in Hollywood preparing Dean's new Porsche 550 Spyder for the weekend sports car races at Salinas, California add something

 

At the official coroner's Inquest, held at the San Luis Obispo Court House on October 11, 1955, Turnupseed told the jury that he did not see the low-profile Porsche until after he was turning left onto Route 41 add something

 

Ernest Borgnine - But in 1955, the actor starred as a warmhearted butcher in "Marty", the film version of the television play of the same name, which gained him an Academy *award for Best Actor over Frank Sinatra, James Dean , and former best actor winners Spencer Tracy and James Cagney

 

Lee Strasberg - In 1955, Strasberg student James Dean died in a sports car accident, at age 24

 

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


1956

Barris promoted the "curse" after he placed the wreck on public display in 1956 add something

 

Eschrich raced the Porsche-powered Lotus, which he called a "Potus", at seven CSCC events during 1956 add something

 

For the 1956 Academy awards, Dean received his second posthumous Best Actor Academy award nomination for his role in "Giant" add something

 

In 1956, Barris announced that he was going to rebuild the Porsche Spyder, but that proved to be a Herculean task as the wrecked chassis had no remaining integral strength add something

 

Later in 1956, Barris loaned out the "Little Bastard" to the Los Angeles chapter of the National Safety Council for a local rod and custom car show add something

 

Over the years, Barris described a series of accidents that mysteriously occurred from 1956 to 1960 involving the Little Bastard, resulting in serious injuries to spectators and even a truck driver's death add something

 

"Giant", which was posthumously released in 1956, saw Dean play a supporting role to Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson add something

 

At the Pomona Sports Car Races on October 21, 1956, Eschrich, driving this car, was involved in a minor "shunt" with another driver add something

 

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"

 

Hector P. Garcia - The book was later turned into a 1956 film starring James Dean, Elizabeth_Taylor, Rock Hudson, and Dennis Hopper


1957

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 add something


1958

Montgomery Clift - In 1958, he turned down what became Dean Martin's role in Rio Bravo, which would have reunited him with John Wayne.


1959

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 add something

 

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"


1960

He worked with the Porsche factory's testing department and international rally and racing teams during the 1960s add something

 

Legend holds that the "Little Bastard" mysteriously disappeared in 1960 add something

 

Raskin believes that Barris' "Little Bastard" side show had finally lost its fan appeal just as the 1960s pop culture began to focus on a need for more speed with "big block" Muscle Cars, and later, the high-revving car tunes from Jan and Dean, Ronny and the Daytonas, the Rip Chords, and the Beach Boys add something


1977

In 1977, a Dean memorial was erected in Cholame, California add something

 

Ohnishi, in 1977, designed and erected a stainless steel memorial in tribute to James Dean at Cholame, just a mile west of the accident site add something


1980

Michel Berger - In 1980, Berger partnered with producer Jerome_Savary (Jérôme_Savary) and lyricist Luc Plamondon to produce the musical "La Légende de Jimmy", inspired by the life of James Dean


1981

He died in July 1981, in Kupferzell, West Germany, in another auto accident when he lost control of his car and crashed into a residence add something


1990

Nanette Workman - In 1990 she returned to Paris to become La Diva in Plamondon-Berger's second rock opera, "La Légende de Jimmy", based on the life of James Dean


1994

Alexander, Paul, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean", New York: Viking, 1994 George Perry's biography reduces these aspects of Dean's sexuality to "experimentation" add something

 

Their sexual relationship was earlier suggested in the 1994 book, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean" by Paul Alexander add something


1995

He died at the age of 63 from lung cancer in 1995 add something


1997

In 1997 the TV movie "Race with Destiny" was produced, a true story account of the love affair between Dean and Pier Angeli add something


2005

Also, in 2005, for the 50th Anniversary of James Dean's death, the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL announced they were displaying what was purported to be the "Little Bastard's" passenger door add something

 

It was later revealed that some footage from the episode was first featured in the 2005 documentary, "James Dean: Forever Young" add something

 

Raskin's 2005 book "James Dean At Speed" states that the wreckage of the Porsche Spyder, VIN 550-0055, was declared as a total loss by the insurance company, which paid Dean's father, Winton, the fair market value as a settlement add something

 

"James Dean in Death: A Popular Encyclopedia of a Celebrity Phenomenon" 2005, pp 50-51 add something

 

On September 30, 2005, the junction at Highways 46 and 41 was dedicated as the James Dean Memorial Junction as part of the State of California's official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death add something

 

Nick Adams (actor) - In 2005 Byron Raphael and Presley biographer Alanna Nash wrote that Adams may have "swung both ways" like "Adams' good pal James Dean


2010

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 while working on a Ronald Reagan television retrospective add something

 

On December 21, 2010, CHP Captain Ernest "Ernie" Tripke, died at the age of 88 add something


2011

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 add something


2012

On August 7, 2012, CHP Corporal Ronald Nelson died at the age of 94 add something


2015

Pier Angeli - In 2015, she was portrayed by Alessandra Mastronardi in the James Dean biopic, "Life"

 

Victorville, California - The VFA produced its first original work in October 2015, Turkington's "Decker vs Dracula" starring himself and veteran actors James Dean and Joe Estevez