James Dean has always been the “young and inexperienced” Hollywood star for me. I was going to say “young, but not in a good way” but that would imply that James had more experience than most of the other young people who have gone before him. Not quite, James Dean was only 25 when he made his first appearance in the movie Dirty Harry, the movie that started his career on an upswing. So why do I consider him such a great actor?
It is true that the James Dean who appears in these movies was a very young man. He was also very much inexperienced when it came to acting. The film industry at the time was very unforgiving when it came to casting, as you would have found out yourself if you had gone into the industry expecting to be accepted immediately as a celebrity. You have to be very talented and very clever, if you are to stand out and develop a loyal following in the industry.
Actors in the Seventies and Eighties have an image to uphold, they are being stereotyped as being pantomime villains or buffoons. As James Dean himself did not have the kind of success that the mainstream stars of today seem to have, this was an advantage to him. On top of this, he had to carry himself in a way that no one would have ever guessed that he was the same person who had been given an Academy Award for his role in Some Like It Hot. Many people would have thought him a little odd or eccentric.
|FULL NAME||James Byron Dean|
|BIRTH DATE||February 8, 1931|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Marion, Indiana|
|EDUCATION||University of California at Los Angeles|
|SPOUSE||Vic Damone, Armando Trovajoli|
|PLACE OF BURIAL||Park Cemetery|
eadline – U.S.A.
Has Anybody Seen My Gal?
Trouble Along the Way
East of Eden
Rebel Without a Cause
|AWARDS|| Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites,|
Golden Globe Special Achievement Award
|DEATH DATE||September 30, 1955|
|PLACE OF DEATH||Paso Robles, California|
The early life of James Dean was one filled with trouble and turmoil. His parents had a rough time, in the beginning of their marriage, as his father was an alcoholic and his mother struggled with her own struggles in her life. So when it came to James’s early life, that didn’t even factor into the mix at all. For most of his early life, he lived in an orphanage, which seems like it would have been a pretty bad start to his life.
However, it turned out that all of the troubles at home might have actually helped form the James Dean we know. During his early years, he literally was a bullied, criminal at times. James Dean began his acting career at a very young age and he didn’t really begin to make his mark in Hollywood until he was about thirty years old.
It is also notable that James did not exactly have a “normal” childhood. As you may well know, he had a lot of trouble with his mother and often ended up being put in the home for homeless children, which was run by a relative who helped raise James and his siblings. When it comes to his childhood, it might be hard to believe that it had a great deal to do with how he would end up developing into the iconic actor he would become. However, it did have a significant impact on his early life and that could be one of the reasons why he developed the personality and the mannerisms that have made him one of the greatest actors of all time
You may have heard the news about James Dean dying at just 26 years old. So many people are discussing his death because he was such a great actor that we will always remember his acting career, and his death, but it is important to understand that no matter how famous or popular an actor may be, they still have to work at it. He did work at it, and he made it big in Hollywood, so you can’t really blame him for having a difficult time adjusting when it came to his acting career. However, his death has given rise to the question of what type of actors should you be interested in if you want to become a great actor? James Dean is the man who is often talked about, but the question on everyone’s mind is – which type of actor is better than James Dean?
I remember being a high school student when the first Star Wars was released, and having one of those movies that was at least two hours long and made for television. This movie was one of those movies that everyone talked about and you couldn’t wait to watch it again. The problem with this type of movie was that the actors who starred in it were very good, but because of the large budget, the movie felt like it was missing something, and that something was the chemistry between the actors. One of the best actors of all time, Jack Lemmon, played the part of Vader in the first Star Wars, and he was amazing as he brought so much emotion to the character. That made the entire movie just fly by. The same thing happened with Empire Strikes Back with Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford is without a doubt one of the best actors to ever grace the silver screen, and his work in Return of the Jedi was phenomenal.
This brings us to our next actor, James Dean. The main difference between Dean and Ford is that James Dean did not have a high budget and simply used his talent to create a movie out of an idea. That was not the case with the Star Wars movies, and that is why Star Wars is better than Empire, because it’s the truth. We have all seen movies that just weren’t believable, but Star Wars was probably the closest to a realistic acting career for an actor ever created. It’s a shame to look back at the movies of James Dean and say, “He was nothing,” but in reality, he was everything you could ask for.
There’s no doubt that James Dean was a great actor. He was an amazing personality and it’s hard to remember a film from the 40s that didn’t have him in it. It seems like just yesterday when his parents moved him from Long Island to California to start acting in movies. They had hoped that he would get his break with some sort of dramatic role, but nothing ever came of that until many years later when his friend George Segal spotted him playing golf at the Sybil Dvorak Golf Links in Long Island.
From there, his personal life changed drastically. He had met Bess Lovejoy, an actress he befriended who went on to become one of his most famous co-stars, and she became his wife for just under six years. Dean’s erratic behavior as well as Bess Lovejoy, caused many rumors to begin circulating about them, and they were the subject of gossip columns across the country. Much of the gossip in this regard was a result of Bess Lovejoy being too short for James Dean, which was unusual for a man her height, so the press naturally assumed that she must be ugly. That was all Dean’s fault, he was jealous of Bess Lovejoy and didn’t want her to fall in love with anyone else!
Dean’s personal life was so tumultuous that he felt the need to move back to his home state of California where he’d once lived before moving to New York City. He didn’t want the attention anymore, although, because he’d really fallen in love with Bess Lovejoy. He felt that he wasn’t good enough for her, but he really loved her so much that he was unwilling to move out of their home. They had three children together, including son Roger. Their marriage ended after her death because Bess Lovejoy couldn’t stand the attention that Dean was giving to his other wives. She wanted more attention, and Dean couldn’t take it anymore!
It’s a sad fact that no matter how you feel about James Dean, he’s a true legend. Over the years James Dean has been mentioned in popular songs, movies, plays and books all over the world. He also appears as one of the main characters in several of the films such as Rebel Without A Cause, Once Upon A Time In America, High Plains Drifter, A Fistful Of Dollars, When The Stars Go Blue, Bonnie And Clyde, Rebel Without A Cause, High Plains Drifter, Play It Cool, Dangerous Lady, Kidnap, and his last major movie appearance was in the 1989 cult classic Death Of A Superstar. Here is a list of ten films that feature the famous James Dean.
Do You Know Who I Am? (Denis Cardis) was directed by William Friedkin and starred Al Pacino as Cardis, the leader of a crime family in Hollywood. The plot follows the American Dream as it relates to Cardis and his family and introduces the character of his evil, vicious daughter, Marlo.
Amistad (Tom Phillips) was a biopic following the lives of men from different parts of the world in the times of the slavery and enslavement of the African Americans. The movie itself became famous due to several episodes of the reality TV show NatGeo America. This movie features an interesting cast, which includes Meryl Streep, Burt Reynolds, Joseph Cotten, Alan Arkin, Marlon Brando, Richard Chamberlain, Barbara Hershey, Edward G. Robinson, Clint Eastwood, John Cazale, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Taylor. This movie actually makes a reference to John F. Kennedy, as it is based on his uncle’s novel The Manchurian Candidate. This movie was one of the first American movies to star black actors and it also featured an English accent that was dubbed. This movie became the first movie to be shown in Imax theatres and was considered to be one of the most difficult to view films at the time.