James Dean Biography
(American Actor Who is Remembered as a Cultural Icon of Teenage Disillusionment and Social Estrangement)
Birthday: February 8, 1931 (Aquarius)
Born In: Marion, Indiana, United States
James Dean, who played the young and handsome protagonist in the drama film ‘Rebel Without a Cause,’ was a highly talented actor. Unfortunately, he was snatched away too soon from the face of the earth. Aged just 24 at the time of his death, James had already achieved more than what many others may achieve over a longer period of time. With his portrayal of a disillusioned teenager in ‘Rebel Without a Cause,’ he became a cultural icon of sorts. The 1950s was a period of great chaos in the American society, with young people trying hard to break free from the restrictions of the elders and the society. Released at such a time, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ had James playing a rebellious man and the youngsters could easily relate to the character he portrayed. Dean had himself experienced a difficult childhood and could thus portray on the screen his heartfelt anguish and vulnerability. Having lost his mother to cancer when he was a little boy, he struggled hard to get over her death and move on. He chose to study drama in college which angered his father, adding to the youngster’s list of woes. However, he proved to be a natural at acting and was soon hailed as an emerging superstar. An automobile accident claimed his life, bringing an abrupt end to a promising career.