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James Dean born (1931)

James Dean born (1931)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly sixty years since the untimely death of James Dean. Though he only appeared in three films, Dean left a lasting impression on the film industry and continues to be admired by fans around the world. Dean was born in Indiana on 8th February 1931 and moved to California as a teenager to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. After several years of small roles and bit parts, Dean finally got his big break with the 1953 film “East of Eden.” His portrayal of the conflicted teenager Cal Trask earned him critical acclaim, and he quickly followed up with starring roles in “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant.”

Though Dean’s life was cut short when he was killed in a car accident in 1955, his work continues to influence actors and filmmakers today. Celebrate his birthday by watching his films and discussing his life and work with these amazing resources!

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy James Dean Word Wheel – here
  • Test your knowledge with James Dean Quiz – here
  • Have a go at our Rebel Without Cause film flashcards – here