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James Dean
James Dean

The icon of the restlessness, confusion and idealism of youth in the 1950s, James Dean got his start in acting in a soft drink commercial. After a few bit parts, he moved to New York. There, he served briefly as a stunt tester for to television's Beat the Clock. It was his appearance in the Broadway play The Immoralist that caught the eye of director Elia Kazan who was looking for a lead f…

Date of Birth: February 08, 1931
Date of Death: September 30, 1955


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"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." James Dean
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"I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day," James Dean
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"Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done."" James Dean
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"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication. Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done." James Dean
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"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication." James Dean
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"Rebel Without a Cause." James Dean
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"Dream as if you have forever. Live as if you only have today." James Dean
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"Only the Gentle are truly strong." James Dean
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"You're tearing me apart!" James Dean
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"It's a nice acting challenge for me because the character's much older and he's Jewish and he's quite lonely. At first he feels like his home is being invaded by this person and they have a few spats, but then he discovers the younger character is also Jewish and he grabs a hold of that. (Gardiner) has other secrets that at first tear us apart then bring us together at the end." James Dean
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"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." James Dean
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"And my heart just did a flip-flop over that." James Dean
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"Since I'm only 24 years old, guess I have as good an insight into this rising generation as any other young man my age.And I've discovered that most young men do not stand like ramrods or talk like Demosthenes. Therefore, when I do play a youth, such as in Warner Bros. Rebel Without A Cause, I try to imitate life. The picture deals with the problems of modern youth. It is the romanticized conception of the juvenile that causes much of our trouble with misguided youth nowadays. I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too. But you can't show some far off idyllic conception of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture. You've got to show what it's really like, and try to reach them on their own grounds. You know, a lot of times an older boy, one of the fellows the young ones idolize, can go back to the high school kids and tell them, "Look what happened to me! Why be a punk and get in trouble with the law? Why do these senseless things just for a thrill?" I hope "Rebel Without A Cause" will do something like that. I hope it will remind them that other people have feelings. Perhaps they will say, "What do we need all that for?" If a picture is psychologically motivated, if there is truth in the relationship in it, then I think that picture will do good. I firmly believe Rebel Without A Cause is such a picture." James Dean
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"Only the gentle are ever really strong.'" James Dean
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"There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning. A fish that is in the water has no choice that he is. Genius would have it that we swim in sand. We are fish and we drown." James Dean
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"The only thing I've seen so far are just raccoons running all over." James Dean
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"The only greatness for man is immortality." James Dean
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"Dream as if you'll live forever; live as if you'll die tomorrow." James Dean
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"Giant" James Dean
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"I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed." James Dean
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"It was an accident, although I've been involved in some kind of theatrical function or other since I was a child - in school, music, athletics." James Dean
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