James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana Feb. 8, 1931. Son to parents Mildred and Winton Dean Wilson. James's mother died of cancer when he was only nine years old and his death took him very hard when he and the mother had a very close relationship. Winton Dean, who had a hard time with his feelings for his son, sent him away to live with his aunt on a farm in Fairmount, Indiana instead. The loss of the mother and the bad contact with the father is said to have affected James Dean's emotional acting a lot. Growing up on the farm began his interest in acting, fast cars and motorcycles germinate. James was also a talented athlete in his school and played both baseball and basketball.
After undergoing theater training at Actor's Studio in New York became James Dean one of Hollywood's minions in the mid 1950's. Only one film did, however, have its premiere before his sudden death in 1955, Elia Kazan's East of Eden (based on John Steinbeck's novel), where he made an unforgettable portrait of the unhappy and moderlöse Cal and his conflicts with his father and older brother. A story on the same theme that was once the story of the Biblical Cain and Abel. James is said to have received the role when his own life reminded character Cals very much. James could only participate with major roles in three movies, but are still counted as an icon today.
James Dean died in a car crash with his Porsche 550 Spyder September 30, 1955 on a highway outside the area Cholame, California, approximately 220 miles south of San Francisco, at age 24. Exactly a week before he died, he met Alec Guinness in a restaurant and invited him to sit down next to him to Alec could not find a free table. James wanted to show his new Porsche he just bought, he called the "little bastard".