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Soul Caravan’s Scott “Wino” Weinrich’s acoustic guitar firmness evinces the slow burning up wisdom produced from many years of hard living and touring within the underground music community. Within the wake from the separation of his earlier outfit, Obsessed, credited in part to some soured major-label record offer, Wino discovered himself surviving in Southern California, burnt out and broke. Recognizing that drastic adjustments were certainly to be able — legend provides it — he found his only ownership, a Les Paul electric guitar, and boarded a Greyhound bus back again East to his hometown of Washington, D.C., to straighten out his lifestyle. Whether simply apocryphal or not really, the storyplot illustrates Wino’s hard-as-nails, powered towards the marrow modus operandi concerning the creation of music. Heart Caravan started in 1996, playing gigs within the Maryland region initially beneath the name Glimmer. Drummer Gary Isom and bass participant Dave Sherman curved out the lineup, both of whom Wino acquired known for quite some time. After some coaxing, Wino, who was simply deeply embroiled within the thankless job of reassembling both his personal and musical profession, became amenable to jamming previous Obsessed tunes simply for fun. Quite obviously, that blossomed right into a full-fledged music group. While Heart Caravan’s audio isn’t drastically not the same as these Obsessed, who welded the foot-stomping organic characteristics of Grand Funk Railroad with no-frills American root base punk just like the Dictators, even while watching Black Sabbath, Nature Caravan injected a wholesome dosage of cryptic psychedelia to the blend. In 1997, the music group documented its first vinyl fabric EP entitled Shed Sun Dance. Soon after, they were fulfilled with a stop and desist purchase from another clothing utilizing the moniker Glow and re-emerged after some brainstorming as Nature Caravan. In 1999, the trio released two recordings, the recording Jug Fulla Sunlight, as well as the CD-EP Dreamwheel, the previous on Fugazi member Joe Lally’s Tolotta Information. After intensive U.S. and Western touring, the music group documented and released its sophomore work, Elusive Truth, in 2001.

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Full Name Spirit Caravan
Music Songs Lost Sun Dance, Cosmic Artifact, No Hope Goat Farm, Dead Love / Jug Fulla Sun, Healing Tongue, Fear's Machine, Melancholy Grey, Powertime, So Mortal Be, Kill Ugly Naked, Darkness & Longing, Sea Legs, Sun Stoned, Retroman, Undone Mind, Lifer City, Dove-Tongued Aggressor, Black Flower, Chaw, Outlaw Wizard, Re-Alignment / Higher Power, Brainwashed, Cloudy Mirror, The Last Embrace, Wicked World, Futility's Reasons, Burnin' In, C, Yourself, Elusive Truth, Dreamwheel, Find It, The Departure
Albums The Last Embrace, Dreamwheel, Jug Fulla Sun, Elusive Truth


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1 Jack Warner forbade James Dean to ride his Triumph 500cc TR5 motorcycle and his Porsch Spyder while under contract at Warner Brothers Studio. Jack Warner's concession to Dean was that Warner allowed Dean to race the Porsch Spyder on professional auto racing track meets. The Warner contract and Jack Warner-James Dean agreement, nevertheless, did not prevent Dean from driving the Triumph motorcycle and his "Little Bastard" Spyder in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. That Friday morning on October 30th, the Porsch was to be mounted on a tow vehicle's car trailer transporting Dean's car and Dean and his pit crew team to the Salinas racing track. Dean had already decided to drive the Porsch himself, and the pit team crew were to follow him with the car trailer in tow. Vern Lanegrasse was one of the few Hollywoodites recognizing James Dean driving, with his mechanic Rolf Weütherich sitting in the passenger seat, as Dean stopped in traffic at the Hollywood intersection of Fountain and Vine streets at 9:45 a.m. heading North.
2 Madonna's song "Jimmy Jimmy" from her True Blue album, was written in his honor.
3 His fragrance of choice was Knize Ten.
4 Mentioned in Adam Lambert's song Ghost Town "I tried to believe in God and James Dean but Hollywood sold out".
5 Mentioned in Taylor Swift's song, "Style" "You've got that James Dean daydream look in your eye.".
6 Lana Del Rey has a song titled "Blue Jeans" where she mentions a man reminding her of James. Saying, "Blue jeans, white shirt. Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn. It was like, James Dean, for sure.".
7 Senses Fail mentions him in a song titled "Choke on this". The lyrics go "you can be my James Dean, I'll be your sweet queen.".
8 Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have admired James Dean and mentioned that watching Dean's performance in East of Eden (1955) was one of the factors that influenced him to become an actor.
9 The character of Fry on Futurama is based on his look in Rebel Without A Cause.
10 Is mentioned in Beyoncé's song "Rather Die Young".
11 James Dean's grave is located at Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana, which is nearly 2,300 miles from where he perished in his fatal car crash on the intersection leading to Cholame, California.
12 Had an interest in bullfighting.
13 Before his acting career took off, Dean would often sleep in his car if he couldn't afford rent.
14 He said on numerous occasions that he did not expect to live past the age of 30.
15 Was a skilled painter and excelled in art class.
16 His three well-known film characters in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956) share some odd similarities. The full name of all of his three roles are formed by eight letters (Jim Stark, Cal Trask and Jett Rink); all of them are finished with a 'K'; and two of them have a surname with the exact same letters (Stark and Trask).
17 On the night Dean was killed, four of his co-stars: Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Nick Adams, and Dick Davalos, were all having dinner together in New York. The conversation turned to Dean, his new Porsche, and speculation that his speeding would cause him to have an accident during the coming year.
18 Actor James Whitmore, whose class Dean was attending recommended to the actor that he apply to th Actor's Studio. Among his friends at the studio were Roddy McDowall, Vivian Nathan, and David Stewart.
19 At the time of his death, Dean was set to star in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM, a loan-out from his home studio Warner Bros. in exchange for Elizabeth Taylor's services in Dean's last film Giant (1956).
20 His headstone was stolen twice but recovered.
21 In 1952 when Dean and two friends hitchhiked to Indiana, Clyde McCullough, catcher for the Major League Pittsburgh Pirates gave them a ride from the end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Des Moines, where he was scheduled to play and exhibition game.
22 One version of how Dean acquired the nickname Little Bastard was that Warner Bros. stunt driver Bill Hickman , who was known as 'Big Bastard', bestowed it on him. But another more vouched for version is that studio boss Jack Warner once referred to Dean as a 'little bastard' after the young star had refused to give up his trailer parked on the temporary spot assigned it during production of East of Eden (1955).
23 He did a promo for Highway Safety on TVs "Warner Bros Presents"(1955), just prior to his death. His last line, "The life you save could be mine".
24 Madonna's song "Jimmy Jimmy" from her True Blue album was written in his honor.
25 He suffered from very erratic mood swings and it is believed that he may have had undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.
26 Was a mediocre student in high school although he was a very popular athlete.
27 He had originally majored in pre-Law but switched to Drama, which angered his father.
28 Lived in Los Angeles from the ages of 6 to 9 before his mother's death.
29 Was very close friends with Elizabeth Taylor.
30 Former lover William Bast wrote a book about their relationship titled "Surviving James Dean".
31 Mentioned in the song "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed.
32 According to Elizabeth Taylor, Dean was molested consistently by a trusted clergy member at the age of 11 years and in a state of having been bereft of his mother.
33 According to Dennis Hopper, he once threatened to kill a director with a switchblade.
34 Is referenced in the Lady Gaga song Speechless, "I can't believe how you looked at me with your James Dean glossy eyes".
35 One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, Alan Arkin, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift.
36 Mentor and friend of Dennis Hopper.
37 'Rolf Weütherich', the German auto mechanic who was riding with Dean in the passenger seat during his fatal auto crash, was thrown from the car by the impact and received multiple injuries. After Dean's death, he fell into a depression from the trauma of the incident and made several suicide attempts. He died in Germany in 1981 in an auto accident similar to the one that James Dean died in.
38 At the time of his death, he was signed to play in "The Battler" on the Playwrights '56 (1955) television series. The role went instead to Paul Newman.
39 While filming The Swan (1956) in Hollywood, Alec Guinness he met James Dean, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!" Guinness unfortunately proved right.
40 His father inherited his estate, which was valued at the time of his death at $96,438.44 after taxes. The bulk of the estate came from his life insurance policy as well as $6,750 in insurance claims from his Porsche Spyder. His checking account had a balance of $3,256.48.
41 Much like Dean himself was with Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley emulated and idolized James Dean. He would talk to friends for hours about his reverence for Dean, and got into acting as a way of following in Dean's footsteps. He confessed to his friends and close ones that Dean had the acting career he always wanted.
42 His closest and most intimate friend for the last five years of his life was William Bast.
43 Was originally considered for the leading role in Oklahoma! (1955).
44 Mentioned in Don McLean's hit song "American Pie".
45 Was biggest idol of Elvis Presley.
46 Referenced by name in the Skid Row song, "Forever" ("wild cigarettes like James Dean").
47 Was terribly near-sighted and wore thick glasses when not on screen.
48 Known to have loved animals as he spoke fondly of being raised around cows, pigs and chickens when he was young. He also was given a Siamese kitten named Marcus as gift by Elizabeth Taylor.
49 Was Oscar nominated in two-thirds of his films, a record which will probably never be bettered.
50 Just before his death, his agent, Jane Deacy, negotiated a 9-picture deal over 6 years with Warner Bros. worth $900,000. Dean's next project was to be a television version for NBC of Emlyn Williams' play "The Corn is Green", in which he was to star with Judith Anderson. His next film was to be Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), a biopic of boxer Rocky Graziano, for which Warners were loaning him to MGM and in which he was replaced by Paul Newman. Newman also replaced him in the role of Billy the Kid in The Left Handed Gun (1958). Three other roles with which he was being linked were the leads in Gun for a Coward (1957), The Sea Wall (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
51 His performance as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is ranked #43 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
52 Was good friends with Martin Landau.
53 While a struggling actor in the 1950s, he once lived at 19 West 68th Street, off Manhattan's Central Park West.
54 According to Marlon Brando, Dean would often call him, leaving messages with Brando's answering service. Brando would sometimes listen, silently, as Dean instructed the service to have Brando call back. Brando, disturbed that Dean was copying his life-style (motorcyle, bongo drums) and acting techniques, did not return his calls. The two met at least three times: on the set of East of Eden (1955); on the set of Désirée (1954) and at a party, where Brando took Dean aside and told him he had emotional problems that required psychiatric attention.
55 Like his hero Marlon Brando (Dean had been separated from his own father as a child and was distant from him. Brando apparently served as a role model for Dean) Dean wanted to write. He told gossip columnist Hedda Hopper that writing was his supreme ambition.
56 Signed a nine-picture, $1-million deal with Warner Bros. before his death. He did not live long enough to honor it.
57 At the time of his death, Dean was signed to appear in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM and The Left Handed Gun (1958) at Warner Bros. Both parts subsequently were taken by Paul Newman and helped make him a star. Newman's career may very well have been retarded if Dean had lived as, while still alive, they competed for the same roles (East of Eden (1955)).
58 His final screen test for East of Eden (1955) was shot with Paul Newman, who also was in the final running for one of the roles. Originally, director Elia Kazan had considered casting Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in the roles of the two brothers, but they were too old to play teenagers as they were both in the their 30s in 1954. Newman's age, 29, also put him at a disadvantage. Dean, 23 years old and Richard Davalos, aged 19, were cast as the fraternal twins.
59 His first professional acting gig was in a Coca-Cola commercial, handing out bottles of Coke to teenagers who were riding a merry-go-round.
60 His tastes in music were eclectic. He liked African Tribal music and Afro-Cuban music, as well as classical (Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky); jazz/blues(Billie Holiday) and pop (Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra). His favorite song was Billie Holiday's "When Your Lover Has Gone" and his favorite album was Sinatra's "Songs for Young Lovers".
61 President Ronald Reagan referred to Dean as "America's Rebel".
62 Lost his two front teeth in a motorcycle accident in his youth.
63 Aping Marlon Brando, he also bought a Triumph motorcycle. Instead of Brando's 650cc 6T Thunderbird model, which he used in the film, The Wild One (1953), he bought the smaller 500cc TR5 Trophy model. This Triumph featured in a famous series of photographs by Phil Stern, the motorcycle itself being recovered, restored and currently displayed at the "James Dean Museum" in Fairmount, Indiana.
64 Received posthumous Oscar nominations for his his first and last ever screen performances: East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956).
65 One of the many personalities mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" (1989).
66 He was descended largely from early British settlers to America.
67 Had a fondness for auto racing and had purchased the 1955 Porsche Spyder sports car, one of only 90 made of that year model, planning to participate in the upcoming races in Salinas, CA on Oct 1, 1955.
68 Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
69 Hilary Duff's 2005 "Most Wanted" album includes the song "Mr. James Dean", which is all about him.
70 Loved playing practical jokes on friends and reading.
71 Was named #18 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
72 He was voted the 30th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
73 His favorite book was "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. James Franco - who played Dean in the biopic James Dean (2001), voiced The Fox in the animated film adaptation of the book, Mazasis princas (2015).
74 Director Elia Kazan did not believe that Dean would have been able to sustain the momentum of his career. He felt that Dean's career, had he lived, would have sputtered out, as he was not well-trained and relied too much on his instincts, as opposed to his idol Marlon Brando, who, contrary to what people believed, had been very well-trained by his acting teacher Stella Adler and relied on that training to create his characters.
75 Elia Kazan, in his 1988 autobiography "A Life", says that during the production of East of Eden (1955), he had to have Dean move into a bungalow near his on the Warner Bros. lot to keep an eye on him, so wild was his nightlife.
76 Marlon Brando, in his 1994 autobiography "Songs My Mother Taught Me", says that Dean, who idolized him, based his acting on him and his lifestyle on what he thought Brando's lifestyle was.
77 According to "The Mutant King", David Dalton's 1974 biography of James Dean, the rumor that Dean was a masochist who liked to have cigarettes stubbed out on his naked body can be traced to a pencil sketch of his called "The Human Ash Tray". The sketch featured a human body, in the guise of an ash tray, with many cigarette stubs in it. Dalton speculates that the sketch has nothing to do with Dean's sexual proclivities but much to do with the fact that he was a heavy smoker.
78 Was a graduate from Santa Monica College, a California junior college that boasts its elite drama program. Went on to UCLA but left after appearing in one stage production, as Malcolm in "Macbeth", as he was anxious to get his acting career started.
79 He was voted the 22nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
80 Referenced by name in the John Mellencamp song "Jack and Diane".
81 Along with Martin Sheen and Steve McQueen, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
82 Dean's acting breakthrough came on Broadway in the drama "See the Jaguar", despite its run of only 4 days.
83 In her book "Dizzy and Jimmy", Liz Sheridan claims she and Dean were engaged.
84 At the time of his death, Dean did not leave behind a will, so most of his possessions went to his father, Winton Dean, whose relationship with him was distant at best.
85 During the filming of Giant (1956), he and Rock Hudson did not get along. This tension heightened their on-screen clashes. However, according to Hudson's ex-wife Phyllis Gates, he cried after hearing the news of Dean's death. Gates wrote, "Rock couldn't be reached. He was overcome by guilt and shame, almost as though he himself had killed James Dean."
86 Contrary to popular belief, Dean's middle name was not taken from Lord Byron, but from a relative, "Byron" Dean.
87 One of only four male actors to be posthumously nominated for an Oscar as best actor in a leading role. The others were Spencer Tracy, Peter Finch, and Massimo Troisi.
88 East of Eden (1955) was the only one of the three movies in which he had major roles to be released while he was alive.
89 He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of rock band Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" album, released in 1987.
90 Donald Turnupseed, the driver of the other car involved in Dean's accident, died of cancer in 1995. Turnupseed couldn't swerve out of the way of Dean's Porsche Spyder, but he successfully swerved journalists who frequently pestered him for interviews about the accident.
91 As promotion for Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Dean filmed an interview with actor Gig Young for the "Behind the Camera" segment of the ABC series "Warner Bros. Presents" in July 1955. Dean told Young, "I used to fly around quite a bit, you know, I took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highway.... Now when I drive on the highway, I'm extra cautious." When asked if he had advice for young drivers, Dean concluded the interview, "Take it easy driving. The life you might save might be mine." Dean died soon afterward and the interview was never aired.
92 Pledged Sigma Nu fraternity but dropped out of college before being initiated.
93 Pictured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, originally issued on Monday, June 24th, 1996.
94 Only actor in history to receive more than one Oscar nomination posthumously.
95 Immortalized in 1974 by the song "Rock On" sung by David Essex.
96 Cousin of Marcus Winslow Jr.
97 Nephew of Ortense Winslow (sister of his father) and Marcus Winslow.
98 Grandson of Charles Dean and Emma Dean.
99 Was the first actor to receive an Academy Award nomination posthumously, for his role in East of Eden (1955). However, he did not win.
100 Eagles penned a lyric about him that went: "Too fast to live, too young to die."
101 He was issued a speeding ticket only two hours and fifteen minutes before his fatal accident.
102 Won the Bloom Award as "Best Newcomer" for early Broadway work in "The Immoralist".
103 Briefly studied dance with Katherine Dunham.
104 Reportedly, Dean was very much in love with Pier Angeli and they planned to marry, but her mother blocked the union because Dean wasn't Catholic and she helped arrange Pier's marriage to Vic Damone. Before she committed suicide, Pier wrote that Dean was the only man she had ever really loved.
105 Interred at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana, USA.
106 He also worked as a "stunt tester" on the game show Beat the Clock (1950), testing the safety of the stunts that some of the studio audience members would later perform. However he proved so agile at completing the stunts that his results couldn't be used to set time limits for contestants to complete them. So he was reluctantly let go.
107 Most of his so-called affairs with various starlets were made up by the Warner Brothers PR. He did have love affairs with Pier Angeli and Liz Sheridan.
108 The famous Failure Analysis Associates, from Menlo Park, California, re-constructed and re-created all details of the accident at the same approximate time on September 30th and have concluded that James Dean was travelling 55 to 56 m.p.h. when the fateful accident occurred, thereby proving he had not been speeding, as rumor had it.
109 Ranked #33 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
110 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#42).
111 Mentioned in Adam Lambert's song Ghost Town "I tried to believe in God and James Dean but Hollywood sold out".
112 Mentioned in Taylor Swift's song, "Style" "You've got that James Dean daydream look in your eye.".
113 Lana Del Rey has a song titled "Blue Jeans" where she mentions a man reminding her of James. Saying, "Blue jeans, white shirt. Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn. It was like, James Dean, for sure.".
114 Senses Fail mentions him in a song titled "Choke on this" the lyrics go "you can be my James Dean. Ill be your sweet queen.".
115 Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have admired James Dean and mentioned that watching Dean's performance in East of Eden (1955) was one of the factors that influenced him to become an actor.
116 The character of Fry on Futurama is based on his look in Rebel Without A Cause.
117 Is mentioned in Beyoncé's song "Rather Die Young".
118 James Dean's grave is located at Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana, which is nearly 2,300 miles from where he perished in his fatal car crash on the intersection leading to Cholame, California.
119 Had an interest in bullfighting.
120 Before his acting career took off, Dean would often sleep in his car if he couldn't afford rent.
121 Ironically, he said on numerous occasions that he did not expect to live past the age of 30.
122 Was a skilled painter and excelled in art class.
123 His three well-known film characters in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956) share some odd similarities. The full name of all of his three roles are formed by eight letters (Jim Stark, Cal Trask and Jett Rink); all of them are finished with a 'K'; and two of them have a surname with the exact same letters (Stark and Trask).
124 Ironically on the night Dean was killed, four of his co-stars: Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Nick Adams, and Dick Davalos, were all having dinner together in New York. The conversation turned to Dean, his new Porsche, and speculation that his speeding would cause him to have an accident during the coming year.
125 Actor James Whitmore, whose class Dean was attending recommended to the actor that he apply to th Actor's Studio. Among his friends at the studio were Roddy McDowall, Vivian Nathan, and David Stewart.
126 At the time of his death, Dean was set to star in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM, a loan-out from his home studio Warner Bros. ironically in exchange for Elizabeth Taylor's services in Dean's last film Giant (1956).
127 His headstone was stolen twice but recovered.
128 In 1952 when Dean and two friends hitchhiked to Indiana, Clyde McCullough, catcher for the Major League Pittsburgh Pirates gave them a ride from the end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Des Moines, where he was scheduled to play and exhibition game.
129 One version of how Dean acquired the nickname Little Bastard was that Warner Bros. stunt driver Bill Hickman , who was known as 'Big Bastard', bestowed it on him. But another more vouched for version is that studio boss Jack Warner once referred to Dean as a 'little bastard' after the young star had refused to give up his trailer parked on the temporary spot assigned it during production of East of Eden (1955).
130 He did a promo for Highway Safety on TVs "Warner Bros Presents"(1955), just prior to his death. His last line, "The life you save could be mine".
131 Madonna's song "Jimmy Jimmy" from her True Blue album was written in his honor.
132 He suffered from very erratic mood swings and it is believed that he may have had undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.
133 Was a mediocre student in high school although he was a very popular athlete.
134 He had originally majored in pre-Law but switched to Drama, which angered his father.
135 Lived in Los Angeles from the ages of 6 to 9 before his mother's death.
136 Was very close friends with Elizabeth Taylor.
137 Former lover William Bast wrote a book about their relationship titled "Surviving James Dean".
138 Mentioned in the song "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed.
139 According to Elizabeth Taylor, Dean was molested consistently by a trusted clergy member at the age of 11 years and in a state of having been bereft of his mother.
140 According to Dennis Hopper, he once threatened to kill a director with a switchblade.
141 Is referenced in the Lady Gaga song Speechless, "I can't believe how you looked at me with your James Dean glossy eyes".
142 One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, Alan Arkin, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift.
143 Mentor and friend of Dennis Hopper.
144 'Rolf Weütherich', the German auto mechanic who was riding with Dean in the passenger seat during his fatal auto crash, was thrown from the car by the impact and received multiple injuries. After Dean's death, he fell into a depression from the trauma of the incident and made several suicide attempts. He died in Germany in 1981 in an auto accident similar to the one that James Dean died in.
145 At the time of his death, he was signed to play in "The Battler" on the Playwrights '56 (1955) television series. The role went instead to Paul Newman.
146 While filming The Swan (1956) in Hollywood, Alec Guinness he met James Dean, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!" Guinness unfortunately proved right.
147 His father inherited his estate, which was valued at the time of his death at $96,438.44 after taxes. The bulk of the estate came from his life insurance policy as well as $6,750 in insurance claims from his Porsche Spyder. His checking account had a balance of $3,256.48.
148 Much like Dean himself was with Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley emulated and idolized James Dean. He would talk to friends for hours about his reverence for Dean, and got into acting as a way of following in Dean's footsteps. He confessed to his friends and close ones that Dean had the acting career he always wanted.
149 His closest and most intimate friend for the last five years of his life was William Bast.
150 Was originally considered for the leading role in Oklahoma! (1955).
151 Mentioned in Don McLean's hit song "American Pie".
152 Was biggest idol of Elvis Presley.
153 Referenced by name in the Skid Row song, "Forever" ("wild cigarettes like James Dean").
154 Was terribly near-sighted and wore thick glasses when not on screen.
155 Known to have loved animals as he spoke fondly of being raised around cows, pigs and chickens when he was young. He also was given a Siamese kitten named Marcus as gift by Elizabeth Taylor.
156 Was Oscar nominated in two-thirds of his films, a record which will probably never be bettered.
157 Just before his death, his agent, Jane Deacy, negotiated a 9-picture deal over 6 years with Warner Bros. worth $900,000. Dean's next project was to be a television version for NBC of Emlyn Williams' play "The Corn is Green", in which he was to star with Judith Anderson. His next film was to be Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), a biopic of boxer Rocky Graziano, for which Warners were loaning him to MGM and in which he was replaced by Paul Newman. Newman also replaced him in the role of Billy the Kid in The Left Handed Gun (1958). Three other roles with which he was being linked were the leads in Gun for a Coward (1957), This Angry Age (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
158 His performance as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is ranked #43 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
159 Was good friends with Martin Landau.
160 While a struggling actor in the 1950s, he once lived at 19 West 68th Street, off Manhattan's Central Park West.
161 According to Marlon Brando, Dean would often call him, leaving messages with Brando's answering service. Brando would sometimes listen, silently, as Dean instructed the service to have Brando call back. Brando, disturbed that Dean was copying his life-style (motorcyle, bongo drums) and acting techniques, did not return his calls. The two met at least three times: on the set of East of Eden (1955); on the set of Désirée (1954) and at a party, where Brando took Dean aside and told him he had emotional problems that required psychiatric attention.
162 Like his hero Marlon Brando (Dean had been separated from his own father as a child and was distant from him. Brando apparently served as a role model for Dean) Dean wanted to write. He told gossip columnist Hedda Hopper that writing was his supreme ambition.
163 Signed a nine-picture, $1-million deal with Warner Bros. before his death. He did not live long enough to honor it.
164 At the time of his death, Dean was signed to appear in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) at MGM and The Left Handed Gun (1958) at Warner Bros. Both parts subsequently were taken by Paul Newman and helped make him a star. Newman's career may very well have been retarded if Dean had lived as, while still alive, they competed for the same roles (East of Eden (1955)).
165 His final screen test for East of Eden (1955) was shot with Paul Newman, who also was in the final running for one of the roles. Originally, director Elia Kazan had considered casting Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in the roles of the two brothers, but they were too old to play teenagers as they were both in the their 30s in 1954. Newman's age, 29, also put him at a disadvantage. Dean, 23 years old and Richard Davalos, aged 19, were cast as the fraternal twins.
166 His first professional acting gig was in a Coca-Cola commercial, handing out bottles of Coke to teenagers who were riding a merry-go-round.
167 His tastes in music were eclectic. He liked African Tribal music and Afro-Cuban music, as well as classical (Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky); jazz/blues(Billie Holiday) and pop (Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra). His favorite song was Billie Holiday's "When Your Lover Has Gone" and his favorite album was Sinatra's "Songs for Young Lovers".
168 President Ronald Reagan referred to Dean as "America's Rebel".
169 Lost his two front teeth in a motorcycle accident in his youth.
170 Aping Marlon Brando, he also bought a Triumph motorcycle. Instead of Brando's 650cc 6T Thunderbird model, which he used in the film, The Wild One (1953), he bought the smaller 500cc TR5 Trophy model. This Triumph featured in a famous series of photographs by Phil Stern, the motorcycle itself being recovered, restored and currently displayed at the "James Dean Museum" in Fairmount, Indiana.
171 Received posthumous Oscar nominations for his his first and last ever screen performances: East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956).
172 One of the many personalities mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" (1989).
173 He was descended largely from early British settlers to America.
174 Had a fondness for auto racing and had purchased the 1955 Porsche Spyder sports car, one of only 90 made of that year model, planning to participate in the upcoming races in Salinas, CA on Oct 1, 1955.
175 Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
176 Hilary Duff's 2005 "Most Wanted" album includes the song "Mr. James Dean", which is all about him.
177 Loved playing practical jokes on friends and reading.
178 Was named #18 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
179 He was voted the 30th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
180 His favorite book was "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
181 Director Elia Kazan did not believe that Dean would have been able to sustain the momentum of his career. He felt that Dean's career, had he lived, would have sputtered out, as he was not well-trained and relied too much on his instincts, as opposed to his idol Marlon Brando, who, contrary to what people believed, had been very well-trained by his acting teacher Stella Adler and relied on that training to create his characters.
182 Elia Kazan, in his 1988 autobiography "A Life", says that during the production of East of Eden (1955), he had to have Dean move into a bungalow near his on the Warner Bros. lot to keep an eye on him, so wild was his nightlife.
183 Marlon Brando, in his 1994 autobiography "Songs My Mother Taught Me", says that Dean, who idolized him, based his acting on him and his lifestyle on what he thought Brando's lifestyle was.
184 According to "The Mutant King", David Dalton's 1974 biography of James Dean, the rumor that Dean was a masochist who liked to have cigarettes stubbed out on his naked body can be traced to a pencil sketch of his called "The Human Ash Tray". The sketch featured a human body, in the guise of an ash tray, with many cigarette stubs in it. Dalton speculates that the sketch has nothing to do with Dean's sexual proclivities but much to do with the fact that he was a heavy smoker.
185 Was a graduate from Santa Monica College, a California junior college that boasts its elite drama program. Went on to UCLA but left after appearing in one stage production, as Malcolm in "Macbeth", as he was anxious to get his acting career started.
186 He was voted the 22nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
187 Referenced by name in the John Mellencamp song "Jack and Diane".
188 Along with Martin Sheen and Steve McQueen, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
189 Dean's acting breakthrough came on Broadway in the drama "See the Jaguar", despite its run of less than a week (only 4 days).
190 In her book "Dizzy and Jimmy", Liz Sheridan claims she and Dean were engaged.
191 At the time of his death, Dean did not leave behind a will, so most of his possessions went to his father, Winton Dean, whose relationship with him was distant at best.
192 During the filming of Giant (1956), he and Rock Hudson did not get along. This tension heightened their on-screen clashes. However, according to Hudson's ex-wife Phyllis Gates, he cried after hearing the news of Dean's death. Gates wrote, "Rock couldn't be reached. He was overcome by guilt and shame, almost as though he himself had killed James Dean."
193 Contrary to popular belief, Dean's middle name was not taken from Lord Byron, but from a relative, "Byron" Dean.
194 One of only four male actors to be posthumously nominated for an Oscar as best actor in a leading role. The others were Spencer Tracy, Peter Finch, and Massimo Troisi.
195 East of Eden (1955) was the only one of the three movies in which he had major roles to be released while he was alive.
196 He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of rock band Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" album, released in 1987.
197 Donald Turnupseed, the driver of the other car involved in Dean's accident, died of cancer in 1995. Turnupseed couldn't swerve out of the way of Dean's Porsche Spyder, but he successfully swerved journalists who frequently pestered him for interviews about the accident.
198 As promotion for Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Dean filmed an interview with actor Gig Young for the "Behind the Camera" segment of the ABC series "Warner Bros. Presents" in July 1955. Dean told Young, "I used to fly around quite a bit, you know, I took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highway.... Now when I drive on the highway, I'm extra cautious." When asked if he had advice for young drivers, Dean concluded the interview, "Take it easy driving. The life you might save might be mine." Dean died soon afterward and the interview was never aired.
199 Pledged Sigma Nu fraternity but dropped out of college before being initiated.
200 Pictured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, originally issued on Monday, June 24th, 1996.
201 Only actor in history to receive more than one Oscar nomination posthumously.
202 Immortalized in 1974 by the song "Rock On" sung by David Essex.
203 Cousin of Marcus Winslow Jr.
204 Nephew of Ortense Winslow (sister of his father) and Marcus Winslow.
205 Grandson of Charles Dean and Emma Dean.
206 Was the first actor to receive an Academy Award nomination posthumously, for his role in East of Eden (1955). However, he did not win.
207 Eagles penned a lyric about him that went: "Too fast to live, too young to die."
208 He was issued a speeding ticket only two hours and fifteen minutes before his fatal accident.
209 Won the Bloom Award as "Best Newcomer" for early Broadway work in "The Immoralist".
210 Briefly studied dance with Katherine Dunham.
211 Reportedly, Dean was very much in love with Pier Angeli and they planned to marry, but her mother blocked the union because Dean wasn't Catholic and she helped arrange Pier's marriage to Vic Damone. Before she committed suicide, Pier wrote that Dean was the only man she had ever really loved.
212 Interred at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana, USA.
213 He also worked as a "stunt tester" on the game show Beat the Clock (1950), testing the safety of the stunts that some of the studio audience members would later perform. However he proved so agile at completing the stunts that his results couldn't be used to set time limits for contestants to complete them. So he was reluctantly let go.
214 Most of his so-called affairs with various starlets were made up by the Warner Brothers PR. He did have love affairs with Pier Angeli and Liz Sheridan.
215 The famous Failure Analysis Associates, from Menlo Park, California, re-constructed and re-created all details of the accident at the same approximate time on September 30th and have concluded that James Dean was travelling 55 to 56 m.p.h. when the fateful accident occurred, thereby proving he had not been speeding, as rumor had it.
216 . Ranked #33 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
217 . Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#42).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Giant 1956 Jett Rink
Crossroads 1955 TV Series
Rebel Without a Cause 1955 Jim Stark
Schlitz Playhouse 1955 TV Series Jeffrey Latham
Lux Video Theatre 1952-1955 TV Series Kyle McCallum
East of Eden 1955 Cal Trask
The United States Steel Hour 1955 TV Series Fernand Lagarde
General Electric Theater 1954 TV Series Bud / The Boy
Danger 1953-1954 TV Series Felon / Augie / J.B.
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1954 TV Series Robbie Warren
Robert Montgomery Presents 1953 TV Series Paul Zalinka
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1953 TV Series Joey Frasier
Kraft Theatre 1952-1953 TV Series Joe Harris / Jim
Campbell Summer Soundstage 1953 TV Series Hank Bradon / Joe
Omnibus 1953 TV Series Bronco Evans
The Big Story 1953 TV Series Rex Newman
Studio One in Hollywood 1952-1953 TV Series Joe Palica / William Scott / Hotel Bellboy
Tales of Tomorrow 1953 TV Series Ralph
Treasury Men in Action 1953 TV Series Arbie Ferris / Randy Meeker
Trouble Along the Way 1953 Football Spectator (uncredited)
You Are There 1953 TV Series Bob Ford
The Kate Smith Hour 1953 TV Series The Messenger
Has Anybody Seen My Gal 1952 Youth at Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Forgotten Children 1952 TV Movie Bradford
Deadline - U.S.A. 1952 Copyboy (unconfirmed, uncredited)
CBS Television Workshop 1952 TV Series G.I.
Sailor Beware 1952 Boxing Opponent's Second (uncredited)
The Stu Erwin Show 1951 TV Series Randy
Fixed Bayonets! 1951 Doggie (uncredited)
The Bigelow Theatre 1951 TV Series Hank
Family Theatre 1951 TV Series John

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beat the Clock 1950 TV Series stunt tester - 1950

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
'Giant' Stars Are Off to Texas 1955 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Warner Pathé News Issue # 87 1955 Documentary short Himself
A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954 TV Short Himself (in crowd)
The Web 1952 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
James Dean: A Portrait 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself (1955 public service film)
Rediscovering a Rebel 1996 TV Short documentary Himself - 'Jim Stark'
James Dean and Me 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Cal Trask, 'East of Eden' (uncredited)
Fame in the Twentieth Century 1993 TV Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
Death Scenes 2 1992 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Gesichter Des Todes VII 1992 Video documentary short
Idols 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Naked Hollywood 1991 TV Mini-Series Himself
Arena 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths 1990 Video documentary Himself
Faces of Torture 1988 Video documentary
Forever James Dean 1988 Documentary Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985 TV Series Himself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1984 Documentary Himself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Himself
James Dean: The First American Teenager 1975 TV Movie documentary Himself
ABC Late Night 1974 TV Series Himself
James Dean Remembered 1974 TV Special documentary Himself / various roles
Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still 1972 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
James Dean 1965 - Legende und Wirklichkeit eines Idols 1965 TV Movie documentary Himself
The James Dean Story 1957 Documentary Himself ('East of Eden' screen test footage)
The Big Story 1957 TV Series Todd
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Himself
The Fabulous Allan Carr 2017 Documentary Himself
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Documentary Himself
CNN Newsroom 2014 TV Series Himself
Hollywoods Spaßfabrik - Als die Bilder Lachen lernten 2014 TV Movie documentary
Hollywood Rebellen 2013 TV Movie documentary
James Dean's Lost Slideshow 2013 Documentary Himself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger 2010 Documentary Jett Rink (uncredited)
20 to 1 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Tracks 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Elvis: Return to Tupelo 2008 Video documentary Himself
The Meadow 2008 Short Voices (uncredited)
La rentadora 2006 TV Series
September 30, 1955 2006 Documentary short Himself
James Dean: The Whole Story 2006 Video documentary Himself
Getaway 2005 TV Series Jim Stark
James Dean - Kleiner Prinz, little Bastard 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Crash Science 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Jim Stark (in 'Rebel Without a Cause')
The World's Most Photographed 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Miradas 2 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
East of Eden: Art in Search of Life 2005 Video documentary short Cal Trask
James Dean: Forever Young 2005 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
James Dean - Mit Vollgas durchs Leben 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bettie Page: The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini 2004 Video documentary Himself
Queer as Folk 2004 TV Series Himself
Die Geschichte des erotischen Films 2004 TV Movie documentary
Larry King Live 2004 TV Series Himself
James Dean and Marlon Brando 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Return to 'Giant' 2003 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Living Famously 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Screen Tests of the Stars 2002 Documentary Himself
James Dean: Born Cool 2001 Video documentary Himself
The Final Day 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration 2000 TV Movie uncredited
Omnibus 2000 TV Series documentary
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special The Rebel (uncredited)
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Special documentary
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary uncredited
Memories of 'Giant' 1998 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton 1997 TV Short documentary
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender 1997 Documentary Himself
Biography 1997 TV Series documentary Himself, Columbus Raid victim

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1719 Vine Street.
1957 Henrietta Award Golden Globes, USA World Film Favorite - Male
1956 Special Achievement Award Golden Globes, USA Award given posthumously for Best Dramatic Actor.
1956 Jussi Jussi Awards Best Foreign Actor East of Eden (1955)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1957 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Giant (1956)
1957 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
1956 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role East of Eden (1955)
1956 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor East of Eden (1955)

TitleSalary
Giant (1956) $21,000 ($1500 per week)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) $10,000
East of Eden (1955) $1,000 /week
Giant (1956) $21,000 ($1500 per week)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) $10,000
East of Eden (1955) $1,000 /week

#Quote
1 Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
2 [on raising children and teenagers] 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.
3 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.
4 There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
5 The only greatness for man is immortality.
6 [on the risk of racing cars] What better way to die? It's fast and clean and you go out in a blaze of glory!
7 [Being asked about his sexual orientation] No, I am not a homosexual. But, I'm also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back.
8 To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves.
9 The cinema is a very truthful medium because the camera doesn't let you get away with anything. On stage you can even loaf a little, if you're so inclined.
10 My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.
11 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.
12 I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery.
13 I think I am gong to make it because on one hand I am like Clift saying help me and of the other hand I am Brando saying, 'Screw you!', and somewhere in between is 'James Dean'.
14 (When speaking to a friend) Death can't be considered, because if you're afraid to die there's no room in your life to make discoveries.
15 [on acting] You can do "Hamlet" while performing cartwheels . . . as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.
16 If a man can bridge the gap between life and death ... I mean, if he can live on after his death, then maybe he was a great man.
17 When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that. So the director's task is just that to direct, to point the way. Then the actor takes over. And he must be allowed the space, the freedom to express himself in the role. Without that space, an actor is no more than an unthinking robot with a chest-full of push-buttons.
18 [to Hedda Hopper] Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, "Wait. Let me see". And above all, you must be honest with yourself.
19 [when told he was too short to be an actor] How can you measure acting in inches?
20 Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me. I also became close to nature and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
21 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.
22 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. To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves. To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
23 An actor must interpret life and, in order to do so, must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.
24 Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
25 Gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
26 Only the gentle are ever really strong.
27 Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
28 [on raising children and teenagers] 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.
29 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.
30 There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
31 The only greatness for man is immortality.
32 [on the risk of racing cars] What better way to die? It's fast and clean and you go out in a blaze of glory!
33 [Being asked about his sexual orientation] No, I am not a homosexual. But, I'm also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back.
34 To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves.
35 The cinema is a very truthful medium because the camera doesn't let you get away with anything. On stage you can even loaf a little, if you're so inclined.
36 My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.
37 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.
38 I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery.
39 I think I am gong to make it because on one hand I am like Clift saying help me and of the other hand I am Brando saying, 'Screw you!', and somewhere in between is 'James Dean'.
40 (When speaking to a friend) Death can't be considered, because if you're afraid to die there's no room in your life to make discoveries.
41 [on acting] You can do "Hamlet" while performing cartwheels . . . as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.
42 If a man can bridge the gap between life and death ... I mean, if he can live on after his death, then maybe he was a great man.
43 When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that. So the director's task is just that to direct, to point the way. Then the actor takes over. And he must be allowed the space, the freedom to express himself in the role. Without that space, an actor is no more than an unthinking robot with a chest-full of push-buttons.
44 [to Hedda Hopper] Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, "Wait. Let me see". And above all, you must be honest with yourself.
45 [when told he was too short to be an actor] How can you measure acting in inches?
46 Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me. I also became close to nature and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
47 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.
48 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. To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves. To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
49 An actor must interpret life and, in order to do so, must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.
50 Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
51 Gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
52 Only the gentle are ever really strong.

#Trademark
1 The red jacket, white T-shirt and blue jeans from Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
2 Known for playing well-meaning but deeply troubled characters
3 Impulsive emotional acting style
4 Light brown hair greased back
5 Squinty, sleepy blue eyes
6 Frequently played angry youths
7 The red jacket, white T-shirt and blue jeans from Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
8 Known for playing well-meaning but deeply troubled characters
9 Impulsive emotional acting style
10 Light brown hair greased back
11 Squinty, sleepy blue eyes
12 Frequently played angry youths

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