James Dean
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"James Byron Dean" was an Americans/American actor. He is a cultural icon of the United States and a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (film)/East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956 film)/Giant (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rest on his performances in only these three films, in two of which he is in the leading role.

Dean's premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status. He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor/Best Actor, and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star on their AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list.

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Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

And my heart just did a flip-flop over that.

Rebel Without a Cause.

Eternity? ... That is one hell of a movie.

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.

Only the Gentle are truly strong.

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.

I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day.

You're tearing me apart!