His was a legacy like no other. All of his movies became Hollywood classics, but he only saw one, 'East of Eden', completed. He was only 24 years old on September 30, 1955, when he was driving down Route 466 in his Porsche 550 Spyder and a car collided with his, killing him almost instantly.

James was the first of many

The young star's life and career was cut short, but his premature death contributed to the legend he would become. Dean supposedly didn’t care much about his public appearance and went for the disheveled look.

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He was also known for having pretty extreme mood swings, according to friends, who said he also had the habit of calling or visiting them late at night. Dean respected another brooding actor of the day, Marlon Brando. While Dean was just emerging in Hollywood, the slightly older Brando had major success...

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