6 Movie Roles of James Dean


Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

This is the film for which James Dean is best remembered. It came out just a month after his tragic death, and costarred a young Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. Dean played the new kid in town, Jim Stark, who finds trouble when searching to replace the love that is lacking in his family life. A daring commentary on tough teenage existence, this movie pitted boys against each other in knife fights that used real switchblades. The actors wore chest protectors under their shirts, but Dean still ended up with a cut on his ear.