Last Movies of 9 Noteworthy Stars


James Dean

Rising star James Dean was just 24 years old, with a mere three starring roles under his belt, when he was killed in a car accident in 1955. The astonishingly talented actor became an enduring cult icon with his roles in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause. But Giant, released in 1956, was Dean's farewell picture. In the movie, Dean plays Jett Rink, a nonconforming ranch hand who becomes a rich oil tycoon. Dean's character ages about 30 years in the film, so his hair was dyed gray. When Dean was killed on September 30, 1955, while driving his Porsche Spyder to an auto race in Salinas, California, he eerily appeared much older, due to his hairstyle. Dean received Oscar nominations for Best Actor for his roles in Giant and East of Eden, the first person ever to receive a post-humous nod from the Academy.