August 3, 2012

why mr dean....

he was THE pinup boy of the fifties, and you certainly know why!
one glance of his pictures and you feel yourself blushing. you imagine him with a year round tan, work hands and the smell of aftershave and tabacco mixed together. slightly horse voice and that hair... that hair. so you can see where the obsession came from and still comes from, he was a dish, a little bit of a good boy but alot of a bad boy...... james dean.
millions of songs have been written about him and the world is still obsessed with him years beyond his passing.
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American film actor. He is a cultural icon, best embodied in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status.
Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Dean the 18th best male movie star on their AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list.