Although James Dean's film credits are short, he made quite an impression when he played the part of Caleb in Elia Kazan's production of "East of Eden." From that point, he started to become known as the angry young man.
Perhaps James Dean's most famous film credit is the brooding role of Jim Stark in "Rebel Without A Cause." This film is what popularized Dean's trademark leather jacket and bad-boy persona. It seems he lived life just as large off screen as on, performing test stunts for the show "Beat The Clock." Warner Brothers also generated plenty of rumors about his love life off the set.
Giant." This film released in 1956 after Dean's highly publicized death in 1955. While driving his Porsche, Dean was involved in a high-speed collision and died from a broken neck. Just as with other larger than life personalities, James Dean's life ended too soon and therefore catapulted his short career into the status of legend.