False Teeth, Competing In Road Races, And Other 6 Facts About The Iconic James Dean

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James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, but sadly lived only a quarter of a century. He starred in only three films, but he became the icon of his generation. In his own way, he changed both the history of cinema and the history of pop culture, in general.

A dozen documentaries and several feature films about him have been shot. But there are still some facts that you may not know, and we would gladly share them with you.

1. Living with aunt and uncle.

James Dean's mom, with whom he was very close, passed away when the boy was only nine. Some sources say that she died of cancer, but in his brief autobiography, the actor stated that he did not know the cause of his mom's death. After the loss of his wife, James's father sent him to his relatives in Indiana, so the boy was raised by his aunt and uncle.

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2. Having fake teeth.

The actor was a bit of a troublemaker when he was a child. One day, while swinging on a trapeze in the barn, young James had two teeth knocked out. He later loved to confuse people by removing his false teeth during a conversation.

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3. Setting a pole vault record.

The actor was shortsighted and very skinny, but this did not stop him from succeeding in the sports field. In fact, if he had not become an actor, he could have been a standout athlete. He played football and basketball, as well broke the county pole vault record.

4. Starring in soft-drink commercials.

Dean first appeared on the TV screen in Pepsi-Cola commercials. His friend brought him there, and this is how his television career began.

5. Starring in a handful of movies.

Although he is a legend and an icon, the actor only starred in three films, although he appeared in many TV shows and plays. The most famous one is East of Eden, which propelled Dean to stardom. He could have made more but, unfortunately, he died at the age of 24.

6. Receiving awards after his death.

James Dean became the only actor in history who was twice nominated for the Academy Awards posthumously.

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7. Having a thing far race-cars.

A lover of speed, the actor had a motorcycle and a red convertible. He actually competed in road races and even came second place.

8. Dating beauties.

Indeed, he was quite a womanizer and it's believed that he had many romantic relationships, including one with Liz Sheridan and Barbara Glenn. As for the latter, he wrote her notes that were later on sale for £16,000!

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His colleagues later remembered him as an attractive, sensitive, young man who was tough and vulnerable, not afraid to break down and cry and not afraid to punch you in the nose.

A rebel who wanted to be a mainstream, Dean left a gigantic legacy of an actor whose appearance and talent will be remembered forever.

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