It’s painful to bid goodbye, especially to an iconic actor like James Dean. Although he died way back in 1955, many people still ask how did James Dean die?
James Dean died in a car accident while driving his Porsche in 1955.
Here are more details about the actor’s short-lived career and unfortunate car crash:
Who Was James Dean?
James Dean was an iconic actor who lived in the early 19th century. He was born on Feb. 8, 1931, in Indiana, United States. He was the only child of his parents.
James and his family moved to Santa Monica, California, where he attended Brentwood Public School and later transferred to McKinley Elementary School. James was very close to his mother, but she died after suffering from uterine cancer when he was nine years older.
After the death of his mother, his father sent James to live with his aunt and uncle in Indiana, where he was brought up in a Quaker home. James was quite popular while in school and also played in the varsity basketball team and baseball.
After he graduated from high school, he moved back to California to live with his dad and his stepmother. He attended UCLA and majored in law but later changed his major to drama. He was picked out to play the role of Malcolm in Macbeth and later dropped out of school to become a full-time actor.
When Did James Dean Start His Acting Career?
James Dean started his acting with Whitmore’s acting workshop. His first television appearance was for a commercial for Pepsi cola.
After he graduated from high school, he studied drama at UCLA. He worked as a parking lot attendant at CBS studios, where he met his mentor, Rogers Brackett. Many believed that the two were romantically engaged.
He later moved back to New York in 1951, where he was accepted to Actor Studios to study under Lee Strasberg. In 1995, he starred in East of Eden, a film adaptation by John Steinbeck. He also played the role of Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause, along with his co-stars, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.
His last movie before his death was Giant. He died before the production of the movie got completed. He received an Academy Award nomination and became the only actor to receive more than one Oscar nomination posthumously.
How Did James Dean Die?
James Dean was an iconic actor back in the mid-19th century. He appeared in several films, and after his death, he became the only actor to receive posthumous awards in history.
On Sept. 30, 1995, James was in his Porsche with his friend Rolf Wutherich when his car collided with a student from California Polytechnic State University, Donald Turnupseed.
According to reports, James Dean was driving too fast and was reportedly warned by the police earlier in the afternoon for speeding.
Donald wasn’t injured as severely as James’s passenger, Rolf. Rolf was severely injured but didn’t die. Unfortunately, James’ life was not spared. According to rumor, James would have survived if the ambulance had a neck brace for his broken neck.
At the time of his death, only one of his movies was released: East of Eden. James was in the middle of making the movie Giant when he died, and the movie was released shortly after his death.
His funeral took place at the Fairmont Friends Church on Oct. 8, 1955, and he was buried in Fairmount Park Cemetery.
Rolf later died from his own car accident, driving while drunk, after stabbing his wife 14 times due to depression after losing James Dean. Donald died from lung cancer in 1995.
What Was James Dean’s Net worth?
James Dean was, and remains, an iconic star, still earning a lot well after his death. When he died, Dean had a net worth of $2 million.
When James first made an on-screen appearance for a Pepsi Cola commercial, he earned $30, which was impressive for that time.
For his role in East of Eden, he earned $1,000 per week. When he played the role of Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause, he gained $10,000. The last movie he acted in before he died wasGiant. He earned $21,000 for his role in that movie.
Even after his death, he still has money going to his name. The Dean Foundation Trust earns $3.23 million every year.