James Byron Dean was born on 8 February 1931, in Marion, Indiana USA, of English, Irish, Welsh, German, and Scottish descent. Dean was an actor, best known for being one of the best during the Golden Age of Hollywood, in such films as “Rebel Without a Cause” and “East of Eden”. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 1955.
How rich was James Dean? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that was at $20 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actor. He was even nominated posthumously for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the only actor to have had two such nominations after his death. All of these ensured the position of his wealth.
James Dean Net Worth $20 million
Dean attended Brentwood Public School but transferred to McKinley Elementary School. He had a close relationship with his mother, but she would die of uterine cancer when Dean was just nine years old, and since his father was unable to take care of him, he was sent to live with his aunt in Indiana. There he would develop a close relationship with Rev. James DeWeerd, who would become an influence on James’ future interests. At school, he became very popular and played in both the school’s basketball and baseball teams. He also studied public speaking and drama, then matriculating from Fairmount High School. He moved back to live with his father, and attended Santa Monica College before transferring to UCLA, focusing on drama, joining a production of “Macbeth”, and soon dropped out to pursue acting full-time.
Dean started out in a Pepsi Cola commercial, but was soon cast in “Hill Number One”. He would continue pursuing roles, and would appear in “Fixed Bayonets!”, “Sailor Beware”, and “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?” Since he had difficulty getting jobs in Hollywood, he also worked as a parking lot attendant, but soon met Rogers Brackett who would help him in his career. In 1951, Dean moved to New York City and became a stunt tester for the show “Beat the Clock”. He then appeared in the television series “Studio One”, and then admitted to the Actors Studio. His career was starting to take off as well, as he continued to make appearances, in “The United States Steel Hour”, “Danger”, and “Robert Montgomery Presents”.
James would get wide recognition after being cast in the film adaptation of the novel “East of Eden”. Despite being relatively unknown, he fitted the part perfectly, and even had a lot of moments that were unscripted; his performance would eventually earn him a posthumous acting nomination for an Academy Award. He was then cast in “Rebel with a Cause”, which was widely popular among teenagers during the time, because of its representation of teen angst. After his death, the film “Giant” was also released and it starred him alongside Elizabeth Taylor; for this film he would receive a second posthumous Best Actor Academy Award nomination a year later.
For his personal life, it is known that Dean’s life was filled with speculation about his sexual orientation, as reports surfaced that he was intimate with some men. He also dated actresses Beverly Wills, Jeanette Lewis, and Barbara Glenn. His best known relationship was with Italian actress Pier Angeli whom he met while shooting “The Silver Chalice”, and he also dated Liz Sheridan and Ursula Andress. Aside from these, Dean was a well-known racing enthusiast and often competed in racing car events. Ironically, while travelling on US Route 466 on 30 September 1955, Dean’s car collided with another and his vehicle was sent flying to the side of the highway, and he sustained multiple injuries which proved fatal.
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