James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was a two-time Oscar-nominated American film actor and pop-culture icon. His career rose meteorically and ended abruptly with his death in an automobile accident.
Originally considered nothing but a pretty face, Dean gradually matured in his acting style as his career progressed. He would later play the lead in a movie about a doctor who revived patients who had been comatose for decades, and who had to acclimate themselves to the presence of the Race on Earth. After that he had a talk show, and he also starred in Rescuing Private Renfall.