Remembering King of Cool, James Dean

The star of such hits as "Rebel Without a Cause" and "East of Eden," died in a car crash on a California highway Sept., 30, 1955. Do you have a favorite Dean film?

On Sept. 30, 1955, the king of cool, actor James Dean died in a car crash at the age of 24 on a California highway, according to Bio.com.

Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed "Little Bastard," headed to a car race in Salinas, CA, with his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich, when they were involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by a 23-year-old college student named Donald Turnaspeed.

Dean was taken to Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m. Wuetherich, who was thrown from the car, survived the accident and Turnaspeed escaped with minor injuries. No charges were ever filed against him.

Do you have a favorite Dean movie? Tell us in comments.

You can rent any of his flicks at the local Blockbuster and pick up books about him at the Laguna Niguel Library.

Mikey Mistersunsetboulevard September 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
He'll always be a Hollywood icon and Hollywood's leading man!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) September 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Mikey: Agree, can't even think of anyone who comes close today!


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