James Byron Dean was born on February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana. In 24 short years, he cemented his status as a cultural icon — and the legend of James Dean still endures nearly sixty years since his death in 1955.
His career really started and stopped all at once — East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause were both released the year he died, and the last movie he filmed, Giant, came out the following year.
But before he was an actor, he was just a regular kid. Here, check out some pictures of cute little Jimmy from babyhood up to his early teen years.