Young James Dean (1930s-1940s)

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, Giantcame 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.

Young James Dean as a baby, child and teen

See The Supremes ask: Where did our love go? (1964)

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