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16 Things You Might Not Know About James Dean

The iconic actor's death actually helped launch the career of another legendary actor.

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4. James briefly dated Liz Sheridan, who is best known for her role as Helen, Jerry’s mother on Seinfeld.

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She wrote the book, Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story, about their relationship.

5. His first professional acting job was in a Pepsi commercial.

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He was paid $10 for the commercial.

7. Billie Holiday's "When Your Lover Has Gone" was his favorite song.

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13. James was not driving alone when he got into the accident, his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich was in the passenger seat. Rolf suffered serious head injuries and a broken leg, but survived the crash.

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