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    Updated on May 30, 2019. Posted on May 22, 2013

    16 Things You Might Not Know About James Dean

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

    1. James Dean's two front teeth were fake.

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    He lost them in a trapeze accident (in his family's barn) and had to wear false ones for the rest of his life.

    2. He was extremely near-sighted and could barely see without his glasses.

    3. His favorite book was Antoine de Saint Exupéry's The Little Prince.

    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.

    6. He was an insomniac.

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

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    8. Elizabeth Taylor gave him a Siamese kitten, he named it Marcus (after his uncle).

    9. Marlon Brando was his idol.

    The two reportedly had a romantic (but troubled) relationship.

    10. One of his favorite hobbies was playing the bongos.

    11. James died less than one month before the release of his most well-known and iconic film, Rebel Without a Cause.

    12. Two hours before his fatal accident, James was issued a speeding ticket.

    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.

    14. At the time of his death, James was signed to star in Somebody Up There Likes Me, the role went to Paul Newman and it helped launch his career.

    15. James was the first actor to ever get posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history. He was nominated for Best Actor for his role in East of Eden.

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    He didn't win.

    16. In 1957, James received his second consecutive posthumous Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in Giant.

    He lost again.

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