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9 Photos That Will Change The Way You See James Dean

One word: leotard.

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This is probably the first image that comes to mind when you imagine James Dean: As Jim Stark, the iconic face of teenage disillusionment, in Rebel Without a Cause.

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The talented actor was handsome...

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...and, of course, brooding.

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1. But, could you imagine him as a dapper kid?

Take notes, everyone. This is how you pull off a fedora.
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Take notes, everyone. This is how you pull off a fedora.

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2. How about as a star high school basketball player?

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3. But basketball wasn't his only athletic pursuit, he also practiced ballet.

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4. He also liked to clown around with his friends, like Marlon Brando.

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5. And also his co-stars, like Rebel Without a Cause's Sal Mineo

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6. ...and his Giant co-star Elizabeth Taylor.

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7. He liked to do silly things while signing autographs!

Kicked out to the curb?
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Kicked out to the curb?

8. He was no stranger to making funny faces for the camera.

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9. And like all of us, he sometimes talked on the phone while going to the bathroom.

Well, most of us wouldn't allow ourselves to be photographed doing it.
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Well, most of us wouldn't allow ourselves to be photographed doing it.