James Dean

UCLA 1951

Few rebels are so universally admired.

Actor and cultural icon, James Dean is arguably one of the most recognized figures in youth culture, and although he died over a half of a century ago, his influence spans generations. He was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination and is still the only actor to receive two posthumous nominations-a fact made more confounding since he was only in three pictures. From Jay-Z lyrics to art and fashion, his image can still be felt in almost every arena of pop culture to this day. Before he was a legend he was a pre-law major at Santa Monica College, and then he transferred to UCLA and switched his major to drama. While studying, he was cast out of a pool of 350 actors in his first role as Malcolm in Macbeth. It’s here, perhaps, that he found his cause.

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