James Dean was truly a phenom. He was in only three films, died nearly sixty years ago, yet remains an instantly recognizable and still missed star. Here he is wearing his famous red jacket from Rebel Without A Cause (Warner Bros, 1955).
This wonderful rendition was done by Demetrie Kabbaz, whose artistic talent is well-received, and whose portraits are being sold for thousands of dollars.
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
Size: 48 by 48 inches.
Signed and Dated: Lower right - "Kabbaz/87."
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rest on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles.
Dean's premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status. He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star on their American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Stars" list.
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