Ironically, Dean filmed a highway safety commercial with actor Gig Young on the set of Giant (1956) in July 1955. Dean told Young, "I used to fly around quite a bit, took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highway... Now when I drive on the highway, I'm extra cautious."
During his short career, Warner Brothers PR made up a few stories about James' affairs with various starlets.
In 1995, James was chosen as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History by the Empire Magazine. He was 42nd.
After James Dean's death, 10 biographical movies were released based on his life.
James served as a stunt tester for a 1950 TV Series Beat the Clock.
James appeared only in 7 films, of which 4 were uncredited.
His first professional acting job was in a TV commercial for Pepsi.
James attended Santa Monica Junior College and UCLA.
James attended Fairmount High School.
James was in only two plays on Broadway, See the Jaguar in 1952, and The Immortalist in 1954.
According to the Forbes Magazine, James's estate still earns about a $5,000,000 per year.
After his death, James was nominated posthumously twice for an Oscar Award, in 1956 and 1957, for his role in Giant and East of Eden.
A year after his death, James won a Golden Globe Award given posthumously for Best Dramatic Actor.
In 1956, James won a Jussi Award for his performance in a movie titled East of Eden.
James's Star on the Walk of Fame is located at 1719 Vine Street.
His nickname was Jimmy Dean.
He is interred at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana, USA, near his birthplace.
His salary for the 1956 movie Giant was $21,000.
He did not leave a will.
He briefly studied dance.
He was 5 feet, 8 inches tall.
James was one of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. (The other five are: Alan Arkin, Lawrence Tibbett, Orson Welles, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift).
James (when people told him he was too short to be an actor): How can you measure acting in inches?!?
James (to Hedda Hopper): Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, "Wait. Let me see." And above all, you must be honest with yourself.
James: The only greatness for man is immortality.
James: It was an accident, although I've been involved in some kind of theatrical function or other since I was a child – in school, music, athletics. To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves. To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
James: Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
James: There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning. A fish that is in the water has no choice that he is. Genius would have it that we swim in sand. We are fish and we drown.
James: To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
James: (About people) Only the Gentle are truly strong.
James: Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.
James: I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.