James Dean is killed in a car accident near Cholame, California, 1955. The star of East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956) was born in 1931 in Fairmount, Indiana, and got his first acting gig in a Coke commercial. He played small parts in Sailor Beware (1952), Fixed Bayonets! (1951) and Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952). “I think I am going to make it.” the actor said early in his career, “because, on one hand, I am like [Montgomery] Clift saying ‘Help me’ and, on the other hand, I am Brando saying, 'Screw you!'…and somewhere in between is 'James Dean.'” On September 30, 1955, Dean received a speeding ticket while driving his Porsche Spyder in San Luis Obispo County, California. A couple of hours later, near the town of Cholame, Dean collided with another vehicle and was killed instantly. He was 24 and became the only actor to receive two posthumous Academy Award nominations.