James Dean | A birthday tribute in pictures

The iconic actor would have celebrated his 87th birthday today.


Long before Chris Hemsworth and Zac Efron were swooning teenage hearts across cinema screens, Hollywood actor James Dean was on the mind of many a young man (and woman) as the poster boy next store.

Tragically, the star’s life was cut dramatically short in a car accident when he was just 24, but the ill-fated young star but cemented his enduring presence throughout popular culture with just three movies: Rebel Without A Cause, East of Eden and Giant. Of course, his sexuality has long since been debated, but he's always had a special place in the heart of the LGBT community after reportedly saying that he wouldn't "go through life with one hand tied behind [his] back."

To mark what would have been his 87th birthday on Thursday (February 8), we have put together a little collection of the best James Dean images around. Enjoy!

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