James Dean would have turned 86 this year

He exuded a sex appeal that spawned today’s flock of leading men. James Franco, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dane DeHaan all credit James Dean as inspirations. Today, Dean would have been 86 years old had he not died in a tragic car accident.

Jimmy Dean all but defined a generation. Although he died too soon, at 24, he left a legacy that would span a lifetime. His sexuality was the subject of speculation, as there were numerous rumors about the romantic encounters of his life, some immortalized in films such as Joshua Tree, 1951 potrait of James Dean

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