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November 27, 2015

Rare and Amazing Photos of James Dean as a Kid in the 1930s and 1940s

James Byron Dean was born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana, to Winton Dean and Mildred Wilson. Dean’s father left farming to become a dentist and moved the family to Santa Monica, California, where Dean attended Brentwood Public School.

Several years later, Dean’s mother, whom he was very close to, died of cancer, and Dean’s father sent him back to Indiana to live on his aunt and uncle’s Quaker farm. During this time, Dean sought counsel from his pastor, the Rev. James DeWeerd, who influenced his later interest in car racing and theater. The two formed an intimate relationship that is rumored to have been sexual.

In 1949, Dean graduated from high school and moved back to California. He attended Santa Monica City College for a time, but eventually transferred to University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in theater.

James Dean had a short-lived but intense acting career that began in 1952 and ended tragically with his death in September 1955. After his death he became a cult figure (a legendary person), and fans have marveled for decades at his ability to duplicate their adolescent (teenage) agony on screen. Here, below are some of rare and interesting photos of James Dean when he was a kid...

James Dean as a baby in Marion, Indiana in 1931.

James Dean as a child in 1932.

James Dean as a child in Marion, Indiana in 1933.

James Dean plays with his cousin on his Aunt and Uncles farm circa 1935 in Fairmount, Indiana.

James Dean as a child in Los Angeles, circa 1938.

James Dean as a child circa 1938 in Los Angeles, California.

Dean plays on his aunt and uncle's farm in Fairmount, Indiana, c.1943.

Dean poses for the camera with his younger cousin on his aunt and uncle's farm in Fairmount, Indiana, c.1944.

Dean poses in his Fairmount High Quakers basketball uniform, c. 1948.

James Dean poses for a portrait circa 1948.

(Images: Getty Images)


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