Definition of James Dean from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


James Dean

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(1931-55) a US actor who has come to represent the popular image of a young person resisting authority. He appeared in only three films, East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956), before being killed in a car accident when Giant was almost finished. Posters (= large printed pictures) of him are still popular, especially with young people.