YMMV / James Dean

  • Harsher in Hindsight: He starred in a road safety ad shortly before he died. At the end of the segment, instead of the usual saying "The life you save may be your own," he ad-libs "The life you save may be mine."
  • Ho Yay: With Paul Newman as seen here and Marlon Brando.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: He starred in only three Hollywood films and died in a tragic car crash shortly after finishing the third one, but his performances in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause (especially the latter) pretty much defined the "misunderstood bad-boy teen" image of the era.
  • Too Cool to Live: The guy died in his prime. God rest his soul.