7. James Dean
James Dean was one of the first of a new breed of rebellious, Hollywood heartthrobs. Young boys idolized the young actor and girls and women alike admired his handsome looks. Dean’s star rose fast and his full talent was never realized because he starred in just three major movies before his death. Those movies included “Rebel Without a Cause,” “East of Eden,” and “Giant.”
A few weeks after filming a public service announcement encouraging young drivers to “take it easy out there,” Dean was killed in his Porsche Spyder when he collided head on with Ford Tour Coupe. Dean’s left foot was crushed beneath the brake pedal, his neck broken, and several internal organs damaged. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearest hospital on September 30, 1955.