Though James Dean only had three leading roles, his dark yet appealing talent brought him two Oscar nominations and generations of fans. This documentary features the actor's first and last screen appearances, as well as footage from his TV roles and trailers from his films.
Although his life abruptly ended decades ago at just 24 years old, James Dean remains one of the world's most beloved and celebrated Hollywood icons.
The two-time Award-nominated actor's enduring fame and popularity rests on just three roles as leading man (only one of which was released prior to his death), but the brooding Dean - the personification of restless mid-'50s American youth - also appeared in four other films and on popular television shows of the era.
It was just 1,734 days from Dean's first on-screen appearance to his death. James Dean: The Fast Lane is an unprecedented and comprehensive look at the little-known aspects of the legendary star's spectacularly brief career. Includes rarely seen footage of his on-air debut at just 19 years old, a 1950 commercial for Pepsi, as well as his final work, ironically a 1955 highway safety PSA filmed just 13 days before he died behind the wheel of his Porsche 550 Spyder.
Also includes 10 television appearances (1951-54) on episodes of Armstrong's Circle Theatre, Campbell Soundstage, Family Theater, General Electric Theater, Kraft Television Theater, Tales of Tomorrow and Westinghouse Studio One; and movie trailers from Fixed Bayonets (1951), Has Anyone Seen My Gal (1952), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956).