James Dean is one of popular culture's greatest icons. He was the archetypal Hollywood rebel who lived fast and died tragically young at the age of just twenty-four. Dean's starring roles included East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant, but his reputation as an actor and a man surpassed his short film career. In this definitive biography, Ray Connolly, David Puttnam and Sandy Lieberson trace the enigma that was James Dean. Using a combination of exclusive interviews with Dean's contemporaries and footage from his films and life, James Dean: The First American Teenager follows Dean from his humble upbringing on a farm, to Hollywood super-stardom.