I just finished watching the "Life of James Dean" just now before logging on. James Dean went to the Actors Studio in NYC and was a classmate with Marlon Brandon at that same time being taught by Lee Strausburg.
James Dean died in 1955 in a head on side swipe collision and was DOA at the hospital. A few weeks before Dean made an uncharacteristic Public Safety Announcement with Gig Young on driver safety for teens. When asked at the end of the interview what advice he might give to them he said, "Be careful out there and drive safe. The life you save might just be my own." -- J.E. Ante