James Dean’s 85th Birthday Today

Film legend and Grant County native James Dean would have turned 85 today and his birthday was remembered over the weekend.


The film legend was born in Marion, but grew up in Fairmount, graduated from high school there and is buried there today.  He died in a California car accident in 1955 when he was just 25-years old.


About two dozen fans, friends and family members gathered in Fairmount Saturday night to mark the anniversary of Dean’s birth…which is marked today by a new monument in downtown Marion at the site of the Seven Gables Apartment House where he was born.


Thousands come to Grant County each year to take part in the James Dean Festival, which celebrates the film legend.