The Postal Service honored actor James Dean with the issuance of a 32-cent commemorative stamp, in a pane of twenty, on June 24, 1996, in Burbank, California. This was the second stamp issued in the Legends of Hollywood Series.
Designed by Michael Deas of New Orleans, Louisiana, the stamp portrays Dean, based on an image from a photograph taken by Roy Schatt in 1954. Michael Deas also designed the Marilyn Monroe and Tennessee Williams stamps.
Actor James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana. During his brief career, he quickly became a teen idol because his work spoke for the youth of the 1950s. He starred in only three movies: "East of Eden (1954)," "Rebel Without a Cause (1955)," and "Giant (1955)," before his untimely death in a car crash on September 30, 1955, near Cholame, California. Both "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" were released after his death.
Stamp Venturers, Inc., printed the stamp using the gravure process.
Postal Bulletin (May 23, 1996).