The cover star of Bigmouth Strikes Again.
Morrissey wrote James Dean Is Not Dead in 1981.
Image used as a backdrop circa 2007-2008:
A Morrissey & Dean montage was used as a backdrop in 2019, using a still from Rebel Without A Cause (1955). Morrissey replaces Corey Allen in the image:
Image used as backdrop during "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" in 2022. James Dean on The Stu Erwin Show (S2.E8 Jackie Knows All, Dec. 7, 1951).
Image used on a Crew shirt - observed on 3rd leg of 2022 tour (at The Magnolia):
- Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI 2006-2007 Pre-show Tracks
- Greatest Hits Tour 2007-2008 Pre-show Tracks
- All The Best Ones Are Dead - true-to-you.net (March 18, 2016)
- The Interview. A LARKS' TONGUE IN APRIL. - Morrissey Central (June 24, 2019)
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956). After his death in a car crash on September 30, 1955, Dean became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in East of Eden. Upon receiving a second nomination for his role in Giant the following year, Dean became the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star of Golden Age Hollywood in AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list.