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James Dean
 Roles turned down by James Dean:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Dean was set to play the role of Brick but died before production.
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman

The Cobweb
Dean was scheduled to play psychiatric patient "Steven Holte" in director Vincente Minnelli's all-star drama.
Actor who got the part: John Kerr

King Creole
King Creole was originally intended for James Dean - minus the singing. After Dean's tragic passing, the role was eventually played by Elvis.
Actor who got the part: Elvis Presley

The Left Handed Gun
Dean was to star, but he died before shooting began.
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman

Oklahoma!
Dean was considered for the ranch hand hero, "Curly" in director Fred Zinnemann's prestigious film version of the landmark Broadway musical.
Actor who got the part: Gordon MacRae

Somebody Up There Likes Me
Dean had been signed to play fighter Rocky Graziano, but was killed in a car crash.
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman






Did you know that James Dean was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
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