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James Dean

1931 - 1955

 
 
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By Volker Schmidt, June 3, 2009
1. James Dean Marker
Inscription. Key scenes from the classic motion picture "Rebel Without a Cause" were filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Spring 1955. Although many movies have been filmed at Griffith Observatory, "Rebel Without a Cause"was the first to portray the Observatory as what it is and to contribute positively to the Observatory's International reputation. This monument acknowledges Griffith Observatory's long and continuous involvement with Hollywood film production by remembering the young star of that motion picture.
James Dean

(On second plaque:)
1931 James Dean 1955
This is not a monument to a rebel, those were only rolls he played. James Dean was an American original who on a basis of high school honors and a period of five years time rose to the very pinnacle of the theatrical profession and through the magic of motion pictures lives on in legend.
Presented in 1988 by the artist Kenneth Kendall who sculpted it in 1955-1956 at the request of James Dean and dedicates it to his memory. It ended with his body changed to light a star burns forever in that sky "The Flight of Quetzalcoatl" Aztec Poem
 
Location. 34° 7.113′ N, 118° 18.039′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles
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By Mike Stroud, October 2000
2. James Dean Marker
Sculptor: Kenneth Kendall,approx. 17 in. x 1 ft. x 1 ft.; Base: approx. H. 5 ft.
Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Control Number: IAS CA000437
County. Marker can be reached from East Obseratory Ave., on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. On the west grounds of the Griffith Observatory. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 East Observatory Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs (approx. 1.3 miles away); William Mulholland (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby (approx. 1.9 miles away); Site of Warner Pacific Theatre (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Honorable Edmund D. Edelman (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hattie McDaniel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Special Delivery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of the Pig' N Whistle (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding James Dean. Presented by the artist to the City of Los Angeles in 1988. James Dean (1931-1955) was a film actor. Dean approached the artist in January 1955, to request the sculpture.
 
Also see . . .
1. James Dean. Internet Movie Database (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Griffith Observatory History. (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. James Dean, From Wikipedia
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By Volker Schmidt, August 27, 2012
3. James Dean Marker
. He was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Submitted on June 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Griffith Observatory
The observatory was featured in a number of scenes in the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause; a bust of James Dean was subsequently placed at the west side of the grounds. It has appeared in several movies:

Rebel without a Cause •
The Terminator (revisited as a ruin in 2009's Terminator Salvation) •
Dragnet (1987) •
The Rocketeer •
The End of Violence •
Midnight Madness •
Bowfinger •
Flesh Gordon •
War of the Colossal Beast •
The People vs. Larry Flint •
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle •
House on Haunted Hill (1999 remake) •
Queen of the Damned •
Transformers (2007 live-action film) •
Yes Man •
Earth Girls Are Easy •
Television •
The Observatory has appeared in episodes of the following TV shows:

24 (Day 1 3:00pm-4:00pm; aired on March 19, 2002) •
Adventures of Superman (first episode, as Jor-El's laboratory on Superman's home planet Krypton; some other episodes, as the Metropolis observatory.) •
Angel (episode "Are You Now
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By Volker Schmidt, August 27, 2012
4. James Dean Marker
or Have You Ever Been," with Angel wearing a red jacket in homage to James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause character). •
Beverly Hills, 90210 ("Rebel with a Cause", episode 13) •
CHiPs •
Danny Phantom (The Amity Park Observatory modeled on The Griffith Observatory.) •
MacGyver (pilot episode) •
Mission: Impossible (opening pilot episode) •
Moonlight •
Quantum Leap (Goodbye Norma Jean) •
Remington Steele •
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger •
Star Trek: Voyager (two-part episode "Future's End") •
The Man from U.N.C.L.E •
The New Adventures of Wonder Woman between 1977 and 1979. •
The Simpsons (duplicated as Springfield Observatory) •
The Wonder Years. •
Other media •
Was a filming location for the music video for "Rush Rush" by Paula Abdul which starred Keanu Reeves and was directed by Stefan Wόrnitzer. This video was based on Rebel Without a Cause.
    — Submitted June 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
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Griffith Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 2000
5. Griffith Observatory
James Dean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Volker Schmidt, August 27, 2012
6. James Dean Marker
James Dean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Volker Schmidt, August 27, 2012
7. James Dean Marker
Griffith Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2000
8. Griffith Observatory
Looking towards downtown L.A. from the Griffith Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2000
9. Looking towards downtown L.A. from the Griffith Observatory
The Hollywood sign as seen from the Griffith Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2000
10. The Hollywood sign as seen from the Griffith Observatory
with the famous LA smog hanging in the air
Our solar system at Griffith Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Volker Schmidt, May 1, 2009
11. Our solar system at Griffith Observatory
A scale model of our solar system crosses the observatory’s sidewalks. The real solar system is 110 billion times larger. In this model, one foot equals roughly 20 million miles.
 
 
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