One of the most iconic young actors of his generation, James Dean only appeared in a handful of films before his 1955 death after a car accident, when he was just 24 years old. However, the films he did make, including Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, and East of Eden.
Dean may not have won a competitive Golden Globe, but thanks to his stunning performance in East of Eden, the HFPA honored the late actor anyway, shortly after his death. In 1956, the Golden Globes rewarded Dean with a Special Achievement Award for his turn in East of Eden, and the following year, they named him as the recipient as the World Film Favorites Award for Giant. Dean left behind a legacy as one of the world’s most beloved movie stars, and clearly, the Golden Globes took notice.