Black and white profile view photograph of James Dean in a cowboy hat on a silver background
Actor James Dean was one of the leading men in the 1956 film Giant. He acted alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in the film that took place in Texas from the 1920s till after World War II. James Dean's character, Jett Rink, struck it rich after finding oil on his plot of land, and had previously been employed as a farm hand for Rock Hudson's character, Jordan Benedict, Jr. The film uses thematic elements such as racial discrimination and war. This was the last film James Dean acted in before being killed in a car accident. He passed away before the release of the film.