Sunday, January 8, 2012

James Dean As Jett!

Throughout my entire lifetime, people have often asked, "Where does your name come from?"
My first name, Jett, comes from the name Jett Rink, a character James Dean portrayed in the 1956 movie, "Giant", which also starred Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor in an epic tale of a multi-generational Texas cattle baron family led by Hudson and Taylor. "Giant" was the last of James Dean's three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second and last Academy Award nomination – he was tragically killed in a car accident before the film was released. Nick Adams was called in to do some voice-over dubbing for Dean's role.
Following his untimely death, Dean was nominated for two Oscars – one for "Giant" and one for "Rebel Without A Cause". In 2005, the film "Giant" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".