was a consummate actor
and an American heartthrob who got his first acting job in a Pepsi commercial. His employment history also included parking lot attendant and game show stunt tester. What was it about this young man that won the hearts of so many teenagers? His film
portrayal of "teen angst" (East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause)? His charismatic screen presence (Giant)? His early and tragic death (at the age of 24)? Whatever the reason, he quickly became a cult figure, a pop icon, and a Hollywood movie
actor who is still remembered and adored by fans around the world.