That’s because Dean decided to study drama instead, which caused tension with his father. However, the student then left college in 1951 to take up acting full-time, a decision which would set him on a path to unprecedented stardom.
That year, Dean landed the role of John the Beloved Apostle in the TV special Hill Number One. Soon after the actor bagged three walk-on roles in the movies Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, Fixed Bayonets! and Sailor Beware.
From there, Dean moved to New York where he landed parts on a number of CBS TV series including Lux Video Theatre and Studio One. He was then accepted to the prestigious Actors Studio drama school. Famous for it’s method acting style, the school counted Marlon Brando among its alumni.