15 Iconic Hollywood Actors You Didn’t Know Mentored Your Favorite Stars

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James Dean and Dennis Hopper

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James Dean died at such a young age that it’s hard to imagine him mentoring anyone else. On the set of Rebel Without a Cause, though, James got a chance to impart some wisdom to one of his young co-stars, Dennis Hopper.

“I thought I was the best young actor in the world,” Hopper said. “Then I met James Dean. I’d never seen acting like that before. He was way over my head.” Eventually, Dennis approached James to ask him how he delivered such tremendous performances. James said that it was all about being in the moment, and that advice forever changed Dennis’s approach to acting.

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