James Dean moved into a fifth-floor walkup at 19 West 68th Street in 1953, right before he was cast in starring roles in "East of Eden," "Rebel Without A Cause," and "Giant," according to The Selvedge Yard. The studio apartment was miniscule, with just enough room for a bed, built in desk and a hot plate. The young actor didn't even have a private bath, and instead used a communal bathroom in the hallway.
Photos of Dean taken by Dennis Stock for LIFE magazine show the young actor inside his NYC home, amongst the many books and records with which he surrounded himself. Check out the photos below the link to see inside the studio the iconic actor once called home.