Corey Allen who fatally challenged James Dean in “Rebel Without A Cause” Dies at 75

Corey Allen, June 29, 1934 – June 27, 2010, actor turned director of television shows and movies, has died in Hollywood, California of natural causes. He was just short of his 76th birthday.

As tough guy Buzz Gunderson in “Rebel Without a Cause,” Corey Allen was the last surviving cast member of the 1955 film classic, playing the fatal loser of the “chicken race” against James Dean.

In a switch up from acting, Allen turned to television, directing numerous series and movies throughout the 70s and 80s. Credits include such shows as ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ ‘Ironside,’ ‘Lou Grant,’ ‘The Rockford Files’ and ‘Magnum, P.I.’ to name only a few.

Throughout his career, Corey Allen worked on 80 TV episodes and 20 TV movies including winning an Emmy for a 1983 episode of ‘Hill Street Blues.’