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Celebs to Visit James Dean Fest

Martin Sheen and Dennis Hopper (search) will be among the celebrities visiting Indiana to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of James Dean.

The James Dean Fest (search) is scheduled for June 3 through June 5 at the airport in Marion, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Included on the festival schedule, released by organizers Tuesday, is the American premiere of a documentary on Dean's life, "James Dean: Forever Young," (search) narrated by Sheen.

Sheen, who stars in NBC's "The West Wing," has said he was inspired to become an actor after watching Dean's performance in the film "East of Eden."

He will introduce the new documentary, which will be shown on June 4.

Organizers had wanted to show Dean's movies on the Fairmount farm where he grew up, but the plans outgrew the farm. Warner Bros. moved the event to Marion, where Dean was born.

Dean died Sept. 30, 1955, in a car crash in Cholame, Calif. He was 24.

Dean's three movies, "Giant," "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without a Cause," also will be shown during the three-day festival. The films will be introduced by actors who co-starred with Dean.

"They're going to talk about the movies, they're going to be in the VIP tent, they're going to be doing some signatures," said Israel Baron, one of the event's organizers. "They're going to have different venues they will be attending."