"Rebel Without a Cause" actor Corey Allen dies

Actor Corey Allen attends the press conference for James Dean's 50th Anniversary Year at Pacific Theaters at The Grave on February 8, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
Actor Corey Allen attends the press conference for James Dean's 50th Anniversary Year at Pacific Theaters at The Grave on February 8, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images

Corey Allen, who played the high school gang leader who gets in a knife fight with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause," has died. He was 75.

Family spokesman Mickey Cottrell says Allen died at his Hollywood home on Sunday.

Allen played Buzz Gunderson in the 1955 movie. His character loses a knife fight with Dean's and dies when his stolen car plunges off a cliff during a "chicken run" challenge.

Allen had a number of other TV and film roles before turning to television directing in 1969. In 1984, he won an Emmy for directing an episode of "Hill Street Blues."

He also directed the two-hour pilot for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as well as episodes of that series and the 1990 follow up, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

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