Corey Allen, who fatally challenged James Dean to a “chicken race” in the 1955 film classic “Rebel Without a Cause” before embarking on a career as a prolific TV director, died of natural causes in Hollywood on Sunday, two days before his 76th birthday.
Allen was briefly the last surviving member of the “Rebel” main cast. He played Buzz Gunderson, one of the pic’s antagonistic tough guys in a leather jacket.
Allen turned to directing in 1969, and collected an Emmy Award for a 1983 episode of “Hill Street Blues” after being nominated for another series episode two years earlier. In all, he shot about 80 TV episodes and 20 TV movies.