Posted on January 12, 2015
Jan. 10, 1939
Salvatore Mineo, Jr. is born in the Bronx to Josephine Mineo and Sal Mineo, Sr. His father is a coffin maker from Sicily.
Mineo’s first stage appearance, at the age of 11, is in a Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo with Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach.
Appears in the film Six Bridges to Cross with Tony Curtis.
Stars in Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean and Natalie Wood. After the film is released, Mineo is mobbed on a regular basis by female fans. This phenomenon is dubbed “Mineo Mania.”
Is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Rebel Without a Cause.
Mineo releases two rock ‘n’ roll singles: “Start Movin’ (In My Direction)” finds a home on the Top 40 in the U.S. for 13 weeks. “Lasting Love” stays on the Top 40 for 3 weeks and goes as high as #27. The subsequent album sells over a million copies.
Bob Hope jokes on his TV show: “No school tomorrow kids. It’s Sal Mineo’s birthday. All those in the Bronx can stay home.” The following day, Bronx schools report record absences.
Stars in the film Exodus.
Wins a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Exodus.
Plays a stalker in Who Killed Teddy Bear?
Plays the role of Dr. Milo in Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
Stars in Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On.
Plays a gay burglar in the San Francisco run of the play, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead.
Feb. 12, 1976
Returning from rehearsal for P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Mineo is stabbed in an alley behind a West Hollywood apartment building and dies at the age of 37.
Lionel Ray Williams is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for Mineo’s murder.