Sal Mineo

Sal Mineo

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.

1950
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.

1955
Appears in the film Six Bridges to Cross with Tony Curtis.

1955
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.”

1956
Is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Rebel Without a Cause.

1957
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.

1959
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.

1960
Stars in the film Exodus.

1961
Wins a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Exodus.

1964
Plays a stalker in Who Killed Teddy Bear?

1971
Plays the role of Dr. Milo in Escape from the Planet of the Apes.

1973
Stars in Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On.

1976
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.

1979
Lionel Ray Williams is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for Mineo’s murder.

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