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Sal Mineo (1939-1976)

Rebel Without a Cause, Giant.

Stabbed to death outside his West Hollywood, California, apartment on February 12, 1976. He was 37.


  • Made Broadway debut, at age 11, in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo.
  • Nominated, at age 17, for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1955's Rebel Without a Cause. Nominated in same category again for 1960 epic, Exodus. (Won the Golden Globe for the latter film.)
  • Film career famously/infamously fell off cliff following second Oscar nomination.
  • Played chimp astronaut in 1971's Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
  • Reportedly romantically linked with Rebel/Giant costar James Dean.
  • Lionel Ray Williams convicted of Mineo's murder in 1979. Motive said to be robbery. Williams paroled in 1990.

    Sightings (submitted by you, the fans):

  • The Mystery of Mineo
    "Sometime around 1970 or 1971 when I was 4 or 5, I allegedly rode in an elevator with Sal Mineo at a beach hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. Of course, I do not remember the encounter, but it's what my mother told me. I remember having a magazine that he signed in my bookcase, so maybe it's true." (Posted: May 2006)


  • Sal Mineo: His Life, Murder and Mystery
  • Sal Mineo: The Movie
  • Sal Mineo Official Website
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