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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