He enjoyed success as a stage director and a recording artist, but he is mostly remembered for his performance in a single film and for the brutal murder that ended his life just as he was on the verge of reinventing himself and his career. He was a good singer, and especially good-looking in a business where looks counted for a lot. He might have had a hit making career as a musician, except for those pesky gay rumors.
Death deprived him of the chance. But more than 30 years after his shocking murder, the actor is poised to regain a measure of his former prominence, courtesy of a new book, and the designs of a young Hollywood star. He was a new kind of actor.
Actor Sal Mineo, 37, was tragically stabbed to death outside his West Hollywood apartment 40 years ago on Feb. The good looking, dark curly haired Sicilian with deeply passionate eyes starred in several movies and then later on television. He even enjoyed a short stint as a teen idol singer with several top hits.
He remembers liking Mineo — in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant — and having a peripheral recognition of who he was. His second introduction of Mineo was at Playhouse West, an acting school Lauren attended, and where the curriculum included Mineo films. Mineo was years-old when he was murdered in front of his Hollywood apartment, which became fodder for tabloids of the day because of his known homosexuality.
Sal Mineo was an actor, director, and singer who was murdered near his home in West Hollywood in at the young age of Mineo was born in into a family of Italian immigrants living in the Bronx. His breakthrough role, which also garnered him an Academy Award nomination, came in when he played Plato Crawford in Rebel Without a Causeopposite to James Dean.
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Les Fabian Brathwaite. Filmmakers still managed to get around the Code, but gay characters were cloaked in innuendo, leading to some necessary decoding. From a queer and queer-friendly cast and a bisexual director to a possible on-set same-sex affair and the aforementioned pioneering gay teen, Rebel remains one of the most important films in the queer film canon. Time has not been kind to Rebel Without a Cause.
The Switchblade Kid got stabbed in the heart. Sounds like the start of a Tom Waits song. Right there.
I remember this name more as a teenage 'heart-throb' officially to girls only, of course when he had just the one moderate chart hit here in '57 'Start Movin'while I was hardly aware at all of his film appearances, they being far overshadowed, even now, by the Dean legend. Reading of his death it doesn't ring any bells, a reflection of how far he had by that time fallen away from the consciousness of the general public, though doubtlessly well remembered by theatre aficionados. Post a Comment. By the early s, he was becoming too old to play the type of role that had made him famous, and his rumoured homosexuality led to his being considered inappropriate for leading roles.