Sal Mineo

Actor, Singer
After starting his career in a three-year stint in the Broadway musical "The King and I," actor Sal Mineo was propelled into teen idol stardom thanks to his portrayal of the damaged, love-starved best friend of James ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1939 in Harlem, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Milo (Actor)

The Challengers 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Eighty Steps to Jonah 1969 (Movie)

Jerry Taggart (Actor)

Krakatoa, East of Java 1969 (Movie)

Leoncavallo (Actor)

Mona McCluskey 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Uriah (Actor)

Who Killed Teddy Bear? 1965 (Movie)

Lawrence (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Red Shirt (Actor)

Escape From Zahrain 1962 (Movie)

Ahmed (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Jimmy Durante 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

Dov Landau (Actor)

The Gene Krupa Story 1959 (Movie)

Gene Krupa (Actor)

A Private's Affair 1958 (Movie)

Luigi Maresi (Actor)

Tonka 1958 (Movie)

White Bull (Actor)

Dino 1957 (Movie)

Dino (Actor)

Crime in the Streets 1956 (Movie)

Baby Gioia (Actor)

Giant 1956 (Movie)

Angel Obregon III (Actor)

Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 (Movie)

Romolo (Actor)

Rebel Without a Cause 1955 (Movie)

Plato (Actor)

Six Bridges to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Jerry--as a Boy (Actor)

The Private War of Major Benson 1955 (Movie)

Cadet Colonel Dusik (Actor)

How to Steal an Airplane (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of America (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on the Run (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Rico (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After starting his career in a three-year stint in the Broadway musical "The King and I," actor Sal Mineo was propelled into teen idol stardom thanks to his portrayal of the damaged, love-starved best friend of James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955). The role turned the young Mineo into a major star and helped make a career for the actor playing troubled, violence-prone youths throughout the remainder of the decade. Though he disappointed fans with his small part in "Giant" (1956), Mineo earned considerable acclaim - as well as the nickname "The Switchblade Kid" - for his role in "Crime in the Streets" (1956). He went on to earn critical kudos for leading roles in "Dino" (1957) and "The Gene Krupa Story" (1958), before reaching the pinnacle of his young career with his Golden Globe-winning performance as a militant Zionist in "Exodus" (1960). But almost immediately following that success, Mineo's career went off a cliff, as the actor struggled to transition from teen idol into more adult roles, leading to being cast as stereotypical hoods or in ethnic parts belying his Sicilian heritage. He was lost amidst all-star casts in epics like "The Longest Day" (1962) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965), while losing fans over his stalker role in the low-budget thriller "Who Killed Teddy Bear?" (1964). Mineo was barely recognizable beneath mountains of ape makeup in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" (1971), which in retrospect turned out to be his final film role. Mineo had made several small screen appearances and returned to the stage, seemingly poised for a comeback following good notices for "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead," when the actor was stabbed to death in a robbery gone bad. Despite his career bottoming out in the 1960s, Mineo had nonetheless cemented his reputation as a teen idol worthy of remembrance.

Relationships

Josephine Mineo

Mother

Jill Haworth

Companion
appeared together in "Exodus"

H Jeffers

Companion
had on and off relationship with Mineo published a biography of the actor in 2000

Salvatore Mineo

Father
born in Sicily

Michael Mineo

Brother
born c. 1938

Victor Mineo

Brother
born c. 1936

Sarina Mineo

Sister
born c. 1942

EDUCATION

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

St Mary's Parochial School

Bronx , New York

studied acting with Claudia Franck in NYC; trained in "The Method"

Milestones

1976

Played a bisexual burglar in the black comedy "P.S. Your Cat is Dead" in San Francisco; died just before the play was to open in L.A.

1975

Appeared on episodes of "S.W.A.T." and "Columbo"

1970

Featured in last movie role "Escape from the Planet of the Apes"

1968

Acted in "Krakatoa, East of Java"

1968

Directed the prison drama "Fortune and Men's Eyes" in New York and L.A., starring a then-unknown Don Johnson in the lead

1966

Made TV-movie debut in " The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones" (ABC)

1965

Starred in the low-budget, suspense flick "Who Killed Teddy Bear?"

1965

Had small part in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

1964

Directed by John Ford in "Cheyenne Autumn"

1963

Formed Sal Mineo Productions

1962

Had featured role in "The Longest Day"

1962

Starred with Yul Brynner in the poorly received "Escape from Zahrain"

1961

Received second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in "Exodus"; reunited with Newman

1959

Played the title role in "The Gene Krupa Story"

1957

Recreated TV role in film adaptation of "Dino"; starred in title role as a juvenile delinquent

1957

Attempted to launch singing career with release of two singles and an album

1957

Acted opposite Paul Newman in "Somebody Up There Likes Me"; Dean was originally cast as Rocky Graziano, but died before filming began; Newman then got the part

1956

Re-teamed with Dean for the epic "Giant", co-starring Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson

1956

Played teen thug in the drama "Crime in the Streets"

1955

Film debut in "Six Bridges to Cross" opposite Tony Curtis

1955

Appeared in "The Private War of Major Benson"

1955

Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his heart-wrenching performance as Plato in the teen angst classic "Rebel Without a Cause", starring James Dean and Natalie Wood

1952

Took over the role of the crown prince in "The King and I"; played over 900 performances (dates approximate)

1951

Understudied the role of the crown prince in "The King and I", starring Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence (date approximate)

1950

Cast in Tennessee Williams' play "The Rose Tattoo" on Broadway; was paid $65 a week for saying one line--"The goat is in the yard"

1949

"Discovered" by a talent scout while playing sandlot baseball in The Bronx

1948

Moved to the Bronx from Harlem when he was nine years old

Appeared in the Broadway production of "The Dinosaur Wharf"

Made directorial debut with the play "End as a Man" at the Canal-Fulton Playhouse in Ohio

Acted in the NBC sitcom "Mona McCluskey"

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