Sal Mineo

mineo1January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976

Salvatore Mineo, Jr. skyrocketed to stardom in his breakout role as Plato opposite James Dean in 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause. The performance landed the 16 year-old his first  Academy Award nomination. His star continued to rise as he starred alongside Dean for a second time in Giant and in the titular role of The Gene Krupa Story. He also earned a second Academy Award nomination for his role in 1960’s Exodus. The exotic-looking Mineo was quickly typecast as a troubled teen and rarely had the chance to break it. He tried his hand in popular music, recording an album and a handful of singles that were met with modest success. Later in his career, long after it had peaked and began to decline, Mineo made headlines after going public with the fact that he was gay. In 1976, while performing to rave reviews in the play, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Sal was stabbed in the heart returning home by a pizza delivery guy. He was 37.


Gate of Heaven Cemetery– Valhalla, NY

Specific Location

Section 2, Plot 211; Drive up the main road – passing Babe Ruth‘s section on your right – and keep left until you get to Section 2, turn right into Section 2 toward the large stone tower, then take your first right, Sal and his family are buried to your right a little ways down, just past the FORSTMANN mausoleum, in the 3rd row from the curb



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