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Sal Mineo

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with tags , on May 5, 2014 by Cade

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. Continue reading

Babe Ruth

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with tags , , on April 13, 2013 by Cade


February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948

Look, I hate the Yankees.  I have hated the Yankees my whole life.  I HATE, hate them. Hate.

But, George Herman Ruth transcends mere pinstripes.  He is perhaps the most famous baseball player of all time.  Brandishing nicknames like “The Great Bambino,” “The Sultan of Swat” and – most simply and memorably – “Babe,” he dominated the game for 20 years. Continue reading

James Cagney

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with tags , on March 9, 2013 by Cade


July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986

No matter how much I want it to be true, James Cagney was not a gangster in real life.  In fact, he was more light-hearted comedian and dancing showman than cold-blooded criminal.  But, whatever, I like the version of the ultimate mobster in my head better.

Either way, Cagney was a showman.  He showed his range throughout his career on stage (Vaudeville and Broadway) and in films.  He even tried to sing a time or two. Continue reading