Sal Mineo

Sal Mineo

Highest Rated: 95% Giant (1956)

Lowest Rated: 0% Krakatoa, East of Java (1969)

Birthday: Jan 10, 1939

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chalkdust Memories Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man Running Jerry Farmer (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry-O Broker (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Rico Nick Rico (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Steal an Airplane Luis Ortega (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Only One Day Left Before Tomorrow Luis Ortega (Character) - 1972
77% 53% Escape From the Planet of the Apes Dr. Milo (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 38% In Search of America Nick (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day Before Tomorrow Luis Ortega (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Challengers Angel de Angelo (Character) - 1970
0% 27% Krakatoa, East of Java Leoncavallo Borghese (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet LSD: Insight or Insanity? Narrator - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranger on the Run George Blaylock (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones Bobby Jack Wilkes (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The World I Want Ernie (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 69% Who Killed Teddy Bear? Lawrence Sherman (Character) - 1965
57% 47% Cheyenne Autumn Red Shirt (Character) - 1964
87% 90% The Longest Day Pvt. Martini (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 50% Escape From Zahrain Ahmed (Character) - 1962
63% 69% Exodus Dov Landau (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Private's Affair Luigi J. Maresi (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 62% The Gene Krupa Story Gene Krupa (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 71% Tonka White Bull (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Don't Cry Leslie "Les" Henderson (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rock, Pretty Baby Angelo Barrato (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dino Dino Minetta (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 37% Crime in the Streets Angelo "Baby" Gioia (Character) - 1956
83% 86% Somebody Up There Likes Me Romolo (Character) - 1956
95% 87% Giant Angel Obregon II (Character) $183.9K 1956
94% 88% Rebel Without a Cause John "Plato" Crawford (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Bridges to Cross Jerry as a boy (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 44% The Private War of Major Benson Cadet Col. Sylvester Dusik (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Rachman Habib (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Surgeon Jimmy (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Stippy (Character) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Mort Downes (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1966 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Tommy Angelo (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Guest Star) 1956

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