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He is remembered by most as a teen star who never lasted in a tough business. But he made more than 20 films and tried his hand on Broadway in a career cut short by tragedy. Sal Mineo was a major star who has become a forgotten celebrity. A dark-haired boy from the Bronx, he was a major teen idol in the late 1950s, followed everywhere by mobs of screaming young girls. He starred alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Paul Newman in Exodus. But when he was stabbed to death in a failed robbery attempt at the age of 37, Mineo was struggling get by. This long-overdue portrait tells the complete story of the one-time star. Family photos, extensive clips and interviews with friends, family and co-stars follow him from his New York childhood to his tragic death in Hollywood. From teen idol to forgotten star, join us for the up-and-down saga of Sal Mineo.
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Best known as the doomed Plato in Nicholas Ray's classic Rebel Without a Cause (1955), for which he received his first of two Oscar nominations, there was more to Salvatore "Sal" Mineo Jr. than met the eye as we discover in this moving and surprising profile of "Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel." He shot to fame in the 1950s as a teen idol but was practically washed up by the early 1960s. He was no longer a teen, no longer an idol, and years of typecasting as a juvenile delinquent and generic ethnic (he was of Italian descent, refusing to change his name out of respect for his family) had left him with nothing but bit parts in movies and on television when he wanted--and had the ability--to do more. He reinvented himself in the mid-'60s by turning to edgier, independent theatrical and cinematic fare such as Fortune and Men's Eyes and Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965). Friends believe he was on the verge of a comeback when he was mysteriously--and brutally--murdered in 1976 at the age of 37. This Biography includes commentary from Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers, director Peter Bogdanovich, and actor Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey, one of the last people to see Mineo alive. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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