Sal Mineo is best known for his performance as John ‘Plato’ Crawford in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ (1955), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. During his initial years in Hollywood, he was typecast as a troubled teenager in the World War II movie ‘Giant’ (1956) and the Disney adventure ‘Tonka’ (1958).
As he aged he became too old to play the roles that made him famous and rumours of homosexuality adversely affected his career. He was dropped from the cast of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1962) and only got a minor role in ‘The Longest Day’ (1962).
After a prolonged low in his career, he returned as the director of the LGBT themed play ‘Fortune and Men’s Eyes’ (1967), which received positive reviews.
Mineo appeared in a number of television series during his later career which include ‘Police Story’ (1974), ‘SWAT’ (1975), and ‘Joe Forrester’ (1976).