Moved to the Bronx from Harlem when he was nine years old
"Discovered" by a talent scout while playing sandlot baseball in The Bronx
Cast in Tennessee Williams' play "The Rose Tattoo" on Broadway; was paid $65 a week for saying one line--"The goat is in the yard"
Appeared in the Broadway production of "The Dinosaur Wharf"
Understudied the role of the crown prince in "The King and I", starring Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence (date approximate)
Took over the role of the crown prince in "The King and I"; played over 900 performances (dates approximate)
Film debut in "Six Bridges to Cross" opposite Tony Curtis
Appeared in "The Private War of Major Benson"
Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his heart-wrenching performance as Plato in the teen angst classic "Rebel Without a Cause", starring James Dean and Natalie Wood
Re-teamed with Dean for the epic "Giant", co-starring Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson
Played teen thug in the drama "Crime in the Streets"
Acted opposite Paul Newman in "Somebody Up There Likes Me"; Dean was originally cast as Rocky Graziano, but died before filming began; Newman then got the part
Recreated TV role in film adaptation of "Dino"; starred in title role as a juvenile delinquent
Attempted to launch singing career with release of two singles and an album
Played the title role in "The Gene Krupa Story"
Received second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in "Exodus"; reunited with Newman
Starred with Yul Brynner in the poorly received "Escape from Zahrain"
Had featured role in "The Longest Day"
Formed Sal Mineo Productions
Directed by John Ford in "Cheyenne Autumn"
Starred in the low-budget, suspense flick "Who Killed Teddy Bear?"
Had small part in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
Acted in the NBC sitcom "Mona McCluskey"
Made TV-movie debut in " The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones" (ABC)
Made directorial debut with the play "End as a Man" at the Canal-Fulton Playhouse in Ohio
Directed the prison drama "Fortune and Men's Eyes" in New York and L.A., starring a then-unknown Don Johnson in the lead
Acted in "Krakatoa, East of Java"
Featured in last movie role "Escape from the Planet of the Apes"
Appeared on episodes of "S.W.A.T." and "Columbo"
Played a bisexual burglar in the black comedy "P.S. Your Cat is Dead" in San Francisco; died just before the play was to open in L.A.