Salvatore "Sal" Mineo, Jr. (January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976), was an American movie and theatre actor. Mineo was best known for his performance as John "Plato" Crawford opposite James Dean in the movie Rebel Without a Cause. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Once for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and once for Exodus.
In 1976 he played the role of a bisexual burglar in a series of stage performances of the comedy, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead. The play moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles and Mineo moved along with the play. He was arriving home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, when he was stabbed to death in the alley behind his apartment building. This happened near the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. He was buried in Hawthorne, New York.