james dean & sal mineo (love gay) james dean & sal mineo (love gay) skip navigation sign in. short edited clip from sal mineo holywoods forgotton rebel 1999. Boy culture is a blog devoted to hot men, lgbtq issues, music, movies, tv, theatre, politics, news, humor and art. Boy culture, which has published for nearly 15 years, strives to provide up-to-the-second info, striking visuals and other content for the lgbtq community and our admirers, all with blogger matthew rettenmunds distinctive voice. Both the director and screenwriter of rebel without a cause believed james dean was exclusively gay. Even his close friend, elizabeth taylor, once said matter-of-factly that all her best friends had been gay, including montgomery cliff, rock hudson and the one and only jimmy dean. One of the first hollywood stars to openly refer to himself as bisexual, sal mineo began his acting career as plato, an apparently gay teenager in 1955s rebel without a cause. Mineo was stabbed to death by a pizza delivery man in 1976. (january 10, 1939 february 12, 1976) was an american actor, singer and director. Mineo is best known for his academy award-nominated performance as john plato crawford opposite james dean in the film rebel without a cause (1955). Sal mineo coming out of the closet in 2020 would be a surprise because no one expects it. In any case, celebrities too often refuse to speak about their private lives, so we cant predict if one is gay or straight. As much as some voices in the field of communication and internet have speculated if sal mineo is gay, there is no kind of evidence that can corroborate this. In 1957, at the height of sals fame, bob hope announced on a tv special that all public schools in the bronx would be closed the following day in honor of sal mineos birthday. On the night of february 12, 1976, actor sal mineo returned home following a rehearsal for the play p. After parking his car in the carport below his west hollywood apartment.