January 10th People

January 10th

01-10-1939 – 02-12-1976 Sal Mineo – Born in The Bronx, New York City, New York. He was an American film and theatre actor, best known for his performance as John “Plato” Crawford opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. In the late 1960s Mineo became one of the first major actors in Hollywood to publicly acknowledge that he was gay. In 1969, he returned to the stage to act and direct a Los Angeles production of the play Fortune and Men’s Eyes, featuring the then-unknown Don Johnson as Smitty.P.S. Your Cat is Dead, he received many positive reviews. Because the play was moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Mineo arrived home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, when he was stabbed to death. In March 1979, pizza deliveryman Lionel Ray Williams was sentenced to 57 years in prison for killing Mineo and for ten robberies in the same area. Williams claimed that he had no idea who Mineo was.

 

01-10-1918 – 11-03-2003 Aaron Bridgers – Place of birth unknown. aaron-bridgersHe was an African-American jazz pianist. Bridgers was jazz composer Billy Strayhorn’s lover from 1939 until Bridgers moved to Paris in 1947. He is featured in the Paul Newman film Paris Blues (1961).

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