5' 8" (1.73 m)
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It would be easy to blame Hollywood to say that I was typed and forced to play the same role over and over. For a while, I did. But the truth is that I knew what I was doing. I was enjoying myself. I was making money. I suppose that it had to stop. I made some good pictures, and I made some bad ones. I wasn't trying to build an image, though; I was trying to build a life for myself.
Mineo longed to be a movie director, and he directed the 1969 Los Angeles production of the prison
drama Fortune and Men's Eyes
(1971). The play, which deals with homosexuality, had premiered in Ontario in 1965 and then opened in New York Off-broadway
in 1967 and had run for a year. In addition to directing, Mineo played the role of Rocky, a prison
bully, who rapes a naive young prisoner, Smitty ...