Sal Mineo. While doing research for my forthcoming book, Stand by Me: One moment he was urinating up against the drapes, the next into an open closet, then all over the carpet. It was also during this time that characters in prison were being portrayed at homosexual. Institutions soon followed suit. Via acertaincinema.
He didn't think it was funny. Beyond their underground, independent films, a handful of foreign films were depicting gay characters as complex human beings entitled to tolerance, if not equality. A Very Natural Thingor a more cosmopolitan-liberal audience i.
Merlo's death, his unhappy childhood, his sister Rose's mental illness and institutionalization, his fractured relationship with his younger brother Dakin, his depression, and his addition to prescription drugs all took a heavy toll on him.