Sal was nominated twice for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, for Rebel Without A Cause (1955) and Exodus (1961).
Sal won the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for Exodus (1961).
Sal joined a street gang when he was 8 years old and was arrested for robbery when he was 10. He was offered the option of juvenile detention or acting school, which led to his career.
Sal was 5 feet 4 inches tall.
(commenting to reporters about his loss of a role in Lawrence Of Arabia after completing work on Exodus)
Sal: I lost because I had appeared in a pro-Jewish picture, played a sympathetic Jewish boy, and shot four Arabs.