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Birthday: March 24, 1930
Place: Beech Grove, Indiana, USA
Height: 5' 9"
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| Steve McQueen was the prototypical example of a new sort of movie star which emerged in the 1950s and would come to dominate the screen in the 1960s and '70s — a cool, remote loner who knew how to use his fists without seeming like a run-of-the-mill tough guy, a thoughtful man in no way an effete intellectual, a rebel who played by his own rules and lived by his own moral code, while often succeeding on his own terms. While McQueen was one of the first notable examples of this new breed of antihero (along with James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Paul Newman), he was also among the most successful, and was able to succeed as an iconoclast and one of Hollywood's biggest box-office draws at the same time.Terrence Steven McQueen was born in Indianapolis, IN, on March 24, 1930. In many ways, McQueen's childhood was not a happy one; his father and mother split up before his first birthday, and he was sent to live with his great uncle on a farm in Missouri. After he turned nine, McQueen's mother had married again, and he was sent to California to join her. By his teens, McQueen had developed a rebellious streak, and he began spending time with a group of juvenile delinquents; McQueen's misdeeds led his mother to send him to Boys' Republic, a California reform school. After ninth grade, McQueen left formal education behind, and after a spell wandering the country, he joined the Marine Corps in 1947. McQueen's hitch with the Leathernecks did little to change his anti-authoritarian attitude; he spent 41 days in the brig after going Absent With Out Leave for two weeks.After leaving the Marines in 1950, McQueen moved to New York City, where he held down a number of short-term jobs while trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life. At the suggestion of a friend, McQueen began to look into acting, and developed an enthusiasm for the theater. In 1952, he began studying acting at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. After making an impression in a number of small off-Broadway productions, McQueen was accepted into Lee Strasberg's prestigious Actor's Studio, where he further honed his skills. In 1956, McQueen made his Broadway debut and won rave reviews when he replaced Ben Gazzara in the lead of the acclaimed drama A Hatful of Rain. The same year, McQueen made his film debut, playing a bit part in Somebody Up There Likes Me alongside Paul Newman, and he married dancer Neile Adams. In 1958, after two years of stage work and television appearances, McQueen scored his first leading role in a film as Steve, a noble and rather intense teenager in the sci-fi cult item The Blob, while later that same year he scored another lead, in the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive. McQueen's moody performances as bounty hunter Josh Randall elevated him to stardom, and in 1960, he appeared in the big-budget Western The Magnificent Seven (an Americanized remake of The Seven Samurai), confirming that his new stardom shone just as brightly on the big screen. In 1961, McQueen completed his run on Wanted: Dead or Alive and concentrated on film roles, appearing in comedies (The Honeymoon Machine, Love With a Proper Stranger) as well as action roles (Hell Is for Heroes, The War Lover). In 1963, McQueen starred in The Great Escape, an action-packed World War II drama whose blockbuster success confirmed his status as one of Hollywood's most bankable leading men; McQueen also did his own daredevil motorcycle stunts in the film, reflecting his offscreen passion for motorcycle and auto racing. (McQueen would also display his enthusiasm for bikes as narrator of a documentary on dirt-bike racing, On Any Sunday).Through the end of the 1960s, McQueen starred in a long string of box-office successes, but in the early '70s, he appeared in two unexpected disappointments — 1971's Le Mans, a racing film that failed to capture the excitement of the famed 24-hour race, and 1972's Junior Bonner, an atypically good-natured Sam Peckinpah movie that earned enthusiastic reviews but failed at the box office. Later that year, McQueen would team up again with Peckinpah for a more typical (and much more successful) action film, The Getaway, which co-starred Ali MacGraw. McQueen had divorced Neile Adams in 1971, and while shooting The Getaway, he and MacGraw (who was then married to producer Robert Evans) became romantically involved. In 1973, after MacGraw divorced Evans, she married McQueen; the marriage would last until 1977.After two more big-budget blockbusters, Papillon and The Towering Inferno, McQueen disappeared from screens for several years. In 1977, he served as both leading man and executive producer for a screen adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, which fared poorly with both critics and audiences when it was finally released a year and a half after it was completed. In 1980, it seemed that McQueen was poised for a comeback when he appeared in two films — an ambitious Western drama, Tom Horn, which McQueen co-directed without credit, and The Hunter, an action picture in which he played a modern-day bounty hunter — and he wed for a third time, marrying model Barbara Minty in January of that year. However, McQueen's burst of activity hid the fact that he had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a highly virulent form of lung cancer brought on by exposure to asbestos. After conventional treatment failed to stem the spread of the disease, McQueen traveled to Juarez, Mexico, where he underwent therapy at an experimental cancer clinic. Despite the efforts of McQueen and his doctors, the actor died on November 7, 1980. He left behind two children, Chad McQueen, who went on to his own career as an actor, and daughter Terry McQueen, who died of cancer in 1998.
- Of the 2000 performers that auditioned for Lee Strasberg's exclusive Actors' Studio in 1955, only two were accepted: Martin Landau and McQueen.
- Ranked #30 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
- A week before the Woodstock Music Festival kicked off in Bethel, New York, McQueen had been invited for dinner at the Roman Polanski-Sharon Tate home in the Hollywood hills by mutual friend and hairdresser-to the-stars, Jay Sebring. An unexpected rendezvous with a mystery woman prompted him to cancel his appointment. In the wake of the Manson Family Tate-LaBianca murders at, respectively, 10050 Cielo Drive and 3301 Waverly Drive, McQueen would later learn that he was accorded the kind of priority billing for which he was unprepared: he topped Charles Manson's celebrity death list. Thereafter he carried a concealed weapon. (see also: Jerzy Kosinski and Jeremy Lloyd.) [8 August 1969]
- Although he was the highest paid star of the 1960s Steve McQueen had a reputation for being tightfisted. On some films he would demand 10 electric razors, and dozens of pairs of jeans. It was later found out he gave this stuff to Boys Republic, a private school and treatment community for troubled youngsters, where he spent a few years himself.
- Issued a Private Pilots license by the FAA in 1979 after learning to fly in a STEARMAN BI-PLANE which he purchased for that purpose. After his death it was sold at auction with a large collection of vehicles by the estate in 1982.
- Father of actor Chad McQueen.
- Trained in Tang Soo Do with 9th degree blackbelt Pat E. Johnson (NOT Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris as is popularly believed.) His son was trained in karate by Norris. Lee trained him in Jeet Kune Do.
- Served in the United States Marine Corps.
- Was diagnosed with a form of lung cancer, mesothelioma, which is related to asbestos exposure, although McQueen had been a heavy smoker as well. He wore an asbestos-insulated racers suit in his race cars, and possibly was exposed to the harmful insulating material during his stint in the Marines. His first wife recalled many instances when he had recklessly exposed himself to the harmful substance by soaking a rag in liquid asbestos and placing it over his mouth while racing cars.
- Was cremated and had his ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#19). 
- Was a pallbearer at the funeral of actor Bruce Lee.
- Dropped out of school in 9th grade.
- Stepfather of Josh Evans.
- McQueen proposed the idea for a film The Bodyguard (1992), but this was forgotten for 16 long years, until 1992 when Kevin Costner revived it. 
- His role in Never So Few (1959) was originally going to be played by Sammy Davis Jr.. A feud had broken out between Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra after he had claimed in a radio interview that he was a greater singer than Sinatra. Sinatra demanded he be dropped from the cast, and thus McQueen received his breakthrough role.
- Diagnosed with mesothelioma lung cancer on December 22, 1979, but kept his terminal illness a secret up until over a month before his death.
- Died from two heart attacks at 3:45 am on November 7 1980, less than 24 hours after undergoing successful surgery to remove the cancerous tumors in his stomach. According to the doctor present at the operation, his right lung was entirely cancerous.
- Sheryl Crow made a song titled 'Steve McQueen' as a tribute to him. It is featured on the album 'C'mon C'mon'.
- The original script of The Towering Inferno (1974) called for McQueen's character to have more lines of dialogue than that of Paul Newman's. McQueen insisted that the script be changed so that he and Newman would have the same number of lines. He believed that his talent was superior to Newman's and he wanted the critical criteria to be as equal as possible.
- Father of Terry McQueen
- Was originally slated to star with Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969); however, due to a disagreement over the billing, he left the project. Ironically, the billing method was used several years later when he and Newman starred together in The Towering Inferno (1974).
- He was very interested in playing John Rambo in the adaptation of the novel "First Blood". He was actually slated to star, but did not due to his death. Sylvester Stallone got the role instead.
- The band Drive-By Truckers have the tribute song "Steve McQueen" featured on their 1998 album Gangstabilly.
- Along with Martin Sheen and James Dean, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
- After being told his lung cancer was inoperable, he went to a health clinic in Mexico to undergo a controversial "apricot pit" therapy that is still banned in the United States.
- Was the first of the original The Magnificent Seven (1960) to pass away. As of 2005, all except for Robert Vaughn are dead. Eli Wallach is still alive as of 16 November 2005
- Appears, helmeted and uncredited, as a motorcyclist in the 1976 B-movie Dixie Dynamite (1976), starring Warren Oates and Christopher George. Legend has it that the call went out for dirt bike riders to take part in this low-budget action adventure, and among those who turned up was McQueen. Heavily bearded and overweight, McQueen kept a low profile - this was during his reclusive period when he was turning down multi-million dollar offers to make movies like A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Apocalypse Now (1979) - and was only 'rumbled' when he queued up to accept his day's payment: about 120 dollars. The astonished gopher handing out the cash saw his name on a list and said "Is that THE Steve McQueen?". McQueen's riding style - standing on his foot pedals, leaning forward, head over the handlebars - makes him immediately identifiable to bike buffs.
- He was voted the 56th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- The "King of Cool" became a born again Christian shortly before he died, due to the influence of his third wife Barbara Minty and his flying instructor Sammy Mason. It is interesting to note that this conversion happened before he was diagnosed with cancer, meaning it was probably genuine. McQueen's favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 which reads, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
- In the sixties, he publically threatened to break Howard Hughes nose if Hughes did not stop harassing Mamie Van Doren, a woman both men had had affairs with, but at different times. Needless to say, Hughes never bothered Van Doren again.
- When he first met Martin Landau, McQueen told Landau he had already met him. Landau, who didn't remember McQueen, asked where? McQueen told him he was on the back of James Dean's motorbike when Dean came in for repairs at a NYC garage. The motorcyle mechanic at the garage was non-other than McQueen.
- After the huge success of "The Towering Inferno" (1974), McQueen announced that any producer wishing to acquire his services would have to send a check for .5 million along with the script. If he liked the script and wanted to make the movie, he'd cash the check; the producer then owned him another .5 million. He'd keep his half of his million salary if the producer couldn't come up with the other half. McQueen likely used this then-unprecedented pay-or- play arrangement to guarantee the six-year semi-retirement he undertook after "Inferno," in which he appeared in only one picture, the vanity project "An Enemy of the People" (1978). When he did return to commercial filmmaking, his price was million.
- He was voted the 31st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
- Appeared with James Coburn and Charles Bronson in two films, both of which were directed by John Sturges: The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963).
- According to military records released by the Pentagon in 2005, Marine Private First Class Steve McQueen was confined to base for being absent without leave. McQueen as confined for 30 days and fined after being AWOL from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. McQueen joined the Marines Corps at 17 and worked as a tank driver and mechanic, which the documents indicated may have spurred a lifelong interest in vehicles, especially motorcycles. He received a commendation for rescuing five Marines in a training accident, and took advantage of military educational benefits to study at the Actors' Studio in New York City.
- Died of the same cause (lung cancer) as his _Magnificent Seven, The (1960)_ co-star Yul Brynner.
- Appeared with Eli Wallach in both his first major successful film (The Magnificent Seven (1960)) and his last ever film (The Hunter (1980)).
- Appeared in three different films with Robert Vaughn: The Magnificent Seven (1960), Bullitt (1968) and The Towering Inferno (1974).
- When he briefly left The Great Escape (1963) during filming due to the fact that his character did not play as large a part as he would have liked, it was James Coburn and James Garner that convinced him to return. Because of its huge success and continuing popularity, it has become his best known role.
- Always resented the fact that Horst Buchholz was cast as Chico in The Magnificent Seven (1960), the role he had initially wanted.
- Like the coolest movie stars, was strongly connected to Triumph motorcycles, riding a 650cc TR6 Trophy in The Great Escape and competing on the same model in the 1964 International Six Days Trial held in East Germany. Photographs of his desert racing also show him upon this model. He also visited Triumph's Meriden factory in 1964 and 1965 for collection and preparation of his motorcycles.
- In the movie "SWAT", the character Jim Street (Colin Farrell) has a poster of McQueen's movie "Bullitt" in his apartment. In real life, Colin Farrell frequently cites McQueen as one of his idols and influences as an actor.
- His production company was Solar Productions, Inc.
- Of all the characters he ever played, he frequently cited Lt. Frank Bullitt from "Bullitt" as his all time favorite character.
- The last words he uttered on screen were "God bless you" in The Hunter (1980).
- His only two appearances at the Academy Awards was as a presenter: (1964) Presented the Oscar for Best Sound. (1965) Holding hands with Claudia Cardinale presented the Oscar again for Best Sound
- Became a born again Christian after going through bible studies with the Rev. Billy Graham.
- Shortly before filming began on Tom Horn (1980), he had quit smoking cigarettes. His somewhat "squashed" appearance in the movie was due to a crash diet.
- Former father-in-law of Stacey Toten.
- Grandfather of 'Steven R. McQueen '.
- Grandfather of Steven R. McQueen.
- McQueen's name somehow appeared on President Richard Nixon's "List of Enemies" in 1972. In reality, McQueen was conservative in his political beliefs, with a strong belief in self-help. In 1963 he had declined to participate in the March on Washington for civil rights, and in 1968 he refused to join many of his Hollywood peers in supporting Senator Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign. An incredulous Ali MacGraw asked McQueen how he could have been considered a threat by Nixon, adding, "You are the most patriotic person I know." McQueen responded to the whole affair by flying an enormous American flag outside his house.
- Was William Friedkin's first choice for the Jackie Scanlon character in Sorcerer. McQueen considered Walon Green's new adaptation of The Wages of Fear (Sorcerer) as the greatest screenplay he ever read. But due to creative differences with Friedkin, McQueen got kicked off the project.
- Before his death, McQueen optioned two screenplays from Walter Hill : The Driver and The Last Gun. The Driver got made later with Ryan O'Neal playing the lead part and The Last Gun remains unproduced.
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