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Also Known As: Terrence Steven Mcqueen, Steven Mcqueen, Steven Mcqueen Died: November 7, 1980
Born: March 24, 1930 Cause of Death: heart attack following surgery for lung cancer
Birth Place: Beech Grove, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, producer, oil field worker, bartender, salesman, TV repairman, lumberjack, sailor, docker

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A brooding performer with a rebellious streak and a proclivity for speed, actor Steve McQueen forever changed the definition of the Hollywood leading man with roles as quiet, but tough protagonists who sought their own methods outside the bounds of authority. Dubbed "The King of Cool," McQueen ushered in a new breed of antiheroes who commanded the begrudging respect - along with large salaries - of studio producers and directors, while attracting millions of moviegoer fans around the world. Though he made a name for himself as the star of the popular Western series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (CBS, 1958-1961), McQueen nearly stole the rug from under star Yul Brynner in the acclaimed movie "The Magnificent Seven" (1960). He next portrayed a brash, but wily escape artist in "The Great Escape" (1963) before giving acclaimed performances in "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965) and "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), the latter of which earned him his only Academy Award nomination. Following a small break from the screen, McQueen entered into his most memorable phase with "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968) and "Bullitt" (1968), which featured what many considered to be the greatest car chase ever seen on film. After the...

A brooding performer with a rebellious streak and a proclivity for speed, actor Steve McQueen forever changed the definition of the Hollywood leading man with roles as quiet, but tough protagonists who sought their own methods outside the bounds of authority. Dubbed "The King of Cool," McQueen ushered in a new breed of antiheroes who commanded the begrudging respect - along with large salaries - of studio producers and directors, while attracting millions of moviegoer fans around the world. Though he made a name for himself as the star of the popular Western series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (CBS, 1958-1961), McQueen nearly stole the rug from under star Yul Brynner in the acclaimed movie "The Magnificent Seven" (1960). He next portrayed a brash, but wily escape artist in "The Great Escape" (1963) before giving acclaimed performances in "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965) and "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), the latter of which earned him his only Academy Award nomination. Following a small break from the screen, McQueen entered into his most memorable phase with "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968) and "Bullitt" (1968), which featured what many considered to be the greatest car chase ever seen on film. After the underperforming race movie "Le Mans" (1971), he had one of the biggest hits of the year with "The Getaway" (1972) and delivered a solid turn as an escaped prisoner in "Papillion" (1973). Following the epic disaster movie, "The Towering Inferno" (1974), McQueen's career hit a down slope that was later revealed to be the result of his battle with lung cancer. Though his life and career were cut short at age 50, McQueen remained one of the most iconic and beloved film stars of the latter half of the 20th century.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dust to Glory (2005) Cast (Archive)
2.
 Tom Horn (1980) Tom Horn
3.
 Hunter, The (1980) "Papa" Ralph Thorson
4.
 An Enemy Of The People (1978) Dr Thomas Stockmann
5.
 The Towering Inferno (1974) Fire Chief O'Hallorhan
6.
 Papillon (1973) Papillon
7.
 The Getaway (1972) [Carter] Doc McCoy
8.
 Junior Bonner (1972) Junior [JR] Bonner
9.
 Le Mans (1971)
10.
 On Any Sunday (1971) Himself
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Slater, Missouri by a grandmother and great-uncle
1945:
Ran away to California to live with mother and stepfather
1946:
Moved with mother to Greenwich Village in NYC; lived with gay neighbor
1948:
Served in US Marine Corps as a tank driver
1950:
Returned to NYC
1956:
Feature debut in small role of Fidel in Robert Wise's "Somebody Up There Likes Me", starring Paul Newman
1956:
Broadway debut, replacing Ben Gazzara as Johnny Pope in "A Hatful of Rain"; fired after six weeks
1958:
Attracted attention for his first starring turn in "The Blob", a campy classic of cheap 1950s sci-fi
1958:
Introduced character of Josh Randall in episode of "Trackdown", starring Robert Culp
:
Starred as bounty hunter of few words Josh Randall in CBS series, "Wanted: Dead or Alive"
1959:
Staged an "accident" in order to get out of TV series commitment to act in a feature
1959:
First film with director John Sturges, "Never So Few"
1960:
Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven" reinforced him as a laconic loner in action
1961:
Formed Solar Productions
1962:
Developed his screen persona further as a surly, rebellious, busted NCO in Don Siegel's "Hell Is for Heroes"
1963:
Reteamed with Sturges, soaring as the motorcyle-riding American amidst mostly Brits in "The Great Escape"
:
Took 18-month sabbatical from acting in order to pursue hobby of racing
1964:
Competed on USA team in motorcycle race
1965:
Acted the title role in Norman Jewison's "The Cincinnati Kid"
1966:
Played "Nevada Smith", directed by Henry Hathaway
1966:
Second film with Wise, "The Sand Pebbles"; nominated for Best Actor Oscar
1968:
Cast against type as the suave mastermind of Jewison's "The Thomas Crown Affair"
1968:
Offered a superb performance as as rough, surly cop "Bullitt", particularly behind the wheel for one of the screen's all-time best car chases through streets of San Francisco
1969:
Ventured into (William) Faulkner country for "The Reivers"
1971:
Returned behind the wheel for "Le Mans"; film was a pet project that began with no script and John Sturges at the helm; Sturges dropped out after shooting many racing sequences
1972:
Teamed with Sam Peckinpah for two pictures, the captivating rodeo comedy-drama "Junior Bonner" and "The Getaway", an enjoyable film built around a chase
1973:
Inspired performance as "Papillon", the man who defies solitary confinement, madness and aging to become a wistful genius of survival
1974:
Presided over listless all-star project, "The Towering Inferno"; reteamed onscreen with Paul Newman
1977:
Starred in Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" (directed by George Schaefer); film sat on shelf for years and received only limited distribution
1979:
First disgnosed with cancer caused by exposure to asbestos
:
Sick with cancer, made his final two films, "Tom Horn" (bad) and "The Hunter" (perhaps his worst movie), playing a bounty hunter in each
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Education

Boys Republic Reform School: Chino , California - 1945 - 1946
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York - 1951

Notes

McQueen was reportedly on the Manson family's hit list. In a twist of fate, he was supposed to have dinner with Sharon Tate on the night she was murdered but met a young woman with whom he decided to have a one-night stand.

"One afternoon on location...I was sitting there reading my script...and Frank crept up behind me and slipped a lighted firecracker in one of the loops of my gunbelt. When that thing went off I jumped about three feet straight up. Which naturally delighted Frank. So I grabbed one of the Tommy guns we were using in the film and jammed in a full clip--fifty rounds. Sinatra was walking away laughing it up with his buddies, when I yelled at him, 'Hey, Frank!' He turned around and I let him have it, zap-zap-zap-zap, the whole clip." Blanks fired at close range can be quite painful and the whole set fell quiet while waiting to see what Sinatra's reaction would be. As McQueen stood there staring at Sinatra, the star, ".., just started laughing, and it was all over. After that, we got along fine. In fact, we tossed firecrackers at each other through the picture." --Steve McQueen on filming "Never So Few" in William F Nolan's biography "McQueen"

"When a horse learns to buy martinis, I'll learn to like horses." -- McQueen GQ September 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Neile Adams. Actor, dancer, singer. Born c. 1934; introduced to McQueen by mutual friend Mark Rydell whom she had dated; appeared on Broadway in "Pajama Game"; married in November 1956; assisted McQueen in choosing scripts during their marriage; reportedly McQueen turned abusive in the early 1970s while overindulging in drugs and alcohol; separated in 1971 divorced in 1972; mother of McQueen's two children; married Alvin E Toffel in 1980.
companion:
Barbara Leigh. Actor, model. Acted opposite McQueen in "Junior Bonner".
wife:
Ali MacGraw. Actor. Married in June 1973; filed for divorce in November 1977; divorced in 1978; became romantically involved during the making of "The Getaway" (1972).
wife:
Barbara Minty. Model. Born c. 1955; began relationship in 1977; married from January 16, 1980 until his death.
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Family close complete family listing

grandmother:
Lillian Crawford. Helped to raise him.
great-uncle:
Claude Thomson. Mother's uncle; helped to raise McQueen.
father:
William McQueen. Naval aviator. Abandoned McQueen's mother; died in 1959; McQueen attempted to locate his father but found his widow three months after father's death.
mother:
Jullian Crawford Berri. Born in 1910; alcoholic; married at least one other time after divorced from McQueen's father; left son in care of her uncle and mother; died on October 15, 1965.
daughter:
Terry Leslie McQueen. Executive. Headed a film production company; born on June 5, 1959; died on March 12, 1998 of respiratory failure at age 38; mother, Neile Adams; survived by a daughter Molly, born c. 1987.
son:
Chad McQueen. Actor. Born on December 28, 1960; mother, Neile Adams.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"My Husband, My Friend"
"Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel"

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