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Also Known As: 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: Cast ...
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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
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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"
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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
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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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