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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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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

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