Steve McQueen


Actor
Steve McQueen

About

Also Known As
Terrence Steven Mcqueen, Steven Mcqueen
Birth Place
Beech Grove, Indiana, USA
Born
March 24, 1930
Died
November 07, 1980
Cause of Death
Heart Attack Following Surgery For Lung Cancer

Biography

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 sa...

Photos & Videos

Le Mans - Movie Poster
Never So Few - Movie Posters
The Magnificent Seven - Lobby Cards

Family & Companions

Neile Adams
Wife
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.
Barbara Leigh
Companion
Actor, model. Acted opposite McQueen in "Junior Bonner".
Ali MacGraw
Wife
Actor. Married in June 1973; filed for divorce in November 1977; divorced in 1978; became romantically involved during the making of "The Getaway" (1972).
Barbara Minty
Wife
Model. Born c. 1955; began relationship in 1977; married from January 16, 1980 until his death.

Bibliography

"Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel"
Marshall Terrill (1994)
"My Husband, My Friend"
Neile Adams (1986)

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"

Biography

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.

Born on March 24, 1930 in Beech Grove, IN, McQueen's father, Terrence, was a stunt pilot for a flying circus who abandoned his six-month-old son and alcoholic wife, Julian. Unable to handle raising a small child, McQueen's mother left him in the care of her parents in Slater, MO, where he grew up on a farm and experienced something of a normal childhood, which he later recalled with fondness. But when he was eight years old, McQueen was taken back by his mother and her new husband, an unhappy transition that resulted in him running with a street gang and committing petty crimes. His wayward behavior forced his mother to send him back to Slater, only to reclaim him a few years later. Now 12 years old, he went to live in Los Angeles with Julian and her third husband, whom he later described as a "son of a bitch," because he routinely beat McQueen and his mother. Once again, he fell in with the wrong crowd and resumed his life of petty crime, which included getting picked up by police for stealing hubcaps. This led to his stepfather severely beating McQueen and throwing him down the stairs.

Because he seemed to be a hopeless juvenile delinquent, McQueen was sent by his mother to the California Junior Boys Republic, a reform school in Chino Hills, CA, at the behest of his abusive stepfather. Though initially resistant to being in a boys home, which led to another round of beatings, McQueen eventually wised up and matured. The experience must have made an impression on the young man, because as an actor he developed an unusual reputation of requesting free items in bulk like razors, clothes and other products from movie studios. It was later discovered that he donated the items to the reform school, and went back occasionally to play pool with the students and talk about his experiences. After he leaving Chino, McQueen went back to live with his mother, who was by then living in Greenwich Village, only to leave almost immediately to join the Merchant Marines. However, he abandoned that job and found his way to Texas, where he drifted in and out of jobs, working on an oil rig, at a carnival, and as a lumberjack.

Following his life as a drifter, McQueen joined the United States Marine Corps in 1947, only to find himself running afoul against authority once again when he landed in the brig for failing to return on time from a weekend pass. After serving three years as a tank driver, he received his honorable discharge and again returned to New York, where he worked a series of odd jobs before looking into acting at a friend's suggestion. With his G.I. Bill money, McQueen joined The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 1951 and learned his craft from master Sanford Meisner. He made a number of appearances in off-Broadway productions before making his debut on Broadway in the play "A Hatful of Rain" (1955). The following year, he made his film debut with a bit part in "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (1956), starring Paul Newman, as well as in a variety of television guest appearances. In 1956, McQueen married Manila-born actress Neile Adams, with whom he had a daughter, Terry, and a son, Chad. Meanwhile, his career picked up steam with his first leading role, playing a teenager who does battle with a giant mass of goop terrorizing a small town in "The Blob" (1958).

In 1958, McQueen portrayed the character of bounty hunter Josh Randall so perfectly in an episode of the Western series, "Trackdown" (CBS, 1957-59), that it led him to his breakout role on his own series, "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (CBS, 1958-1961), in which he played a former Confederate soldier and bounty hunter who nonetheless has a heart. McQueen made 94 episodes until early 1961, when he withdrew from the series to focus his energy on a budding film career. Frank Sinatra gave the then 29-year-old his first big break in the film "Never So Few" (1959), after the crooner yanked the part from pal Sammy Davis, Jr., after being criticized by him during a radio interview. McQueen's character, Bill Ringa, epitomized the roles he would later play in almost all of his movies: cool, understated and extremely at ease behind the wheel of a fast-moving vehicle. McQueen next had his first major hit, "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), which cast him alongside Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn as one of seven gunslingers hired by a Mexican farming village to stop it from being pillaged by a vicious bandit (Eli Wallach) and his gang. Closely modeled on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954), the Western was a big success that spawned three sequels and later a television series.

McQueen's star kept rising, thanks to a number of blockbuster hits such as "The Great Escape" (1963), an action-packed World War II movie that showcased one of the most memorable motorcycle leaps seen onscreen during the film's climax. McQueen, an accomplished motorcyclist, performed many of the daredevil stunts in the movie, but due to insurance purposes, was not allowed to perform the final scene. Instead, his friend and fellow motorcyclist, Bud Elkins, made the actual jump. Around this time, McQueen was one of the world's highest-paid actors, despite his rumored belligerent attitude with movie executives. He starred as the titular character in "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965), playing a professional poker player who steps into the big time when he challenges reigning champ, The Man (Edward G. Robinson), to a private game. After starring as "Nevada Smith" (1966), McQueen received his one and only Oscar nomination for his role in "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), playing a Navy engine room sailor whose ship gets caught up in China's civil war in 1926. Absent from the screen for two years, he returned with two iconic performances. First he was a bored millionaire who lives life on the edge robbing banks in "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968), followed by an authority-despising cop detective on the hunt for the assassin of a state's witness in "Bullitt" (1968), which featured a nearly 10-minute car chase through the streets of San Francisco that many critics and film buffs have cited as the greatest ever captured on film. As an avid racer himself, McQueen performed much of the driving aside from the most dangerous stunts during that scene.

Following an atypical turn as a ne'er-do-well farmhand in the coming-of-age family drama, "The Reivers" (1969), McQueen was perfectly cast as a champion race car driver with a dark past in the racing adventure "Le Mans" (1971), which failed to attract an audience upon its theatrical release, but gathered a cult following throughout the years. Once again, McQueen was behind the wheel for many of the film's driving sequences. He kept riding high and fast as one of Hollywood's most popular stars with Sam Peckinpah's excellent crime thriller, "The Getaway" (1972), a big box office smash about husband and wife criminals (McQueen and Ali McGraw) who are double-crossed following a heist by a scheming politician (Ben Johnson). Aside from its financial success, "The Getaway" became notorious for McQueen effectively stealing away McGraw from her husband, famed producer Robert Evans, during production. By this time, McQueen divorced his first wife, Neile Adams, and married McGraw in 1973, only to file for divorce four years later. Meanwhile, he delivered an inspiring performance in "Papillon" (1973), playing real-life convict, Henri Charrière, who became famous for becoming the only person to escape from the hard labor camp, Devil's Island, off the coast of French Guiana.

Throughout his career, McQueen pursued auto and motorcycle racing with the same exuberance as he had for acting. In the 12 Hours of Sebring Race of 1970, the actor and Peter Revson won in their class, losing only by a few seconds to Mario Andretti with a Porsche 908/02. It was the same car that was used as a camera car in the film "Le Mans." The actor also competed in off-road motorcycle racing, often entering competitions under the pseudonym Harvey Mushman. McQueen raced in high-profile, off-road races during the 1960s and 1970s, including the Baja 1000, the Mint 400, and the Elsinore Grand Prix. He represented the United States in the International Six Days Trial in 1964 and was inducted in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978. Meanwhile, after "Papillon," he joined an all-star cast for the mother of all 1970s disaster movies, "The Towering Inferno" (1974), which also starred Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, Faye Dunaway, Richard Chamberlain and William Holden all trapped in a fire in the world's tallest skyscraper. After that, McQueen largely disappeared from the movies, showing up for "An Enemy of the People" (1978), "Tom Horn" (1980) and "The Hunter" (1980), the latter considered to be one of his worst.

In January 1980, he married model Barbara Minty. While McQueen appeared ready for a comeback, his health was actually deteriorating unbeknownst to the public. He had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer brought on by exposure to asbestos which he traced back to his days in the U.S. Marines. McQueen traveled to Juarez, Mexico, seeking unconventional treatment against his doctors' advice. He later had an operation to remove a large tumor that doctors said would trigger cardiac arrest. That turned out to be the case and he died on Nov. 7, 1980 at only 50 years old. His body was cremated and his ashes were spread in the Pacific Ocean. In 1999, McQueen was posthumously inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. His legacy only grew following his death, as McQueen's estate became one of the highest grossing for deceased celebrities. In 2002, singer Sheryl Crow recorded the hit song "Steve McQueen," while three years later, Ford Motor Company used his ultra-cool likeness in a commercial via a body double for their new Mustang.

Life Events

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

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"

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

Photo Collections

Le Mans - Movie Poster
Le Mans - Movie Poster
Never So Few - Movie Posters
Here are a few original movie posters from MGM's Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra and Gina Lolabrigida. For the 1960s re-issue poster, supporting player Steve McQueen was elevated to co-star on the poster art.
The Magnificent Seven - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Magnificent Seven (1960). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Cincinnati Kid - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some stills taken behind-the-scenes during production of The Cincinnati Kid (1965), starring Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Tuesday Weld, and Edward G. Robinson, and directed by Norman Jewison.
Junior Bonner - Movie Posters
Here are two different styles of one-sheet movie posters for Junior Bonner (1972), starring Steve McQueen. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Reivers - Movie Posters
Here are two different styles of one-sheet movie posters for The Reivers (1969), starring Steve McQueen. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Great Escape - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Great Escape (1963), starring Steve McQueen and James Garner. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Never So Few - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen, and directed by John Sturges.
Never So Few - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for MGM's Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater. The original Herald insert is also included.

Videos

Movie Clip

Papillon (1973) - No One Is Innocent En route to the penal colony in French Guyana ca. 1933, Steve McQueen (title character) introduces himself to wisecracking counterfeiter Dega (Dustin Hoffman), their first conversation, early in director Franklin Schaffner's international hit Papillon, 1973.
Papillon (1973) - You Escape, They Hunt Arriving from France, Steve McQueen (title character) and Dega (Dustin Hoffman) get their first look at Devil's Island, with comments from returning inmate Julot (Don Gordon), who takes his own desperate steps, in Papillon, 1973, from the international best-selling memoir by Henri Charriere.
Getaway, The (1972) - He Didn't Make It In the third and fourth shots, the orange VW was driven by James Garner, who was visiting a friend on the shooting location in San Marcos, Texas, a stunt for which director Sam Peckinpah paid Garner $1, as Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw flee the bank heist, dodging their own diversionary explosions, Al Lettieri their fickle partner, in The Getaway, 1972.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) - You Won't Like Her Cop Eddy Malone (Paul Burke) frustrated, Steve McQueen (title character) delivering to the Swiss banker (Michael Shillo) and insurance man Jamie (Gordon Pinsett) decides to call in financial crime specialist Vicki (Faye Dunaway, her first scene), in Norman Jewison’s The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) -- Let's Play Something Else After the pantomime with the chess pieces, Vicki (Faye Dunaway) and Steve McQueen (title character) in the often-mocked "360" shot, in Norman Jewison's The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968, photography by Haskell Wexler.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) - Windmills Of Your Mind The snazzy opening from director Norman Jewison (and editors Hal Ashby and Ralph Winters), Noel Harrison’s vocal on the hit tune by Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, leading to title character Steve McQueen interrogating clownish recruit Jack Weston, in The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) - Blessed Are The Pure In Heart The climax of the elaborate opening bank heist in Boston, Erwin (Jack Weston), the literal bag-man, delivers loot to a suburban cemetery where mastermind and title character Steve McQueen awaits in his Rolls-Royce, in director Norman Jewison’s original The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) - Whose Head Are You After? Bostonian Steve McQueen (title character), whose hobby is bank robbery, makes a point of meeting Vicki (Faye Dunaway) at an art auction, having noticed her photographing him earlier at a polo match, whereupon she reveals her own game, in Norman Jewison’s The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
Honeymoon Machine, The (1961) - All Scientists Are Poor We’ve met Jim Hutton as Navy-affiliated rocket-computer scientist Jason, and Steve McQueen as his junior officer buddy Fergie, given to games of chance, in their first scene together discussing whether their computer called Max could be useful in a Venice casino, early in The Honeymoon Machine, 1961.
Honeymoon Machine, The (1961) - Admiral's Daughters Enterprising Navy officer Fergie (Steve McQueen) ejects scientist pal Jason (Jim Hutton) from their Venice suite where they’re planning a casino scam, to be alone with Julie (Brigid Bazlen), the forward daughter of their admiral, whom they’ve just met by chance, early in MGM’s The Honeymoon Machine, 1961.
Honeymoon Machine, The (1961) - Someone's Giving You Rome? In the casino in Venice gathering roulette data for the computer-gambling scam being arranged by his Navy buddy (Steve McQueen), Jim Hutton as scientist Jason spies nearsighted knockout Pam (Paula Prentiss, in their third film together for MGM), then her ball/chain Tommy (William Lanteau) in The Honeymoon Machine, 1961.
Baby The Rain Must Fall (1965) - I Got Out A Bit Early Ex-con Texan singer Henry (Steve McQueen) is surprised to see his wife Georgette (Lee Remick) and daughter (Kimberly Block), having failed to tell them he was out of prison, and having failed to tell buddy Slim (Don Murray) and his landlord-employers (Carol Veazie, Charles Watts) they existed, in Baby The Rain Must Fall, 1965.

Trailer

Great Escape, The - (Original Trailer) Thrown together by the Germans, a group of captive Allied troublemakers plot a daring prison breakout in The Great Escape (1963) starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough.
Bullitt - (Original Trailer) Steve McQueen and a souped-up Mustang go roaring after the mob in San Francisco in Bullitt (1968).
Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968) - (Original Trailer) A bored tycoon (Steve McQueen) turns to bank robbery and courts the insurance investigator (Faye Dunaway) assigned to bring him in.
War Lover, The - (Original Trailer) A WWII bomber pilot (Steve McQueen) succeeds at flying but the rest of his life isn't so under control in The War Lover (1962).
Honeymoon Machine, The - (Original Trailer) Two sailors discover a way to beat the roulette tables in a Venice casino in The Honeymoon Machine (1961), starring Steve McQueen.
Cincinnati Kid, The - (Original Trailer) Card sharks try to deal with personal problems during a big game in New Orleans in The Cincinnati Kid (1965), starring Steve McQueen.
Never So Few - (Black-and-white Trailer) A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II in Never So Few (1959).
Magnificent Seven, The - (Original Trailer) Seven American gunmen hire themselves out to protect a Mexican village from bandits in The Magnificent Seven (1960) starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson.
Hell Is For Heroes - (Original Trailer) A small U.S. squadron holds off the Nazis in a desperate last stand in Don Siegel's Hell Is For Heroes (1962) starring Steve McQueen.
Papillon - (Original Trailer) Steve McQueen plays Henri Charriere, one of the few prisoners to escape from Devil's Island in Papillon (1973) co-starring Dustin Hoffman.

Promo

Family

Lillian Crawford
Grandmother
Helped to raise him.
Claude Thomson
Great-Uncle
Mother's uncle; helped to raise McQueen.
William McQueen
Father
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.
Jullian Crawford Berri
Mother
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.
Terry Leslie McQueen
Daughter
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.
Chad McQueen
Son
Actor. Born on December 28, 1960; mother, Neile Adams.

Companions

Neile Adams
Wife
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.
Barbara Leigh
Companion
Actor, model. Acted opposite McQueen in "Junior Bonner".
Ali MacGraw
Wife
Actor. Married in June 1973; filed for divorce in November 1977; divorced in 1978; became romantically involved during the making of "The Getaway" (1972).
Barbara Minty
Wife
Model. Born c. 1955; began relationship in 1977; married from January 16, 1980 until his death.

Bibliography

"Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel"
Marshall Terrill (1994)
"My Husband, My Friend"
Neile Adams (1986)

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