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Ironically, in real life, McQueen was quite conservative in his political views, and often backed the Republican Party and supported the Vietnam War.
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Birth name Terrence Steven McQueen
Born March 24, 1930(1930-03-24)
Beech Grove, Indiana, USA
Died November 7, 1980 (aged 50)
Ciudad Ju?rez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Years active 1953 - 1980
Spouse(s) Neile Adams (1956-1972)
Ali MacGraw (1973-1978)
Barbara Minty (1980-1980)
Children Terry McQueen (1959-1998)
Chad McQueen (b.1960)
Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 ? November 7, 1980) was an Academy Award-nominated American movie actor, nicknamed "The King of Cool". His "anti-hero" persona, which he developed at the height of the Vietnam counterculture, made him one of the box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen was combative with directors and producers; regardless, he was able to command large salaries and was in high demand.
He was born Terrence Steven McQueen (although there is some doubt over the spelling of his first name, with various sources citing it as Terence or even Terrance) in Beech Grove, Indiana, a suburban community bordering Indianapolis. His father, William, was a stunt pilot for an aerial circus, who abandoned Steve and his mother shortly before the birth. His mother, Julian, was an alcoholic; unable to cope with bringing up a small child she sent him at an early age to be raised by his Uncle Claude on the latter's farm in Slater, Missouri. His time on the farm was a happy one, and when at the age of 12 he was taken back by his mother to live with her and her new husband in Los Angeles, California he retained a special memory of his leavetaking: "The day I left the farm Uncle Claude gave me a personal going-away present; a gold pocket watch, with an inscription inside the case." The inscription read: "To Steve-- who has been a son to me".
Steve had a fractious relationship with his violent and abusive stepfather, whom he loathed. Within a couple of years he was running with a street gang, committing acts of petty crime. Unable to control his behaviour, his mother and stepfather sent him to the California Junior Boys Republic, optimistically described as "a home for wayward boys" in Chino Hills, California. After McQueen left Chino, he drifted before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1947, serving until 1950.
In 1952, with financial assistance provided by the G.I. Bill, McQueen began studying acting and auditioned for a place at Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio in New York. Of the 2000 people who tried out that year, only McQueen and Martin Landau were accepted. McQueen made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the play A Hatful of Rain, starring Ben Gazzara.
Wanted: Dead or Alive
After various live and filmed television guest appearances in the mid-1950s, McQueen gained both regular employment and his 'break-out' role with the Western series Wanted: Dead or Alive. Filmed at Apacheland Studio in 1961, McQueen played Josh Randall, a bounty hunter who had been introduced the previous year in an episode of Trackdown, a TV western featuring Robert Culp. Randall carried a sawed-off Winchester rifle nicknamed the "Mare's Leg", in contrast to the standard six-gun carried by most heroes. This added to the anti-hero image of the character, infused with a combination of mystery, alienation and detachment, which made this show stand out from the typical TV Westerns.
Never So Few
Replacing Sammy Davis, Jr. at the last minute, a young Steve McQueen got his break in this 1959 Frank Sinatra vehicle which was directed by John Sturges whom McQueen would work with over the coming years in both The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. Sinatra himself saw something special in McQueen and ensured that the young actor got plenty of good shots and close-ups in a role that found him garnering favourable reviews. McQueen's character, Bill Ringa, like future characters he would come to play, brought a new kind of cool to the screen and was never more comfortable than when driving at high speed -- in this case, behind the wheel of a jeep.
The Magnificent Seven
McQueen moved into film in the mid-1950s with bit parts in Girl on the Run (1953) and Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956). He secured his first lead role in the 1958 horror movie, The Blob. He then replaced Sammy Davis, Jr. in the Frank Sinatra vehicle Never So Few in 1959 when Sinatra quarrelled with Davis. Director John Sturges cast McQueen in his next movie, promising to "give him the camera". The Magnificent Seven (1960), with Yul Brynner, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, became McQueen's first major hit.
The Great Escape
McQueen's next big film, 1963's The Great Escape, told the fictionalized "true story" of a mass escape from a World War II POW camp. A spectacular motorcycle leap in the film's climax highlighted McQueen's role in the film. While a very accomplished motorcyclist, insurance reasons did not allow McQueen to perform the actual jump. His friend and fellow cycle enthusiast Bud Ekins, who resembled McQueen from a distance, actually made the jump.
More information about this jump and the movie can be found by watching the special features documentary on The Great Escape DVD. McQueen always gave Ekins credit for performing the jump. In fact on his television show, when Johnny Carson had congratulated him for doing it, McQueen corrected him, "It wasn't me. That was Bud Ekins." In 1966 McQueen appeared as "Nevada Smith" in the movie of the same name. 
Steve McQueen in BullittBullitt and later films
Another successful film was 1968's Bullitt, with an unprecedented (and endlessly imitated) auto chase through San Francisco, with Bud Ekins again doubling for some of the more hazardous work. Prior to that, McQueen earned his only Academy Award nomination for the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles. McQueen also appeared in 1973's Papillon, the 1971 car race drama Le Mans, and in The Getaway in 1972.
McQueen was the world's highest paid actor by the time of The Getaway. After The Towering Inferno, co-starring with his long time rival Paul Newman in 1974, McQueen did not return to film until 1978 with An Enemy of the People playing against type as a heavily bearded, bespectacled doctor, in this adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play. The film was little seen. His last films were Tom Horn and The Hunter, both released in 1980.
McQueen was married three times. He married Manila-born actress Neile Adams on November 2, 1956 (divorced 1972), by whom he had a daughter Terry (born June 5, 1959; died at 38 on March 19, 1998 as a result of hemochromatosis, a condition in which the body produces too much iron destroying the liver), and a son, Chad McQueen (born December 28, 1960 and now an actor?as is his grandson, Steven R. McQueen, born 1988). McQueen has 3 other grandchildren; Chase (born in 1995) and Madison (born in 1997) to Chad; and Molly Flattery (born 1987) to Terry.
On August 31, 1973 he married his Getaway co-star, Ali MacGraw, with whom he had a passionate but tumultuous relationship (she left her husband, film producer Robert Evans for McQueen). They were divorced in 1978. His third wife was model Barbara Minty whom he married on January 16, 1980, less than a year before his death
McQueen was an avid motorcycle and racecar enthusiast. When he had the opportunity to drive in a movie, he often did so himself, performing many of his own stunts.
The most memorable were the classic chase in Bullitt and the motorcycle chase scene in The Great Escape. The jump over the fence was actually done by Bud Ekins for insurance purposes. (However, McQueen did have a considerable amount of screen time while riding his motorcycle. According to the commentary track on The Great Escape DVD, it was difficult to find riders as skilled as McQueen and at one point in the film, due to clever editing, McQueen is seen in a German uniform chasing himself on another bike).
During his acting career, he considered becoming a professional race car driver. In the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring race, Peter Revson and McQueen (driving with a cast on his left foot from a motorcycle accident two weeks before) won in their (engine size) class and missed winning overall by a scant 23 seconds to Mario Andretti in a Ferrari with a Porsche 908/02. The same car was used as a camera car for Le Mans in the 24 Hours of Le Mans later that year, entered by his production company Solar Productions. However, the film was a box office flop that almost ruined McQueen's career. In addition, McQueen himself admitted that he almost died while filming the movie. Nonetheless, today, LeMans is considered to be the most historically realistic, accurate, and dramatic representation of one of the most famous periods in the history of the race, as well as being considered one of the greatest auto racing movies of all time.
McQueen wanted to enter a Porsche 917 with Jackie Stewart in the 1970 Le Mans race, but his film backers threatened to pull their support if he drove. Faced with the choice of driving for 24 hours in the race or spending the entire summer making the film, McQueen opted to do the latter.
He also competed in off-road motorcycle racing. His first off-road motorcycle was a Triumph 500cc that he purchased from stunt man Bud Ekins. McQueen raced in many of the top off-road races on the West Coast during the ?60s and early-1970s, including the Baja 1000, the Mint 400 and the Elsinore Grand Prix. In 1964, he represented the United States in the International Six Days Trial, a form of off-road motorcycling Olympics. He was inducted in the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1971, Solar Productions funded the now-classic motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, in which McQueen himself is featured, along with racing legends Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. Also in 1971, McQueen was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine riding a Husqvarna dirt bike.
McQueen was interested in collecting classic motorcycles. By the time of his death, his collection included over 100 motorcycles and was valued in the millions of dollars.
In a segment filmed for The Ed Sullivan Show, McQueen drove Sullivan around a desert area in a dune buggy at high speed. At the end of the trip, all the breathless Sullivan could say was, "That was a helluva ride!"
He owned several exotic sportscars, including:
Porsche 917, Porsche 908 and Ferrari 512 race cars from the Le Mans film.
1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso Berlinetta
Jaguar D-Type XKSS (Right-Hand Drive)
Porsche 356 Speedster
To his dismay, McQueen was never able to own the legendary Ford Mustang GT that he drove in Bullitt, which featured a highly-modified drivetrain (including a NASCAR-style racing engine) that suited McQueen's driving style. There were two cars used for filming. Director Peter Yates recently stated in a radio interview that both vehicles are still in existence, one of which is resting in a barn in Kentucky, the owner refusing to sell at any price.
McQueen died at the age of fifty in Ciudad Ju?rez, Chihuahua, Mexico of a heart attack following surgery to remove or reduce a metastatic tumour in his lung. He had been diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 1979, and had travelled to Mexico in July 1980 for unconventional treatment after his doctors advised him that they could do nothing more to prolong his life. McQueen was cremated, and his ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer usually caused by asbestos exposure. McQueen may have been exposed to asbestos during his service in the United States Marine Corps, or during his racing career.
Controversy arose over McQueen's Mexican trip, because McQueen sought a very non-traditional treatment that used coffee enemas and laetrile, a supposedly "natural" anti-cancer drug available in Mexico but not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Posthumously, McQueen remains one of the most popular stars, and his estate carefully manages the licensing activity to avoid the commercial oversaturation common to many deceased celebrities. McQueen's personality and trademark rights are managed by Corbis Corporation, the well-known media company owned by Bill Gates. In 1999, McQueen was posthumously inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
 Personal information
McQueen's height is disputed - he was officially listed as 5'10" but was known to wear lifts in many movies. Some people, including film critic Barry Norman, have said McQueen's height was in fact only 5'7". He had a daily two-hour exercise regimen, involving weightlifting and at one point running five miles, seven days a week. He also received personal martial arts training with Bruce Lee. However, he was also known for his prolific drug use (William Caxton claimed he smoked marijuana almost every day; others said he used a tremendous amount of cocaine in the early 1970s). In addition, like many actors of his era, he was a heavy cigarette smoker.
After Charles Manson incited the murder of five people including McQueen's close personal friends Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring at Tate's home on August 9, 1969, it was reported that McQueen was another potential target of the killers. According to his first wife, he then began carrying a handgun at all times in public, including at Sebring's funeral.
McQueen had an unusual reputation for demanding free items in bulk from studios when agreeing to do a film, such as electric razors, jeans and several other products. It was later found out that McQueen requested these things because he was donating them to the Boy's Republic reformatory school for displaced youth, where McQueen had spent time during his youth. McQueen made occasional visits to the school to spend time with the students, often to play pool and to speak with them about his experiences.
Towards the end of his life McQueen became a Christian in part to the influence of his flying instructor, Sammy Mason, and his wife, Barbara Minty. He regularly attended his local church, and was visited by the famed evangelist Billy Graham shortly before he died. In an interview recorded shortly before his death, and as chronicled in Christopher Sandford's biography of the star, McQueen publicly lamented the fact that he would never have time to share his faith.
After discovering a mutual interest in racing James Garner and McQueen became good friends. Garner lived directly down the hill from McQueen and as McQueen recalled, "I could see that Jim was very neat around his place. Flowers trimmed, no papers in the yard ... grass always cut. So, just to piss him off, I'd st
Yes? When I was stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, there was a rumor that he had stolen a tank or armored personnel carrier and drove through town with it. I have always wondered if that is true
yes a Dishonorable
No, in fact he received an honorable discharge from the Marines after a three-year stint.
Author of "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel" and "Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool."