Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

American actor
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Steve McQueen

Terrence Stephen McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American actor who was nicknamed "The King of Cool" and his antihero persona developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s made him a top box-office draw during the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, Love With the Proper Stranger, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Towering Inferno.

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Full name at birth
Terrence Stephen McQueen
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Claim to fame
The Great Escape (1963).
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Date of birth
24 March 1930
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Place of birth
Beech Grove, Indiana, United States
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Date of death
7 November 1980
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Age
50 (age at death)
Place of death
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Cause of death
Heart Attack After Cancer Surgery For Malignant Mesothelioma
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Resting place
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
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Actor, Producer
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5' 9½" (177 cm)
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Net worth
$30,000,000 USD
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Neighborhood Playhouse School Of The Theatre, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
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I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.
  • The band Drive-By Truckers have the tribute song "Steve McQueen" featured on their 1998 album "Gangstabilly".
  • Along with Martin Sheen and James Dean, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
  • Shortly before filming began on Tom Horn (1980), he had quit smoking cigarettes. His somewhat "squashed" appearance in the movie was due to a crash diet.
  • Like the coolest movie stars, was strongly connected to Triumph motorcycles, riding a 650cc TR6 Trophy in The Great Escape (1963) and competing on the same model in the 1964 International Six Days Trial held in East Germany. Photographs of his desert racing also show him upon this model. He also visited Triumph's Meriden factory in 1964 and 1965 for collection and preparation of his motorcycles.
  • Appears, helmeted and uncredited, as a motorcyclist in the 1976 B-movie Dixie Dynamite (1976), starring Warren Oates and Christopher George. Legend has it that the call went out for dirt bike riders to take part in this low-budget action adventure, and among those who turned up was McQueen. Heavily bearded and overweight, he kept a low profile (this was during his reclusive period when he was turning down multi-million-dollar offers for such films as A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Apocalypse Now (1979)), and was only noticed when he queued up to accept his day's payment, about $120. The astonished production assistant handing out the cash saw his name on a list and said, "Is that THE Steve McQueen?". McQueen's riding style (standing on his foot pedals, leaning forward, head over the handlebars) makes him immediately identifiable to bike buffs.

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