Like Steve McQueen The King of Cool.
All I need's a fast machine
And I'm gonna make it all right
Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American movie actor born and star of The Magnificent Seven
, The Great Escape
, The Thomas Crown Affair
, The Towering Inferno
, and Le Mans
. Early film work included a supporting role in the Paul Newman
film Somebody Up There Likes Me
about boxer "Rocky" Marciano. He also starred in the horror movie The Blob
. His "anti-hero" persona, which he developed at the height of the Vietnam counterculture, made him one of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award
nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles
. 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world. Although McQueen was combative with directors and producers, his popularity put him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries.
Began a Romance on the Set
with Ali McGraw, his co-star in The Getaway
, causing her to divorce her husband, legendary Paramount
studio head Robert Evans.
He died of cancer in 1980 shortly after the release of his final film The Hunter
. His son Chad played one of the "Kobra Kais" in The Karate Kid
(1984) and his grandson, Steven R. McQueen, is a regular on the series The Vampire Diaries
Not to be confused with the British artist/film director of Hunger
, and 12 Years a Slave
, who was named after him. An easy mistake to make.
A friend and student of Bruce Lee
, he was one of his pallbearers after his untimely death.
His IMDB article (only three digits!) can be found here