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 (1958)
. 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
This entire entry was typed in a single, uninterrupted takeSteve McQueen
is a British born director, screenwriter, and video artist.
McQueen started out directing black-and-white minimalist shorts designed to be projected onto the walls of art galleries. He has often cited inspiration from Andy Warhol
and Buster Keaton
, winning the Turner prize (Britain's highest artistic honor) in 1999 for a short inspired by one of Keaton's most famous stunts. McQueen has also dabbled in sculpture and photography, and received a great deal of acclaim for his 2007 work Queen and Country
, a collection of stamps commemorating all of the British soldiers who died fighting in Iraq between 2003 and 2008, though he considers the work incomplete as the stamps have yet to be released to the general public for use.
In 2008, McQueen made his first foray into feature films with Hunger
, a drama about the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike, which received great critical acclaim, winning the Caméra d'Or (first-time director) Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed this up with Shame
, a drama about sex addiction that received similar acclaim, particularly for the performances of Michael Fassbender
and Carey Mulligan
. In 2013, McQueen released 12 Years a Slave
, a drama based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. This was McQueen's most acclaimed film yet, winning many prizes, including the Academy Award
for Best Picture, making Steve McQueen the first black director who have directed a movie that won the top prizenote
McQueen will next direct the pilot of an HBO series, Codes of Conduct
. He also plans to direct a film based on the 1981 British TV series Widows
, as well as a biopic of Paul Robeson
Known for his use of long takes, relentless realism, and often working with Michael Fassbender