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The King of Cool.

"Like Steve McQueen
All I need's a fast machine
And I'm gonna make it all right."
Sheryl Crow, "Steve McQueen"
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Terence Steven "Steve" McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American movie actor and star of such films as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, Papillon, The Towering Inferno, and Le Mans.

His early film work included a supporting role in the Paul Newman film Somebody Up There Likes Me, about boxer "Rocky" Graziano. He also starred in the horror movie The Blob (1958), and shortly after that began his three-year run as star of the Western series Wanted: Dead or Alive. 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.

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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.

A friend and student of Bruce Lee, he was one of his pallbearers after his untimely death. Before he began acting he was a U.S. Marine, and saved the lives of five men when the tank they were driving broke through the ice during an Arctic exercise.

His IMDB article (only three digits!) can be found here.

Not to be confused with the British film director Steve McQueen, of Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave, who was named after him. An easy mistake to make.

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