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Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen
McQueen's mugshot, taken in Anchorage, Alaska, 1972
Personal information
Birth nameTerrence Steven McQueen
Birth dateMarch 24, 1930
Place of birthBeech Grove, Indiana, U.S.
Date of deathNovember 7, 1980(age 50)
Death placeCiudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Cause of deathMesothelioma
Years active1953 80
SpouseNeile Adams (1956 72; divorced)
Ali MacGraw (1973 78; divorced)
Barbara Minty (1980) (his death)
ChildrenTerry, Chad

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Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen (March 24, 1930 November 7, 1980) was an American movie actor. He was nicknamed "The King of Cool." 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. His other popular films include The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno. In 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.

He was an avid racer of both motorcycles and cars. While he studied acting, he supported himself partly by competing in weekend motorcycle races and bought his first motorcycle with his winnings. He is recognized for performing many of his own stunts, but one of the most widely claimed and cherished examples of this that he did the majority of the stunt driving for his character during the high-speed chase scene in Bullitt was revealed not to be true by his most trusted stuntman and stunt driver Loren James. McQueen also designed and patented a bucket seat and transbrake for race cars.

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