Steve McQueen young
March 24, 1930
5 ft 10 in | 178 cm
78 kg | 172 lbs
Steve McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, U.S. on March 24, 1930, was an American actor. Young Steve McQueen first started acting during his years at the Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse and at HB Studio.
He began his professional acting career in theatre (1952). He landed his Broadway debut in a play "A Hatful of Rainand" (1955).
He made his big screen debut in crime melodrama movie Girl on the Run (1953) in uncredited role, seen in the background of two scenes. He got his television debut in the NBC anthology series Goodyear Television Playhouse (1955) in episode "The Chivington Raid".
Steve's breakthrough performance came as Vin in western movie The Magnificent Seven (1960) opposite Yul Brynner and Charles Bronson.
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his performances in movies:
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) romantic comedy drama in role as Rocky Papasano
The Reivers (1969) drama action in role as Boon Hogganbeck
Papillon (1973) drama crime in role as Henri Charrière (Papillon)
He was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as Machinist's Mate 1st Class Jake Holman in war drama film The Sand Pebbles (1966).
The Great Escape (1963) World War II epic drama with Charles Bronson and James Garner
Bullitt (1968) thriller with Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn and Robert Duvall
The Getaway (1972) neo-noir crime with Ali MacGraw
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) heist with Faye Dunaway
The Towering Inferno (1974) drama disaster opposite Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway and Richard Chamberlain
The Cincinnati Kid (1965) drama opposite Ann-Margret
The Blob (1958) science fiction horror with Aneta Corsaut
Junior Bonner (1972) drama sport with Ida Lupino and Robert Preston
Nevada Smith (1966) Western with Karl Malden
Hell Is for Heroes (1962) drama action with James Coburn
Le Mans (1971) action drama with Siegfried Rauch
The Hunter (1980) thriller drama with Eli Wallach and Kathryn Harrold
He played Josh Randall in CBS Western television series Wanted Dead or Alive (1958-1961) in 93 episodes.
Studied acting in New York at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse and at HB Studio, under Uta Hagen also with Stella Adler.
Had Scottish, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Iris ancestry.
He was an avid racer of both motorcycles and cars.
Was nicknamed the "The King of Cool".
He had a collection of 130 motorcycles.
Was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.
He trained martial art Tang Soo Do.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in 1986.
Served in the United States Marine Corps.
He was a heavy cigarette smoker.
McQueen died on November 7, 1980, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, at age of 50.
He was married to:
Barbara Minty (1980)
Ali MacGraw (1973-1978)
Neile Adams (1956-1972), they had a daughter and a son
He dated Raquel Welch (1971), Alana Stewart (1971), Barbara Leigh (1971-1972), Sharon Farrell (1968), Lee Remick (1964), Lauren Hutton (1962), Mamie Van Doren (1959), Lita Milan (1957), Gia Scala (1952-1954) and Sharon Tate.
If I hadn't made it as an actor, I might have wound up a hood.
When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it.
I live for myself and I answer to nobody.
You only say what's important and you own the scene.
I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts.
I'm not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing.
Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.
I'm certainly not who people think I am. I always do whatever I want to do, and my films are personal to me.
When I did The Great Escape, I kept thinking, 'If they were making a movie of my life, that's what they'd call it—the great escape.'
I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you'll fall by the wayside.