Steve Mcqueen Biography
Steve Mcqueen full name Terence Steven McQueen, was an American actor. He was born on March 24, 1930 in Beech Grove, Indiana at St. Francis Hospital, to William Terence McQueen and Julia Ann.
He was abandoned both by his father and his mother and was primarily raised in Missouri by his Uncle Claude. At the age of twelve, he returned to live with his mother and her new husband in Los Angeles, California.
His mother sent him to the California Junior Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California and he remained there for several years and joined the Marines in 1947. After leaving the Marines in 1950, he began studying acting and was accepted into Lee Strasberg’s prestigious “Actor’s Studio”. Steve auditioned along with 2000 other hopefuls but only he and Martin Landau (Mission Impossible) were accepted. He debuted on Broadway in 1955 in the play A Hatful of Rain.
He was soon earning a modest living with guest appearances in television which led to the lead in the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive. He starred as Josh Randall, a bounty hunter who gave away as much money as he earned. He carried a sawed-off Winchester Rifle nicknamed the Mare’s Leg. The show was a huge success and Steve’s career took off.
His first leading role was in the 1958 horror movie The Blob. His big break came when he replaced Sammy Davis, Jr. in the film Never So Few which starred Frank Sinatra. The always confident Sinatra took a liking to Steve and urged the director, John Sturges, to “Give the newcomer a break”. Sturges recognizing McQueen’s raw talent, offered him roles in The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. Other classic McQueen films include Bullitt, Papillon, The Sand Pebbles, The Getaway, Le Mans, The Thomas Crown Affair, Junior Bonner, Tom Horn and The Towering Inferno among others. His last film was The Hunter in 1980.
McQueen was a tremendous motorcyclist and racecar driver. When insurance companies for the films allowed, he would perform many of his own stunts. His most famous stunts were performed in The Great Escape where he did much of the bike riding and Bullitt where he did much of the driving. Much to his dismay, the insurance companies would not allow him to perform the most dangerous stunts in either film which he always regretted. Contrary to popular belief, McQueen did not perform the the famous fence jump in The Great Escape. Instead his good friend and stunt driver Bud Ekins made the jump. Steve always made a point to credit Bud Ekins for the jump whenever asked about it during interviews.
His love of racing led to movies and documentaries involving both car and motorcycle racing. He made the film Le Mans in 1971 which is considered one of the best “documentary” films about the racing world. He did much of his own driving in the film. He wanted to enter the actual Le Mans race that year but again the insurance companies intervened. He also made the documentary film On Any Sunday. It follows the lives of motorcycle racers and racing enthusiasts, including actor Steve McQueen. First asking the question “Why do they do it?” this film looks at the people who devote (and sometimes risk) their lives to racing on tracks and off-road courses around the world.
It is considered one of the best documentaries of it’s kind even now. It was funded by his own production company, Solar Productions. He owned dozens of classic motorcycles and exotic sports cars worth millions. He was quite the “Man’s Man”, he rode bikes, flew planes, raced cars and was a 3rd degree black belt in karate. He trained under ninth degree black belt, Pat Johnson. He was also great friends with Martial Arts experts Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. He was a pallbearer at Bruce Lee’s funeral and both inspired and encouraged Chuck Norris to become an actor. Incidentally, both Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris taught Steve’s son, Chad, various forms of martial arts in which he excels as well.
Steve Mcqueen Age
He was born on March 24, 1930 and died on November 7, 1980 at the age of 50 years.
Steve Mcqueen Wife
McQueen was married three times. On November 2, 1956, he married actress Neile Adams, with whom he had a daughter, Terry Leslie who was born on June 5, 1959 and died on March 19, 1998, and a son, Chad who was born on December 28, 1960. McQueen and Adams divorced in 1972.
On August 31, 1973, McQueen married actress Ali MacGraw, his co-star in The Getaway, but this marriage ended in a divorce in 1978. MacGraw suffered a miscarriage during their marriage.
On January 16, 1980, less than a year before his death, McQueen married model Barbara Minty.
Steve Mcqueen Kids – Steve Mcqueen Children – Steve Mcqueen Son
He had a daughter, Terry Leslie who was born on June 5, 1959 and died on March 19, 1998 from respiratory failure after receiving a liver transplant, and a son, Chad who was born on December 28, 1960.
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Steve Mcqueen Grandson
One of McQueen’s four grandchildren is actor Steven R. McQueen. Steven R. McQueen is best known for playing Jeremy Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries. Terry had one daughter, Molly Flattery (1987) and Chad has three children, Steven R. McQueen (1988), Chase (1995) and Madison (1997).
Steve Mcqueen Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Steve Mcqueen Cause of Death – What did Steve Mcqueen Died of
McQueen died of cardiac arrest on November 7, 1980 at the Juárez clinic, 12 hours after surgery to remove or reduce numerous metastatic tumors in his neck and abdomen. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean.
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Steve Mcqueen Movies and TV Shows
Steve Mcqueen Movies – Steve Mcqueen Films
- Girl on the Run – 1953
- Somebody Up There Likes Me – 1956
- Never Love a Stranger – 1958
- The Blob – 1958
- The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery – 1959
- Never So Few – 1959
- The Magnificent Seven – 1960
- The Honeymoon Machine – 1961
- Hell Is for Heroes – 1962
- The War Lover – 1962
- The Great Escape – 1963
- Soldier in the Rain – 1963
- Love with the Proper Stranger – 1963
- Baby the Rain Must Fall – 1965
- The Cincinnati Kid – 1965
- Nevada Smith – 1966
- The Sand Pebbles – 1966
- The Thomas Crown Affair – 1968
- Bullitt – 1968
- The Reivers – 1969
- Le Mans – 1971
- On Any Sunday – 1971
- Junior Bonner – 1972
- The Getaway – 1972
- Papillon – 1973
- The Towering Inferno – 1974
- An Enemy of the People – 1978
- Tom Horn – 1980
- The Hunter – 1980
- 1955 – Goodyear Television Playhouse
- 1956 – The United States Steel Hour
- 1957 – Westinghouse Studio One
- 1957 – Westinghouse Studio One
- 1957 – The West Point Story
- 1957 – The 20th Century Fox Hour
- 1957 – The Big Story
- 1958 – Climax!
- 1958 – Tales of Wells Fargo
- 1958 – Trackdown
- 1958 – Trackdown
- 1958–61 – Wanted Dead or Alive
- 1959 – Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- 1960 – Alfred Hitchcock Presents