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Steve McQueen

Born Mar 24, 1930

Terrence Stephen "Steve" McQueen 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Steve McQueen.


The Beech Grove, Indiana, Public Library formally dedicated the Steve McQueen Birthplace Collection on March 16, 2010 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of McQueen's birth on March 24, 1930. … Read More


1947 17 Years Old In 1947, McQueen joined the United States Marine Corps and was promoted to private first class and assigned to an armored unit. … Read More


1950 20 Years Old McQueen served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged. … Read More
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In 1952, with financial assistance provided by the G.I. Bill, McQueen began studying acting at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse.
1953 23 Years Old He appeared as a musical judge in an episode of ABC's Jukebox Jury, that aired in the 1953–1954 season.
1955 25 Years Old 1 More Event
McQueen had minor roles in productions including Peg o' My Heart, The Member of the Wedding, and Two Fingers of Pride. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the play A Hatful of Rain, starring Ben Gazzara.
1956 26 Years Old McQueen was married three times and had two children. On November 2, 1956, he married actress Neile Adams, with whom he had a daughter, Terry Leslie (June 5, 1959 – March 19, 1998), and a son, Chad (born December 28, 1960).
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McQueen then filmed the pilot episode, which became the series titled Wanted: Dead or Alive, which aired on CBS in September 1958. … Read More


1961 31 Years Old McQueen considered being a professional race car driver. He had a one off outing in the British Touring Car Championship in 1961, driving a BMC Mini at Brands Hatch, finishing 3rd.
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McQueen played the lead in the next big Sturges film, 1963's The Great Escape, Hollywood's fictional depiction of the true story of a historical mass escape from a World War II POW camp, Stalag Luft III. … Read More
1966 36 Years Old McQueen earned his only Academy Award nomination in 1966 for his role as an engine-room sailor in The Sand Pebbles, in which he stars opposite Candice Bergen and Richard Attenborough (with whom he'd previously worked in The Great Escape).
He followed his Oscar nomination with 1968's Bullitt, one of his best-known films, which co-starred Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn and Don Gordon. … Read More


In the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring race, Peter Revson and McQueen (driving with a cast on his left foot from a motorcycle accident two weeks earlier) won with a Porsche 908/02 in the 3 litre class and missed winning overall by 23 seconds to Mario Andretti/Ignazio Giunti/Nino Vaccarella in a 5-litre Ferrari 512S.
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In 1971, McQueen's Solar Productions funded the classic motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, in which McQueen is featured, along with racing legends Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. … Read More
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McQueen and Adams divorced in 1972.
1973 43 Years Old On August 31, 1973, McQueen married actress Ali MacGraw, his co-star in The Getaway, but this marriage ended in divorce in 1978. … Read More
1974 44 Years Old By the time of The Getaway, McQueen was the world's highest paid actor. But after 1974's The Towering Inferno, co-starring with his long-time professional rival Paul Newman and reuniting him with Dunaway, became a tremendous box-office success, McQueen all but disappeared from the public eye, to focus on motorcycle racing and traveling around the country in a motorhome and on his vintage Indian motorcycles. … Read More
1978 48 Years Old McQueen developed a persistent cough in 1978. … Read More


…  He was under contract to Irwin Allen after appearing in The Towering Inferno and offered a part in a sequel in 1980, which he turned down. … Read More
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