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McQueen moved into film in 1956 with Somebody Up There Likes Me, securing his first lead role in the 1958 movie The Blob. Between 1958 and 1960 he gained recognition with the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive. His breakthrough, however, came in 1963 with The Great Escape, and his fame peaked in 1968 with Bullitt. Before, he had already earned an Academy Award nomination for the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles. From then on he mixed character roles in works such as 1973's Papillon, with pure spectacle in the 1971 car races film Le Mans or in The Getaway in 1972. After The Towering Inferno in 1974, McQueen did not return to film until 1978, when he played in An Enemy of the People.
McQueen was a motorcycles and race cars enthusiast. He liked fast machines, and when he had the opportunity to drive these vehicles in a movie, he did it himself, performing many of his own stunts. During his acting career he even seriously considered becoming a professional race car driver.
McQueen was married to Neile Adams from 1957 until their divorce in 1972; from this marriage he had a son and a daughter. He married actress Ali McGraw in 1973 and divorced her in 1978. He was married to Barbara Minty in January 1980.
After 1978 he appeared only in two further films before he died in November of 1980, only 50 years old, in Juárez, Mexico due to a heart attack following last-ditch lung cancer treatment.
Steve McQueen Facts
|Birth Name||Terence Steven McQueen|
|Birthday||March 24, 1930|
|Birthplace||Beech Grove, Indiana, USA|
|Date of death||November 7, 1980 (age 50)|
|Height||5' 9" (1m75) How tall is Steve McQueen compared to you?|
|Awards||2009 BAFTA Awards: The Carl Foreman award for special achievement (for Hunger)|
|The Magnificent Seven|
|The Great Escape|
|The Sand Pebbles|
|Wanted: Dead or Alive|