Steve McQueen

Actor, Producer, Sailor
A brooding performer with a rebellious streak and a proclivity for speed, actor Steve McQueen forever changed the definition of the Hollywood leading man with roles as quiet, but tough protagonists who sought their own ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1930 in Beech Grove, Indiana, USA


Actor (30)

Dust to Glory 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Hunter 1980 (Movie)

"Papa" Ralph Thorson (Actor)

Tom Horn 1980 (Movie)

Tom Horn (Actor)

An Enemy of the People 1977 (Movie)

Dr Thomas Stockmann (Actor)

Papillon 1973 (Movie)

Papillon (Actor)

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

Fire Chief O'Hallorhan (Actor)

Junior Bonner 1972 (Movie)

Junior Bonner (Actor)

Le Mans 1971 (Movie)

Michael Delaney (Actor)

The Getaway 1971 (Movie)

Doc McCoy (Actor)

The Reivers 1969 (Movie)

Boon Hogganbeck (Actor)

Bullitt 1968 (Movie)

Frank Bullitt (Actor)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Movie)

Thomas Crown (Actor)

The Sand Pebbles 1966 (Movie)

Holman (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)


Baby, the Rain Must Fall 1965 (Movie)

Henry Thomas (Actor)

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Nevada Smith/Max Sand (Actor)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

Cincinnati Kid (Actor)

Love With the Proper Stranger 1963 (Movie)

Rocky Papasano (Actor)

Soldier in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

Supply Sgt Eustis Clay (Actor)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

"Cooler King" Hilts (Actor)

Hell Is For Heroes 1961 (Movie)

Reese (Actor)

The Honeymoon Machine 1961 (Movie)

Lt Fergie Howard (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/13/60) 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)


The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

Vin (Actor)

Never So Few 1959 (Movie)

Bill Ringa (Actor)

Never Love a Stranger 1958 (Movie)

Martin Cabell (Actor)

The Blob 1958 (Movie)

Steve Andrews (Actor)

The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery 1958 (Movie)

George Fowler (Actor)

The Defender 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)


Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 (Movie)

Fidel (Actor)


A brooding performer with a rebellious streak and a proclivity for speed, actor Steve McQueen forever changed the definition of the Hollywood leading man with roles as quiet, but tough protagonists who sought their own methods outside the bounds of authority. Dubbed "The King of Cool," McQueen ushered in a new breed of antiheroes who commanded the begrudging respect - along with large salaries - of studio producers and directors, while attracting millions of moviegoer fans around the world. Though he made a name for himself as the star of the popular Western series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (CBS, 1958-1961), McQueen nearly stole the rug from under star Yul Brynner in the acclaimed movie "The Magnificent Seven" (1960). He next portrayed a brash, but wily escape artist in "The Great Escape" (1963) before giving acclaimed performances in "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965) and "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), the latter of which earned him his only Academy Award nomination. Following a small break from the screen, McQueen entered into his most memorable phase with "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968) and "Bullitt" (1968), which featured what many considered to be the greatest car chase ever seen on film. After the underperforming race movie "Le Mans" (1971), he had one of the biggest hits of the year with "The Getaway" (1972) and delivered a solid turn as an escaped prisoner in "Papillion" (1973). Following the epic disaster movie, "The Towering Inferno" (1974), McQueen's career hit a down slope that was later revealed to be the result of his battle with lung cancer. Though his life and career were cut short at age 50, McQueen remained one of the most iconic and beloved film stars of the latter half of the 20th century.


Jullian Berri

born in 1910 alcoholic married at least one other time after divorced from McQueen's father left son in care of her uncle and mother died on October 15, 1965

Lillian Crawford

helped to raise him

Barbara Leigh

acted opposite McQueen in "Junior Bonner"

Ali MacGraw Actor

Became involved during the filming of "The Getaway" (1972) Married 1973 Filed for divorce in November 1977 Divorced 1978

William McQueen

abandoned McQueen's mother died in 1959 McQueen attempted to locate his father but found his widow three months after father's death

Terry McQueen

headed a film production company born on June 5, 1959 died on March 12, 1998 of respiratory failure at age 38 mother, Neile Adams survived by a daughter Molly, born c. 1987

Chad McQueen

born on December 28, 1960 mother, Neile Adams

Neile McQueen-Toffel Actor

Introduced by mutual friend Mark Rydell whom she had dated Married November 1956; assisted McQueen in choosing scripts during their marriage Reportedly McQueen turned abusive in the early 1970s while overindulging in drugs and alcohol; separated 1971

Barbara Minty

Began relationship 1977 Married Jan. 16, 1980 until his death Nov. 7, 1980

Claude Thomson

mother's uncle helped to raise McQueen


The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1951

Boys Republic Reform School

Chino , California 1945 - 1946



First disgnosed with cancer caused by exposure to asbestos


Starred in Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" (directed by George Schaefer); film sat on shelf for years and received only limited distribution


Presided over listless all-star project, "The Towering Inferno"; reteamed onscreen with Paul Newman


Inspired performance as "Papillon", the man who defies solitary confinement, madness and aging to become a wistful genius of survival


Teamed with Sam Peckinpah for two pictures, the captivating rodeo comedy-drama "Junior Bonner" and "The Getaway", an enjoyable film built around a chase


Returned behind the wheel for "Le Mans"; film was a pet project that began with no script and John Sturges at the helm; Sturges dropped out after shooting many racing sequences


Ventured into (William) Faulkner country for "The Reivers"


Offered a superb performance as as rough, surly cop "Bullitt", particularly behind the wheel for one of the screen's all-time best car chases through streets of San Francisco


Cast against type as the suave mastermind of Jewison's "The Thomas Crown Affair"


Played "Nevada Smith", directed by Henry Hathaway


Second film with Wise, "The Sand Pebbles"; nominated for Best Actor Oscar


Acted the title role in Norman Jewison's "The Cincinnati Kid"


Competed on USA team in motorcycle race


Reteamed with Sturges, soaring as the motorcyle-riding American amidst mostly Brits in "The Great Escape"


Developed his screen persona further as a surly, rebellious, busted NCO in Don Siegel's "Hell Is for Heroes"


Formed Solar Productions


Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven" reinforced him as a laconic loner in action


First film with director John Sturges, "Never So Few"


Staged an "accident" in order to get out of TV series commitment to act in a feature


Attracted attention for his first starring turn in "The Blob", a campy classic of cheap 1950s sci-fi


Introduced character of Josh Randall in episode of "Trackdown", starring Robert Culp


Broadway debut, replacing Ben Gazzara as Johnny Pope in "A Hatful of Rain"; fired after six weeks


Feature debut in small role of Fidel in Robert Wise's "Somebody Up There Likes Me", starring Paul Newman


Returned to NYC


Served in US Marine Corps as a tank driver


Moved with mother to Greenwich Village in NYC; lived with gay neighbor


Ran away to California to live with mother and stepfather

Raised in Slater, Missouri by a grandmother and great-uncle

Took 18-month sabbatical from acting in order to pursue hobby of racing

Sick with cancer, made his final two films, "Tom Horn" (bad) and "The Hunter" (perhaps his worst movie), playing a bounty hunter in each

Starred as bounty hunter of few words Josh Randall in CBS series, "Wanted: Dead or Alive"

Bonus Trivia


McQueen was reportedly on the Manson family's hit list. In a twist of fate, he was supposed to have dinner with Sharon Tate on the night she was murdered but met a young woman with whom he decided to have a one-night stand.