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#4 Favorite Actor of the 1960′s ~ Steve McQueen

09 Jul

Sexy, masculine, rugged and coined the phrase anti-hero, Steve McQueen was an Academy Award-nominated and nicknamed “The King of Cool”. He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen was combative with directors and producers; regardless, he was able to command large salaries and was in high demand. He defined what being “cool” was (and is) and is imitated by today’s major movie actors, but none comes close. There was only one Steve McQueen.
The career of Steve McQueen seems a classic example of the American dream made real, of a small town boy triumphing over adversity-broken home, poor education-to become one of the richest and most sought-after superstars in the world. He was a man who finally found the love he never knew as a child in the adoration of the millions of adoring fans who flocked to every action-packed screen adventure graced by his rugged, tanned, and quizzical good looks. McQueen lived every day as if it was his last, and by doing so he lived an extraordinary life, both on screen and off. McQueen’s films are considered classics. Movies such as The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), Nevada Smith, Bullitt (which became the basis for police action movies and to this day has the most exciting car chase ever filmed), The Getaway (where he met his second wife, actress Ali McGraw), Papillon, and many others.
He died a shocking, early death at the age of fifty on November 7, 1980, after suffering from mesothelioma, a rare and painful form of lung cancer.
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