Date of Birth : 1930-03-24
Deceased : 1980-11-07
Biography Steve McQueen
Steven Terrence McQueen was born on March 24, 1930, in Beech Grove, Indiana. One of the most popular film actors of the 1960s and ’70s, Steve McQueen was known for his rugged good looks and cool, tough guy persona. Some of most memorable films include The Great Escape (1963), Bullitt (1968), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and The Getaway (1972). For race fans his appearance in the legendary Le Mans movie is probably the most importance as is his saying.
Life is Racing. Everything else is just waiting.
In his childhood Steve McQueen was raised mainly by his grand-uncle after his mother left his father in his early youth. At the age of 12 he got reunited with his natural mother, and they moved to Los Angeles where he got involved with some local gangs. After he got caught stealing hubcaps from cars, he was sent to the California Junior Boys’ Republic in Chino and barely got visit from his mother, making him feel abandoned.
Despite that feeling, Steve McQueen joined his mother in 1946, living in NYC at the time. As he was forced to live separated from her, he took off, to become a merchant mariner aboard the SS Alpha. Not exactly his dream job and he resigned while the ship was docked in the Dominican Republic.Before returning to the USA he worked as a towel boy in a brothel, to finally end up in the USA and joining the US Marine Corps to become a tank driver. After being discharged in 1950 Steve McQueen changed both jobs and places to live on a frequent base. With support from the G.I. Bill, McQueen enrolled at the Neighborhood Playhouse run by Sanford Meisner in 1951.His first role as an actor was a bit part in a Yiddish theatrical production. As it turned out he was talented, he won a scholarship to study at the Uta Hagen-Herbert Berghof School in 1952. Just a few years later, he was accepted to the prestigious Actors Studio, where he studied with Lee Strasberg.