Film actor American, born on March 24, 1930 in Slater (mountain) and died on November 6, 1980 in Santa Paula (Mexico). Name Terence Steve McQueen.
Lover of speed, Steve scored a mark as an actor in the viewers of his generation, who admired without qualms that became a symbol of the rebellion of a time that was devoted to change and leave after themselves the heavy burden of the conventional.
His father, a U.S. Navy pilot, repudiated his breeding and left him to his fate. Educated at the reformatory Boy completo Republic in Chino, California, McQueen grew up with an ingrained sense of rebellion, oblivious to any condition of authority. He was merchant marine and farm worker in California olive groves before enlisting in the Navy in 1947.
When he retired from the active service in 1950, he returned to vagrancy and change of trades. He was waiter, worked in the repair of televisions and even became a commercial agent. In 1952 he enrolled at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, an institution of learning Theatre directed by Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. After demonstrating his qualities in classrooms as an actor, McQueen took part in various assemblies of the Second Avenue Yiddish Theater. A stage of training in the prestigious Actor's Studio completed his artistic background before facing his true vocation: the cinema. Throughout the 1950s he continued his apprenticeship, but already in a practical way, as a result of their work in "Pegg or 'My Herat", "Time Out for Ginger", "The Gap" or "The Member of the Wedding", among others.
Shot beyond doubt (1956), by Fritz Lang, and other movies where not even showed his role as rebellious Galán, hardened by life. Made this pattern two hugely successful films, the magnificent seven (1960) and the great escape (1963), both by John Sturges. In them, McQueen proved a solid dramatic ability, charisma of a star and a desire for notoriety that greatly complicated each filming, because the actor refused to be folded into the more dangerous sequences.
Television allowed him to address a series of roles in different series sporadic episodes until in 1958 he was hired by producer Vincent Fennelly to interpret the game rewards Josh Randall in the series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" during four years. It was one of their most interesting stages, which cemented his reputation as a surly and demanding; meticulous with everything he did, he demanded constant changes during filming to give the tone its character.
Admired by a large audience, his presence ensured the success of productions like Bullit (1968), Peter Yates. Produced by the company of the actor, Solar Films, is a film that marked a style in detective movies and action, because famous sequences of Chase through the streets of San Francisco were quickly imitated in subsequent films. Not only was a box office success, but he walks in his "Ford Mustang" were used by automobile advertising in the 1990s. In the final stretch of his career shot other two titles of interest as Papillon (1973), Franklin J. Schaftner, and the towering Inferno (1974), Irwin Allenand John Guillermin.
After divorcing Neile Adams, which remained United for eighteen years, his marriage to the actress Ali McGraw, with whom he worked on the flight (1972), of Sam Peckinpah, was followed closely by the chroniclers of the social life. Unfortunately, soon get married with Karen Wilson, a cancer reaped the life of McQueen at one of the most promising moments of his career.
Works for the cinema: 1956: apart from doubt; Marked by hatred. 1957: Never loves a stranger. 1958: The blob; The great St. Louis robbery. 1959: When boiling blood. 1960: The magnificent seven. 1961: Home on the casino; Command. 1962: The lover of death. 1963: The great escape; Companions in arms and punches; Love with a stranger. 1964: The last attempt. 1965: The King of the game; Nevada Smith; The Yang-Tse in flames. 1968: The case of Thomas Crown; Bullitt. 1969: Thieves. 1971: The 24 hours of Le Mans. 1972: Junior Bonner, King of the rodeo; The flight. 1973: Papillon. 1974: The towering Inferno. 1978: An enemy of the people. 1980: Tom Horn; Hunter hired.
Works for television: 1955: The Chivington Raid ("Goodyear Playhouse" episode). 1956: Bring Me a Dream ("U. S. Stal Hour" episode). 1957: The Defender (episode of "Studio One"); Ambush (episode of "West Point"). 1958: Wanted: Dead or Alive (series); Bill Longley (episode of "Tales of Wells Fargo"); Four Hours in White (episode of "Climax"). 1959: Human Interest Story and Man from the South (episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"). 1963: Thunder in a Forgotten Town (episode of "The Dick Powell Theatre").