Steve McQueen

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Quotes (6)

  • I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts." "Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting." I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it Ill never be as good an actor as I want to be....but I'll be good

  • Steve McQueen: When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it.

  • Steve McQueen: I'm half farmer and half street people. I've been in jail, in reform school. I get goosepimples every time I think of going back to jail...I haven't done bad for a kid from an orphanage.

  • Steve McQueen: (referring to his friend James Garner) I could see that Jim was very neat around his place. Flowers trimmed, no papers in the yard...grass always cut. So, just to piss him off, I'd start lobbing empty beer cans down the hill into his driveway. He'd have his drive all spic 'n' span when he left the house, then get home to find all these empty cans. Took him a long time to figure out it was me.

  • Steve McQueen: If I hadn't made it as an actor, I might have wound up a hood.

  • Steve McQueen: I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth.

Trivia (43)

  • Jack Linkletter: I flew to Munich during my Here's Hollyood show to do interviews with Steve and the cast while they were making The Great Escape. On a free night, Steve got a hold of three Harleys for him, me and Jim Garner to go to Obermensing for a folk fest. Neither Garner nor I had many cycle hours and the narrow streets, humped in the middle and made of cobble stones would have been scary enough, but then to have cars flying by within inches, made Garner and I think it was our last trip anywhere.

  • During his time in the Marines, he saved the lives of five men in the Arctic after a transport ship struck a sandbank during a training exercise. Due to this dramatic event, he was greatly rewarded by becoming part of the honour guard protecting Harry S Truman's yacht.

  • He made his debut on Broadway in 1955, by replacing Ben Gazzara in the play A Hatful of Rain.

  • His only Acadamy Award nomination came from the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles.

  • His first lead role in film came from the 1958 horror movie The Blob.

  • His favourite beer was Old Milwakee Beer.

  • In 1999, he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

  • In his collection Steve owned 210 motorcycles, 55 cars, 5 airplanes and over 10,000 miscellaneous items. Most of which was auctioned off by his family in 1984.

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