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Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen [3]

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Born:March 24, 1930
Died:November 7, 1980 (50)
Filmography Rating:6.90 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.71 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.35 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86.33%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Magnificent Seven [1960](30) => Vin Tanner
The Great Escape [1963](33) => Capt. Hilts "The Cooler King"
The Thomas Crown Affair [1968](38) => Thomas Crown

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Great Escape [1963]
  • Hilts (Steve McQueen) strings a wire across the road to obtain a motorcycle. McQueen himself played the German motorcyclist who hits the wire.
  • The motorcycle scenes were not based on real life but were added at Steve McQueen's suggestion.
  • Steve McQueen also personally attempted the jump across the border fence, but crashed. The jump was successfully performed by [?] Bud Ekins.
  • The real-life escape was on the night of 24 March 1944, and the ground was snow-covered. The German town near the prison camp, called Neustadt in the film, was really Sagan (now Zagan, Poland). Steve McQueen was born on March 24th.
  • The gold medallion Steve McQueen wears throughout the film was a present from his wife.
    The Magnificent Seven [1960]
  • Steve McQueen wanted to act in this film but couldn't at first because the schedule of his TV series, [Wanted: Dead or Alive], wouldn't allow it. He crashed a car and while he was "out sick", he shot this film.
  • Yul Brynner (5'10") was concerned to make sure he always appeared substantially taller than Steve McQueen (5'9 1/2"), to the point of making a little mound of earth and standing on it in all their shots together. McQueen, for his part, casually kicked at the mound every time he passed by it.
    Quigley Down Under [1990]
  • The film was to have been Steve McQueen's follow-up to The Hunter, but he fell ill shortly after filming The Hunter, so the project was scrapped.
    The Thomas Crown Affair [1968]
  • Of all of the films that Steve McQueen made in his career, this is reported to have been his favorite.
    Cowboys & Aliens [2011]
  • Daniel Craig was chosen because of his distinct likeness to Steve McQueen, who starred in the cowboy epic The Magnificent Seven.
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1977]
  • Steven Spielberg had approached Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, and Gene Hackman for the role of Roy Neary. Jack Nicholson was also considered. McQueen turned the role down because he said he wasn't able to cry on film.