Truly one of the most loved actors of his generation. Steve McQueen was known for his wild antics and crazy lifestyle. He loved motorcycles and fast cars. He performed most of his stunts and many he wasn't supposed to. He played many great roles but was most known for Papillon (1973), Bullitt (1968), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), The Sand Pebbles (1966), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Great Escape (1963) and The Magnificent Seven (1960). Girls wanted to do him and men wanted to be him.
Of the 2000 performers that auditioned for Lee Strasberg's exclusive Actors' Studio in 1955, only two were accepted: Martin Landau and McQueen.
Ranked #30 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
A week before the Woodstock Music Festival kicked off in Bethel, New York, McQueen had been invited for dinner at the Roman Polanski-Sharon Tate home in the Hollywood hills by mutual friend and hairdresser-to the-stars, Jay Sebring. An unexpected rendezvous with a mystery woman prompted him to cancel his appointment. In the wake of the Manson Family Tate-LaBianca murders at, respectively, 10050 Cielo Drive and 3301 Waverly Drive, McQueen would later learn that he was accorded the kind of priority billing for which he was unprepared: he topped Charles Manson's celebrity death list. Thereafter he carried a concealed weapon. (see also: Jerzy Kosinski and Jeremy Lloyd.) [8 August 1969]
Although he was the highest paid star of the 1960s Steve McQueen had a reputation for being tightfisted. On some films he would demand 10 electric razors, and dozens of pairs of jeans. It was later found out he gave this stuff to Boys Republic, a private school and treatment community for troubled youngsters, where he spent a few years himself.
Issued a Private Pilots license by the FAA in 1979 after learning to fly in a STEARMAN BI-PLANE which he purchased for that purpose. After his death it was sold at auction with a large collection of vehicles by the estate in 1982.
Father of actor Chad McQueen.
Trained in Tang Soo Do with 9th degree blackbelt Pat E. Johnson (NOT Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris as is popularly believed.) His son was trained in karate by Norris. Lee trained him in Jeet Kune Do.
Served in the United States Marine Corps.
Was diagnosed with a form of lung cancer, mesothelioma, which is related to asbestos exposure, although McQueen had been a heavy smoker as well. He wore an asbestos-insulated racers suit in his race cars, and possibly was exposed to the harmful insulating material during his stint in the Marines. His first wife recalled many instances when he had recklessly exposed himself to the harmful substance by soaking a rag in liquid asbestos and placing it over his mouth while racing cars.
Was cremated and had his ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#19). 
Was a pallbearer at the funeral of actor Bruce Lee.
Dropped out of school in 9th grade.
Stepfather of Josh Evans.
McQueen proposed the idea for a film The Bodyguard (1992), but this was forgotten for 16 long years, until 1992 when Kevin Costner revived it. 
His role in Never So Few (1959) was originally going to be played by Sammy Davis Jr.. A feud had broken out between Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra after he had claimed in a radio interview that he was a greater singer than Sinatra. Sinatra demanded he be dropped from the cast, and thus McQueen received his breakthrough role.
Diagnosed with mesothelioma lung cancer on December 22, 1979, but kept his terminal illness a secret up until over a month before his death.
Died from two heart attacks at 3:45 am on November 7 1980, less than 24 hours after undergoing successful surgery to remove the cancerous tumors in his stomach. According to the doctor present at the operation, his right lung was entirely cancerous.
Sheryl Crow made a song titled 'Steve McQueen' as a tribute to him. It is featured on the album 'C'mon C'mon'.
The original script of The Towering Inferno (1974) called for McQueen's character to have more lines of dialogue than that of Paul Newman's. McQueen insisted that the script be changed so that he and Newman would have the same number of lines. He believed that his talent was superior to Newman's and he wanted the critical criteria to be as equal as possible.
Father of Terry McQueen
Was originally slated to star with Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969); however, due to a disagreement over the billing, he left the project. Ironically, the billing method was used several years later when he and Newman starred together in The Towering Inferno (1974).
He was very interested in playing John Rambo in the adaptation of the novel "First Blood". He was actually slated to star, but did not due to his death. Sylvester Stallone got the role instead.
The band Drive-By Truckers have the tribute song "Steve McQueen" featured on their 1998 album Gangstabilly.
Along with Martin Sheen and James Dean, is mentioned in R.E.M.'s song "Electrolite".
After being told his lung cancer was inoperable, he went to a health clinic in Mexico to undergo a controversial "apricot pit" therapy that is still banned in the United States.
Was the first of the original The Magnificent Seven (1960) to pass away. As of 2005, all except for Robert Vaughn are dead. Eli Wallach is still alive as of 16 November 2005
Appears, helmeted and uncredited, as a motorcyclist in the 1976 B-movie Dixie Dynamite (1976), starring Warren Oates and Christopher George. Legend has it that the call went out for dirt bike riders to take part in this low-budget action adventure, and among those who turned up was McQueen. Heavily bearded and overweight, McQueen kept a low profile - this was during his reclusive period when he was turning down multi-million dollar offers to make movies like A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Apocalypse Now (1979) - and was only 'rumbled' when he queued up to accept his day's payment: about 120 dollars. The astonished gopher handing out the cash saw his name on a list and said "Is that THE Steve McQueen?". McQueen's riding style - standing on his foot pedals, leaning forward, head over the handlebars - makes him immediately identifiable to bike buffs.
He was voted the 56th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
The "King of Cool" became a born again Christian shortly before he died, due to the influence of his third wife Barbara Minty and his flying instructor Sammy Mason. It is interesting to note that this conversion happened before he was diagnosed with cancer, meaning it was probably genuine. McQueen's favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 which reads, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
In the sixties, he publically threatened to break Howard Hughes nose if Hughes did not stop harassing Mamie Van Doren, a woman both men had had affairs with, but at different times. Needless to say, Hughes never bothered Van Doren again.
When he first met Martin Landau, McQueen told Landau he had already met him. Landau, who didn't remember McQueen, asked where? McQueen told him he was on the back of James Dean's motorbike when Dean came in for repairs at a NYC garage. The motorcyle mechanic at the garage was non-other than McQueen.
After the huge success of "The Towering Inferno" (1974), McQueen announced that any producer wishing to acquire his services would have to send a check for $1.5 million along with the script. If he liked the script and wanted to make the movie, he'd cash the check; the producer then owned him another $1.5 million. He'd keep his half of his $3 million salary if the producer couldn't come up with the other half. McQueen likely used this then-unprecedented pay-or- play arrangement to guarantee the six-year semi-retirement he undertook after "Inferno," in which he appeared in only one picture, the vanity project "An Enemy of the People" (1978). When he did return to commercial filmmaking, his price was $3 million.
He was voted the 31st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
Appeared with James Coburn and Charles Bronson in two films, both of which were directed by John Sturges: The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963).
According to military records released by the Pentagon in 2005, Marine Private First Class Steve McQueen was confined to base for being absent without leave. McQueen as confined for 30 days and fined $90 after being AWOL from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. McQueen joined the Marines Corps at 17 and worked as a tank driver and mechanic, which the documents indicated may have spurred a lifelong interest in vehicles, especially motorcycles. He received a commendation for rescuing five Marines in a training accident, and took advantage of military educational benefits to study at the Actors' Studio in New York City.
Died of the same cause (lung cancer) as his _Magnificent Seven, The (1960)_ co-star Yul Brynner.
Appeared with Eli Wallach in both his first major successful film (The Magnificent Seven (1960)) and his last ever film (The Hunter (1980)).
Appeared in three different films with Robert Vaughn: The Magnificent Seven (1960), Bullitt (1968) and The Towering Inferno (1974).
When he briefly left The Great Escape (1963) during filming due to the fact that his character did not play as large a part as he would have liked, it was James Coburn and James Garner that convinced him to return. Because of its huge success and continuing popularity, it has become his best known role.
Always resented the fact that Horst Buchholz was cast as Chico in The Magnificent Seven (1960), the role he had initially wanted.
Like the coolest movie stars, was strongly connected to Triumph motorcycles, riding a 650cc TR6 Trophy in The Great Escape and competing on the same model in the 1964 International Six Days Trial held in East Germany. Photographs of his desert racing also show him upon this model. He also visited Triumph's Meriden factory in 1964 and 1965 for collection and preparation of his motorcycles.
In the movie "SWAT", the character Jim Street (Colin Farrell) has a poster of McQueen's movie "Bullitt" in his apartment. In real life, Colin Farrell frequently cites McQueen as one of his idols and influences as an actor.
His production company was Solar Productions, Inc.
Of all the characters he ever played, he frequently cited Lt. Frank Bullitt from "Bullitt" as his all time favorite character.
The last words he uttered on screen were "God bless you" in The Hunter (1980).
His only two appearances at the Academy Awards was as a presenter: (1964) Presented the Oscar for Best Sound. (1965) Holding hands with Claudia Cardinale presented the Oscar again for Best Sound
Became a born again Christian after going through bible studies with the Rev. Billy Graham.
Shortly before filming began on Tom Horn (1980), he had quit smoking cigarettes. His somewhat "squashed" appearance in the movie was due to a crash diet.
Former father-in-law of Stacey Toten.
Grandfather of 'Steven R. McQueen '.
Grandfather of Steven R. McQueen.
McQueen's name somehow appeared on President Richard Nixon's "List of Enemies" in 1972. In reality, McQueen was conservative in his political beliefs, with a strong belief in self-help. In 1963 he had declined to participate in the March on Washington for civil rights, and in 1968 he refused to join many of his Hollywood peers in supporting Senator Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign. An incredulous Ali MacGraw asked McQueen how he could have been considered a threat by Nixon, adding, "You are the most patriotic person I know." McQueen responded to the whole affair by flying an enormous American flag outside his house.