Steve McQueen Stories: A Life And Biography Filled With Greatness

By Jacob Shelton
Actor Steve McQueen and wife taking Sulphur bath at home, 1963. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Even though he passed away at the age of 50 in 1980, Great Escape (1963) and Bullitt (1968) star Steve McQueen is eternally cool. Throughout his short time on Earth he drank, he fought, and he tore around on motorcycles and in the fastest cars. The man was a legend who pulled himself out of a small town and became a larger-than-life celebrity, not just a man's man but also a style icon. There’s never been any star who's quite like McQueen, and really how can anyone stand up to the myth of this great leading man? Rather than focus on his untimely death, these are some of the most fascinating and fun stories about a legendary man.