Happy Birthday Steve McQueen! “The King of Cool” Would Be 84 Today

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen, one of the world’s greatest actors and the man who brought the Le Mans 24 Hours and the 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 to the silver screen, would have been 84 today.

Terence Steven McQueen was born today in 1930, in Beech Grove, Indiana, to a stunt pilot for a barnstorming flying circus, and an alleged rebellious alcoholic prostitute.  Because of this he was raised by his grandparents on a farm.  When he left the farm to be with his mother in Los Angeles, he became a victim of physical abuse by his stepfathers, thrusting him into the life of a petty criminal in and out of juvenile facilities.  He joined the Marine Corps and turned his life around.  In 1952 he began studying acting and the rest is history.

Steve McQueen passed away on November 7, 1980, in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico of cancer related to asbestos exposure.

Steve McQueen

Some neat facts about the icon…

-He was at the top of Charles Manson’s list and was expected for dinner and the later tragedy at the Polanski-Tate home in the Hollywood hills.  He was detoured by a mystery woman who caught his attention and never made it.

-He was slated to play Rambo, but because of his death, it was given to Sylvester Stallone.  Can you imagine?

-Was also set to star alongside Paul Newman in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ but declined.  Robert Redford was given the role of Sundance and today we have the Redford’s world famous Sundance Film Festival!

-He was an avid dirt bike rider and airplane pilot – of which he owned several of each.

-He was a pallbearer at the funeral of actor Bruce Lee.

-He owned several exotic sports cars, including:

Porsche 917, Porsche 908 and Ferrari 512 race cars from the Le Mans film.  1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso Berlinetta, Jaguar D-Type XKSS, Porsche 356 Speedster, and a 1962 Cobra.

-Actors Colin Farrell, Kevin Costner, Pierce Brosnan and Bruce Willis have all listed McQueen as their hero and inspiration for being an actor.

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘DEAD MAN DOWN’ Starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace

 

Just released is the first trailer for the upcoming crime thriller ’Dead Man Down’ due out March 8th, 2013.

The movie is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who also directed the original version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, and stars Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard.

Here’s the official synopsis…

“Following the cinematic phenomenon ‘The Girl With the DragonTattoo,’ acclaimed filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev and brooding beauty Noomi Rapace reunite for another thrilling tale of vengeance.  Colin Farrell joins the prestigious team as brave enforcer Victor, right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City.  He seeks to avenge the death of his wife and daughter caused by his boss.  When his employer is threatened by a mysterious killer, Victor also becomes detective.  Victor is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), a victim turned avenger whose intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis.  From producer Neal Moritz (‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise, ‘I Am Legend’) and Joel Wyman (‘Fringe’, ‘Keen Eddie’) comes a triumphant action thriller, a powerful portrait of the relationship between two people caught in the crosshairs of revenge.”

Tell us what you think!

 

Watch: ‘Epic’ movie trailer from the makers of ‘Ice Age’

From Blue Sky Studios, the creators of ‘Ice Age’ and ‘Rio’, comes a new animated film titled ‘Epic’ featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis, Johnny Knoxville, and Steven Tyler.

A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours.

Check out the trailer featuring the song The Lightning Strike by Snow Patrol…

Queen Beyonce

Move over Elizabeth, there’s a new queen in town. Beyonce is back and has just been chosen to be the voice of Queen Tara in an upcoming 3-D flick from the makers of “Ice Age” and “Rio.” Twentieth Century Fox has just announed the new CGI-animated film “Epic,” also starring Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Steven Tyler, and more.

The film tells the tale of a teenage girl that enters a secret world in which she must save, all while encountering interesting characters along the way. This is the first reported role that Beyonce has confirmed since she left the entertainment world on maternity leave.

The movie is scheduled to be released May 24, 2013, which means that Blue Ivy will probably have to wait a few years before she can see her mommy as Queen on the big screen.

Steven McQueen was born on this day in 1930

Terence Steven McQueen was born today in 1930, in Beach Grove, Indiana. He passed away on November 7, 1980, in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Can you tell us the year, make, and model of the car he used in the movie ‘Bullitt’?

Some neat facts about the icon…
-He was at the top of Charles Manson’s list and was expected for dinner and the later tragedy at the Polanski-Tate home in the Hollywood hills. He was detoured by a mystery woman who caught his attention and never made it.
-He was slated to play Rambo, but because of his death, it was given to Sylvester Stallone. Can you imagine??
-Was also set to star alongside Paul Newman in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ but declined.
-He was a pallbearer at the funeral of actor Bruce Lee.
-Actors Colin Farrell, Kevin Costner, Pierce Brosnan and Bruce Willis have all listed McQueen as their hero and inspiration for being an actor.