Steven McQueen had an extensive career in television and films. Renowned by the nickname ‘The King of Cool,’ the roles played by him were that of reticent antihero that connected strongly with the masses. In 1953, ‘Girl on the Run’ marked his debut where he appeared in an uncredited role. This was followed by another uncredited role in ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me.’
His first major role came in the 1958 film ‘The Blob,’ in which he played the lead. He hogged the limelight for his performance in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ in 1954. It was followed by a trail of unsuccessful films. He bounced back with ‘The Great Escape,’ which not only became one of the top-grossing films of the year but also earned him an award at the ‘Moscow International Film Festival.’
For his performance in ‘Love with the Proper Stranger,’ he earned a ‘Golden Globe Award’ nomination. His only ‘Academy Award’ nomination came for his performance in ‘The Sand Pebbles.’ He attained commercial and critical success with ‘The Cincinnati Kid.’ Steve then appeared in ‘Le Mans’ that bombed at the box-office and left him bankrupt.
Some of his other noteworthy works include ‘The Reivers,’ ‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ ‘Bullitt,’ ‘The Getaway,’ ‘Junior Bonner,’ ‘Papillion,’ ‘The Towering Inferno.’ etc. He took a four-year hiatus and returned to acting with ‘An Enemy of the People.’ Before his death he appeared in two more films, ‘The Hunter,’ and ‘Tom Horn.’