Think of a Brad Pitt that shoots guns, smokes two packs a day, races motorcycles and Ferraris, gets in fights, has a slew of wives, does his own stunts, flies WWI biplanes, and is the highest paid man in the business.
Steve McQueen was a combative and wild actor whose off screen infamy, appetite for adventure, and Hollywood roles defined the Vietnam-Era anti-hero. As a child, Steve struggled with dyslexia (respect) and bounced around foster homes, eventually settling at the California Boys Republic in Chino California. Here McQueen found footing and sparked his interest in acting.
At the beginning of his acting career, McQueen subsidized his living expenses with winnings from weekend motorcycle races. In 1999, McQueen was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame to commemorate his life-long love and contributions to the sport.
In December of 1979, McQueen was diagnosed with mesothelioma, the topic of many of late night advertisement and holder of the coveted highest pay per click advertisement on Google AdWords. McQueen refused to take his death sentence for granted and went to Mexico to try a sketchy treatment involving coffee enemas. I couldn't make that up. His loosing battle with cancel eventually ended in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua on November 7th 1980. Steve McQueen was a man's man.