More than 35 years since his death Steve McQueen (1930-1980) is still the "The King of Cool". Indiana born from the school of hard knocks, taking a myriad of jobs including a stint in the Marines to finally make his way to acting and then survive in it. His "cool" as part of the postwar "anti-establishment" movement of antiheroes naturally evolved from his own life experience. His early years themselves would make an fascinating movie. Coming to movies via theatre, the Actors Studio, then Broadway and TV including a hit TV series "Wanted: Dead or Alive", after a bit part in Newman’s first great film "Somebody Up There Likes Me", he starred in the B horror film "The Blob". His success by this stage on TV brought him to the attention of Sinatra replacing Davis Jr. in the hit war film "Never So Few" and after almost stealing from the biggest scene-stealer Brynner in the classic "The Magnificent Seven", he was now a film star in his own right. Several films later another classic "The Great Escape" would bring on the superstar years. "Love with the Proper Stranger", "The Cincinnati Kid", "Nevada Smith", an Oscar nomination for "The Sand Peebles" and perhaps his greatest "Bullitt" a smash, with that iconic car chase that started them all, and then the effective "all style and not much substance" hit "The Thomas Crown Affair" would follow. One of the biggest stars in the world, anti-social, rebellious, moody and often difficult, escaping usually in race cars and motorcycles or dirt bikes (all his passions), unpredictable and never satisfied. His next 4 films were all labours of love, all modestly successful but artistically a mixed bag until the smash "The Getaway" with second wife McGraw, the epic "Papillon" with Hoffman and commercially his biggest with Newman sharing joint first billing, "The Towering Inferno". The highest paid star in the world he was in the Top 10 box-office stars from 67-75 and just outside in 65, 66. In his final years a very sick man with none of his three final films particularly noteworthy, he would die young a superstar, a film legend, famously a timeless cultural icon of style and fashion, of everything "cool."