Fank Sinatra saw Steve McQueen in his western TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) and requested him to take Sammy Davis Jr.’s role in Never So Few (1959). Davis had said in an interview he thought he was bigger than Sinatra in the entertainment world at that time. Since Davis’ role in the film was originally written as a sidekick, it had to be re-written somewhat for McQueen.
During filming they got along so well that Sinatra wanted McQueen to appear in Ocean’s 11 (1960) as the cowboy Louis Jackson. McQueen was all for it but was convinced otherwise by critic Hedda Hopper, who told him it would not be a wise career move to be known as a Sinatra flunky. McQueen passed on the film, and although there were no hard feelings his brief friendship with Sinatra came to an end.
At his funeral, friends and family members placed items in his coffin that had personal references. These are reported to include ten dimes, several Tootsie Roll candies, a pack of Black Jack chewing gum, a roll of wild cherry Life Savers candy, a ring engraved with the word “Dream”, a mini bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey, a pack of Camel cigarettes and a Zippo cigarette lighter.
The Rules, According to Sinatra
“For me, a tuxedo is a way of life. When an invitation says black tie optional, it is always safer to wear black tie. My basic rules are to have shirt cuffs extended half an inch from the jacket sleeve. Trousers should break just above the shoe. Try not to sit down because it wrinkles the pants. If you have to sit, don’t cross your legs. Pocket handkerchiefs are optional, but I always wear one, usually orange, since orange is my favorite color. Shine your Mary Janes on the underside of a couch cushion.”
1. It takes two hands to put on a hat the right way: Back brim curled up, front tugged down to a couple of inches above the right brow.
2. Never wear brown at night. Never.
3. There’s no excuse for brown shoes past sundown…. Or white shoes. Or anything gray, unless it’s deep charcoal. Or blue, unless it’s midnight blue. In fact, let’s keep it simple: after dark, men should wear black.
4. Ties should be silk. And conservative.
5. Cuff links always. But leave the fancy jewelry to Sammy.
6. When dressing formally, a vest is better than a cummerbund.
7. Don’t wear a tuxedo on Sunday.
8. Having messy closets is like putting on clean clothes over dirty underwear.
9. The shower is a great place to steam out the wrinkles in your dinner jacket.
10. Orange is the happiest color.
11. Don’t hide your scars. They make you who you are.
12. When it comes to pockets, everything should have its own place.
13. A pocket handkerchief is essential, but it needs to be perfectly folded.
14. Shine your shoes.
15. Trim. Buff. Clean.
16. Take your hand off the suit, creep.