Terence Steven Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an actor. Called The King of Cool, his anti-hero persona, developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s.
In 1973 McQueen flew to England to meet Oliver Reed and discuss a possible film collaboration. Reed showed me his country mansion and we got on well, recalled McQueen. He then suggested he take me to his favorite London nightclub. The drinking, which started at Reed’s home, Broome Hall, continued into the night until Reed could hardly stand. Suddenly, and with no apparent warning, he vomited over McQueen’s shirt and trousers. The staff rushed around and found me some new clothes, but they couldn’t get me any shoes, said McQueen. I had to spend the rest of the night smelling of Oliver Reed’s sick.
Steve McQueen was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world’s most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular culture.