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.

Is there any question that Steve McQueen is the King of coolness?
Take any actor of nowadays and compare them to McQueen, i meant ACTORS, no sleezy wannabes...

In my opinion none of those hyped stars have the potential to act like McQueen:
as a serious actor on one side in Papillon and on the other site just be cool as in The Getaway by Sam Pekinpah.

Another successful film came in 1968 with Bullitt, with an unprecedented (and endlessly imitated) auto chase through San Francisco, with Bud Ekins again doubling for some of the more hazardous work. Prior to that, McQueen earned his only Academy Award nomination for the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles. McQueen also appeared in 1973's Papillon, the 1971 car race drama Le Mans, and in The Getaway in 1972.

Rudy Butler: That's a walk-in bank. You don't have to be Dillinger for this one.
Carter 'Doc' McCoy: Dillinger got killed.
Rudy Butler: Not in a bank.

The smile, the eyes, the body, the angles - they were McQueen's tools. If they were all he'd had at his disposal, he might still have become a leading actor, maybe even a star. That he became an icon stemmed in part from his understanding of acting in general and screen acting in particular.


Thompson's script included a borderline-surrealistic ending from his novel featuring the kingdom of El Rey, a Mexican town filled with criminals. McQueen objected to the depressing ending and had Thompson replaced by screenwriter Walter Hill. Peckinpah read Hill's draft and the screenwriter remembered that he did not make many changes: "we made it nonperiod and we added a little more action".

The Getaway

Throughout his life, Sam Peckinpah was plagued by alcoholism, drug addiction, and, according to some, mental illness (possibly manic depression or paranoia). He was married three times. His personality reportedly often swung between a sweet, soft-spoken, artistic disposition and bouts of rage and violence during which he often verbally and physically abused himself and others. He was fascinated with guns and was known to shoot the mirrors in his house during his benders.

The Getaway

The Getaway


Peckinpah originally wanted actor Jack Palance to play the role of Rudy Butler but could not afford his salary. Impressed by his performance in Panic in Needle Park, Hill recommended Richard Bright. Bright had worked with McQueen 14 years before but he did not have the threatening physique that McQueen pictured for Butler because they were the same height. Peckinpah got along famously with Bright and cast him as the train station con man instead.

The Getaway

The Getaway
Directed bySam Peckinpah
Produced byMitchell Brower
David Foster
Written byWalter Hill
Based onThe Getaway by
Jim Thompson
StarringSteve McQueenAli MacGraw
Music byQuincy Jones
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Editing byRobert L. Wolfe
StudioFirst Artists
Solar Productions
Foster-Brower Productions
Distributed byNational General Pictures
Release date(s)December 13, 1972 (1972-12-13)
Running time122 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$36,734,619

Video: The Getaway


Al Lettieri was brought to Peckinpah's attention by producer Albert Ruddy who was working with the actor on The Godfather. Like Peckinpah, Lettieri was a heavy drinker which caused problems during filming due to his unpredictable behavior.

Steve McQueen

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.