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Steve McQueen: King Of Cool

Steve McQueen: King Of Cool

Full article written and shared to us by ROX - examining how this anti-hero became ‘The King of Cool’, providing insight into his difficult upbringing, impeccable style and impressive career on the silver screen.

Steve McQueen's Style

"He would just get dressed in a quick second and always look great. I never saw him once get out of something to get into something else." - Chad McQueen, Son

Defining Features Classic and simple Clean-cut Masculine Bad boy edge Signature Looks Double denim with chukka or desert boots Roll neck jumper with blazer Khaki chinos with white plimsolls Three-piece suit Key Pieces Harrington or leather jacket TAG Heuer Monaco watch Persol 714 folding sunglasses Pocket square

Defining Films & Roles

"I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts." The Blob (1958) - First leading role, playing local hero Steve The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Drifter Vin Tanner The Great Escape (1963) - Captain Virgil Hilts Bullitt (1968) - Detective Frank Bullitt The Reivers (1969) - Handyman Boon Hogganbeck The Getaway (1972) - Mastermind robber Carter 'Doc' McCoy Papillon (1973) - Henri Charrière Towering Inferno (1974) - Michael O'Halloran

Best Quotes

McQueen had the ability to never crack under the pressure of an interview, often dropping immortal lines: "I live for myself and I answer to nobody." "I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth." "I don't believe in that phony hero stuff." "If I hadn't made it as an actor, I might have wound up a hood." "Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting." "When a horse learns to buy martinis, I'll learn to like horses." "There's something about my shaggy dog eyes that makes people think I'm good. I'm not all that good."

Motorsports & Aviation

Finished top five in eight professional endurance car races, including the 12 hour Sebring. Performed his own motorcycle stunts in The Great Escape, apart from the final jump. Did a lot of his own driving in Bullitt. When he passed away he had 38 cars and approx 140 motorcycles. Owned iconic planes, including the 1945 Stearman, 1946 Piper-J3 Cub and 1931 Pitcairn PA-8 biplane.

TAG Heuer

A man of many talents, Steve McQueen is a movie legend that truly encapsulates TAG Heuer's 'Don't crack under pressure' philosophy. In Le Mans, he wore a Heuer crest on his racing suit and a square-dial Heuer Monaco on his wrist, catapulting the watch into superstardom. Discover more about Steve McQueen and TAG Heuer watches at ROX
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