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
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.


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