Skip to comments.Steve McQueen, who committed to Christ late in life, is featured all day this Friday on TCM
Posted on 08/08/2013 5:38:20 PM PDT by ReformationFan
From 1963 to 1978, Steve McQueen was considered by movie fans and 'big screen' insiders as one of the main leading actors in Hollywood. The rugged faced actor's roles defined "cool" and his persona was idolized by men and women alike. But he wasn't blinded by Hollywood's glitter. Late in his life the famous actor finally realized his need for God's love and decided to commit his life to Christ.
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Q: Has Pawn Stars Rick Harrison ever kept for himself an item that has gone through his shop? Marlon Foltz, Lubbock, Tex.
A: Harrison, 47, who stars on the History channel series (Mondays) and runs the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, has had some special objects come his way, including a samurai sword and a Picasso. He singles out a 1951 Chevrolet convertible once owned by Steve McQueen as a favorite, but if the price is right, I will sell anything, he says. Its a business! Indeed, that Chevy will soon be up for auction.
I always liked him. He had a real rough and ready look.
My favorite was “The Sand Pebbles”.
Papillon and Bullitt, oh my!
Papillon is one my favorite movies of all time.
I like showing my kids scenes from Bullitt. “Now THIS is a real car chase. Not all of the special effects junk!”
Exactly, here is a man whose mother abdandon him and I think his father walked away. Steve raised himself up and I believe he got right when he joined the military. Yes Steve was not in the Hollywood Crap of glitter - “Look at me! Am I just beautiful”. He rather be with his kids and enjoy racing cars and riding his bike out in the openess. There will never be another Steve. Yep Steve was the King of Cool.
That is what I so happy to hear that he gave his life to Christ about a few months before he died. A friend invited him to Church. I was elated to hear that on the day he died. The nurse came in to check up on him and he was laying there with his eyes closed. She thought he was sleeping so she tried to wake him up to no avail. The nurse stated that Steve has a slight smile to his face with his eyes closed and he was clutching the bible up to his chest and was opened to Psalm 23:4:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
For the nurse to find him like that say alot he felt it was his last day and like you said he is now in Heaven with the Lord probably riding his golden bike =)
Steve Mc Queen riding a Honda CR250M Elsinore:
A litte side note: Steve was a Republican
Le Mans, Bullitt, The Sand Pebbles, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Magnificent Seven......he was great in all of them. I also liked him in On Any Sunday, a documentary about motorcycle riders.
He used to visit orphanages and donate to the kids... all under the radar.
Class act. He was a pilot as well as a race car driver
He was brilliant in that role—the best acting he ever did, IMHO. (especially the scene in solitary, when he stuck his head through the opening in the door-the second time- to speak with the warden about who was sending him coconuts—WOW.)
He was conservative politically and in action.
On movie sets would ask for "extra" t-shirts that he would send to troubled boys in juvie halls.
Same age as Eastwood, and with similar backgrounds.
He was always one of my favorite actors.
Apparently during the filming of The Towering Inferno, there was some dispute with Paul Newman over who would get top billing.
So to compromise, their names would appear in the credits at the same time but one would be higher and the other would be at the bottom.
But at an angle.
IIRC, McQueen got the top, and Newman got the bottom corner.
Yes to “Sand Pebbles.” Great book and a great movie.
Across the room from where I’m sitting hangs a painting of Steve McQueen on a horse - his hand reaching for his pistol.
“On Any Sunday”
I met an old guy that used to race bikes, and was in that film quite a bit. He told me the number to look for and everything, and now I can’t remember.
It’s coincidental that TCM is featuring him tomorrow, in that my wife and I have “Bullitt” out from Netflix just now. First 1/3 is good. Didn’t make it further than that with the babies’ schedule.
“”My favorite was The Sand Pebbles.””
Mine too. This thread surprised me as I’ve read a lot about him and the time he spent having cancer treatment in Mexico and I’ve never heard this before.
Two best The Thomas Crown Affair and The Great Escape.
And of course the original “The BLOB”
Seen them all, of course. A couple of years ago my daughter gave me a retail copy of The Great Escape for Christmas. It’s never lost its appeal.
I remember seeing The Reivers on a date in 1969 at the Rocking Chair Theater on Colonial Drive in Orlando. Back in the days when theaters had smoking sections. LOL.
“”Two best The Thomas Crown Affair and The Great Escape.””
Mine will remain Sand Pebbles but with him it’s difficult to pick a best - favorite..... He was an exceptional actor.
“”He was a pilot as well as a race car driver””
One of the things he wanted to do when he returned home from cancer treatment in Mexico was to fly his plane one more time. It was at Santa Paula, CA airport and someone took him there. He was able to climb onto the wing of the Stearman (as I remember from reading about it) but was not able to get into the cockpit and asked someone to help him down. He never flew again.
Thanks for posting that - I thought I knew everything about him
I always admired Steve McQueen which I cannot say except for a handful of actors.
I admire him now much more for knowing of his acceptance of Jesus as his Savior and the manner of his death, the happy death that Christians are promised.
It is inspiration that helps me prepare for my own.
I just saw “The War Lover” a couple of weeks ago, a great role. (some great footage, too)
I have always liked “The Sand Pebbles” as well.
Race car spelled backwards,,,
McQueen is worshiped by the UK motorcycle community.
Read the full article at the link
Here’s an article I recalled from FR. Talks about his later years in life when he lived in a hangar at a small airport and learned to fly. He was an “ordinary” Joe that drank Old Milwaukee beer and took care of a guy’s 6 kids when he had some medical problems. It was one of the other pilots that told him about Jesus.
Another interesting article with details of his conversion.
Did not know this.
In the link at 33 they link to a rare interview that McQueen gave to a high school “reporter” during the making of “The Hunter”. A good excerpt:
KRAUS: You have not been in the public eye for the past few years, but even when you did make movies, you didn’t give any interviews. What was the reason for your silence?
MCQUEEN: For one thing, I don’t have anything to say. Also, I think the press is full of shit. But I do have a certain respect for youth, and that’s why I agreed to do this interview for your paper.
I remember seeing The Reivers on a date in 1969
...now that was a great movie! Can’t believe it was back
in ‘69....man time flies...
“Lotta people go through life doing things badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”
-McQueen, “Le Mans”(1971)
The old man sent the car to a Florida auction. Rick and Corey went. Sold for $80,000. Corey bought a Road Runner. The old man wasn’t happy with that part.
Good article. Thanks for the ping.
Yes it is. I remember a documentary about him that was aired on PBS. Steve stated that acting was a job to him and that it allowed him to do the things he wanted in life.
For him it was not Hollywood Parties, though sometimes he would attend one. It was Family and Himself.
Today’s actors may try to dress or act “cool” but they can not ever be Steve. I think Steve’s persona on film as this tough guy probably was a result of his upbringing which was built up in him. Yes he was abdandon by his parents and I believe he lived with his grandparents for a while. He did stay in orphanages or a boy center. That is why once he was a box office star he could demand anything. Unlike today’s “Stars” they always want something for themselves, not Steve he wanted things in bulk like Jeans, etc. so he can donate them to a boy school especially the one he stayed in. He never forgotten his background.
His conversion to Christ was due in part to the influences of his flying instructor, Sammy Mason, Mason’s son Pete, and Barbara. McQueen attended his local church, Ventura Missionary Church. Now this part i heard and cannot be verified, but I read somewhere that Billy Graham visited him shortly before he died, but again can not be verified.
McQueen never compromised.
But they BOTH did a LOT for charity.
The “King of Cool” became a born-again Christian shortly before he died, due to the influence of his third wife Barbara Minty and his flying instructor Sammy Mason. He went through bible studies with the Reverend Billy Graham. It is interesting to note that this conversion happened before he was diagnosed with cancer, meaning it was probably genuine.
McQueen’s favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 which reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”. That verse is written in the original King James Version Holy Bible.
Love With the Proper Stranger 1963 - Natalie Wood & Steve McQueen
Taught me a lot, that film.
“but I read somewhere that Billy Graham visited him shortly before he died, but again can not be verified.”
That link in 33 talks about that.
King of Cool...my high school heart throb. Magnificent Seven is my fav. Sand Pebbles was hard on my young heart. RIP Mr. McQueen.
Somebody posted a link on this thread to the conversion story.
Very good read.
I love the Gulf Porsche and the Ferrari 512 head to head