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Steve McQueen Quotes


Steve McQueenSteve McQueen was the silver screens epitome of cool during the 1960's and 1970's when his career was at its peak and all of Hollywood was at his beck and call. Although he admitted he was not the best of actors he had an on screen presence and magnetism that oozed star quality. He was given the moniker the King Of Cool and it is a testament to this icon of yesteryear that his hipness still endures to this day. His iconic roles in The Great Escape (1963) and Bullitt (1968) have cemented his position as an all time Hollywood great. In January 2018 Ford unveiled a new Mustang called the Bullitt thus reinforcing the McQueen association with the famous car is still as relevant 30 years on from the original release of the movie. Other prominent movies that are worth a mention are: The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and Papillon (1973), but the movies mentioned here are my personal five favourites that McQueen excelled in. His love of racing saw him bring that adrenaline rushed excitement to the screen with some daredevil motor cycle riding in The Great Escape and the speeding around San Francisco in Bullitt, indeed he was so skilled in driving he performed most of his own stunts and chases where the insurance company allowed. He was the cool dude on camera given some fantastic scripts to narrate but he was also good for a one liner off the screen so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Steve McQueen quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Terence Steven McQueen
  • Born: 24th March 1930, Beech Grove, Indiana, U.S.
  • Died: 7th November 1980, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Inspired by: Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, John Wayne and Spencer Tracy
  • Influenced: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Homer Simpson, Kevin Costner and Pierce Brosnan
  • Nicknames: The King Of Cool and Mac
  • Height: 5' 9½" (1.77 m)
  • Marriage resume: Neile Adams 1956 to 1972 (divorced), Ali MacGraw 1973 to 1978 (divorced) and Barbara Minty 1980 (his death)
  • Sport: He regularly took part in motor car and motor cycle races
  • Top billing bizarre: In 1969 he discovered he had top billing on the infamous cult leader Charles Manson's celebrity death list
  • Trivia: McQueen was a Triumph motor cycle enthusiast who rode a Triumph Bonneville 650cc in The Great Escape and he also competed in off road racing competitions making him for ever associated with the famous British marque
  • Quote about Steve McQueen: His acting teacher Sanford Meisner said of him: "He was an original, both tough and childlike, as if he'd been through everything, but he had preserved a basic innocence"

"Racing is life. Everything else is just waiting"

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"The world is as good as you are. You've got to learn to like yourself first"

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"Sometimes you have to say goodbye to the things you know and hello to the things you don't"

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"I believe in me. I'm a little screwed up, but I'm beautiful"

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"You have to bend with the breeze or you break"

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"If you work hard you get the goodies"

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"The Marines gave me discipline I could live with. By the time I got out I could deal with things on a more realistic level. All in all, despite my problems, I liked my time in the Marines"

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"Most people don't know who Lyndon Johnson is, but they sure as hell know who John Wayne is"

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"You only go around once in life and I'm going to grab a handful of it"

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"I live for myself and I answer to nobody"

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"Stardom equals freedom. It's the only equation that matters"

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"I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts"

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"They call me a chauvinist pig. I am ... and I don't give a damn"

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"Every time I look in the rear-view mirror, I see Robert Redford"

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"I don't believe in that phony hero stuff"

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