• Steve McQueen is one of the most famous movie stars of all time
  • McQueen was one the first real action heroes in Hollywood
  • Steve McQueen's life was full of ups and downs

Western and adventure films had even more entertainment value with him in them. He was often even called the "King of Cool". Coming from a humble background, he managed to become a big name in the film business. But his life took a sad turn far too soon...

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Foiled Escape

Unfortunately, Steve was diagnosed with a rare cancer called mesothelioma while filming The Hunter in 1979. It is a soft tissue tumor that can result from inhaling asbestos, a mineral. Steve is said to have been involved with it during his time in the US Navy. He served there from 1947 to 1950. His diagnosis said it was incurable, as his wife Barbara describes in the book The Last Mile.

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