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Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930November 7, 1980) was an American movie actor. Nicknamed "The King of Cool," he was considered one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s due to what many film goers consider a captivating on-screen persona. McQueen was considered a combative and archetypal "difficult movie star" who didn’t like working with directors or producers. In retaliation, he would only work if paid a higher than average "movie star" salary for his films.

He was born Terence Steven McQueen in Beech Grove, Indiana. He never knew his father -- although McQueen did find the house where he lived approximately a year after his father's death. McQueen's father abandoned his wife and child shortly after McQueen was born. He was raised in Slater, Missouri by his uncle, where his mother left him. At the age of 12 McQueen moved with his mother to Los Angeles. When he was 14, his mother sent him to a reformatory school (Boy's Republic in Chino, CA). Soon McQueen left the school and drifted before joining the Marines in 1947.

McQueen moved into film in the mid-1950s with bit parts in Girl on the Run (1953) and Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956). He secured his first lead role in the 1958 horror movie The Blob. He replaced Sammy Davis, Jr. in the Frank Sinatra vehicle Never So Few in 1959 when Sinatra quarrelled with Davis; John Sturges, this film's director, cast McQueen in his next movie, promising to "give him the camera." Along with Yul Brynner, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, McQueen's first major hit was Sturges' The Magnificent Seven (1960). The film was based on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.

McQueen's next big film was 1963's The Great Escape (which also starred Bronson and Coburn, as well as James Garner). Quentin Tarantino has called the film the shortest three hour movie he's ever seen. McQueen had an amazing motorcycle chase sequence in which he was "crucified" on barbed wire at the end.

Another successful film came in 1968 with Bullitt, which thrilled audiences with an unprecedented (but endlessly imitated) auto chase through San Francisco. Prior to that, he earned his only Academy Award nomination for the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles. McQueen also appeared in 1973's Papillon, the 1971 car race drama Le Mans and in The Getaway in 1972. He was the world's highest paid actor by this time, largely because of his incomparable popularity in Asia. After The Towering Inferno co-starring long time rival Paul Newman in 1974, McQueen did not return to film until 1978. When he returned to film in 1978's An Enemy of the People he played against type an overweight heavily bearded character.

Muriel McQueen Fergusson

A remarkable woman who championed the rights of women and the poor. Muriel passed away on Friday, April 11, 1997. Check out the link below to be inspired.

Glenn McQueen - Animator

Glenn McQueen (December 24, 1960 - October 29, 2002) worked for Pixar the makers of Toy Story animated films. The movie Finding Nemo was dedicated to him, and also a small short after the film. The main character in Cars, Lightning McQueen, was named after him.

Ewan McQueen - Politician

Ewen McQueen is the leader of Christian Heritage New Zealand, a religious political party in New Zealand.

McQueen was born in Palmerston North in 1965, although spent most of his youth in the North Shore (part of the greater Auckland area). He attended Takapuna Grammar School (where he was head prefect) and Auckland University. His primary field of study at university was economics, in which he eventually gained a Master's degree. He currently works as a project manager for the Auckland District Health Board.

McQueen joined the Christian Heritage Party in 1992, and has stood as a Christian Heritage candidate on five occasions. Four of his campaigns were in the Auckland electorates of Eden, Epsom and Mt Roskill, but his most successful election campaign was in the Taranaki-King Country by-election in 1998, in which he placed fifth. He also served as his party's deputy leader and finance spokeperson until 1999.

In August 2003, McQueen was selected as the new leader of Christian Heritage, replacing the retiring Graham Capill. His primary opponent was Vic Jarvis, an employment relations consultant from Palmerston North.

McQueen became a Christian when aged eighteen, and says that his belief gives "hope, meaning, direction and strength." He states a belief that he was "called to politics" in the same way that others might be called "to be a pastor or evangelist or such like." His main priorities for Christian Heritage are opposition to abortion and the strengthening of traditional marriage and family structures.

Peter McQueen
Diorama of the battle from the Horseshoe Bend Museum
Peter McQueen ca. 1780-1820 was the son of a Scottish trader and a Creek woman. He was known for playing a set of Bagpipes during each battle that he fought. McQueen lead a group of Tallassees in the Red Stick faction of the Upper Creeks. He was present at the Battle of Burnt Corn and the Massacre of Fort Mims. After the Red Sticks were defeated at Horseshoe Bend, McQueen, along with other Red Stick warriors, retreated into Florida and continued to fight during the First Seminole War.
Butterfly McQueen

Butterfly McQueen (January 7, 1911December 22, 1995) was an American film and television actress.

Born Thelma McQueen in Tampa, Florida, she trained as a dancer and took her stage name from the "Butterfly Dance" after performing it in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

McQueen made her first film appearance playing an uncredited bit part as a sales assistant in The Women in 1939 and later that year filmed what would become her most identifiable role—as Prissy, the young maid in Gone with the Wind, uttering the famous words: "Miss Scarlett, I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies." She continued to play maids and small parts in various films including Since You Went Away (1944), Mildred Pierce (1945) and Duel in the Sun (1946), but by 1947 had grown tired of the ethnic stereotypes she was required to play and ended her film career.

By 1950 she had played another racially-sterotyped role for two years on the television series Beulah, which reunited her with her Gone with the Wind co-star Hattie McDaniel.

Her acting roles after this were very few, and she devoted herself to other pursuits including study, and received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1975. She had one more role of some substance in the 1986 film The Mosquito Coast.

McQueen died in Augusta, Georgia as a result of burns received when a kerosene heater she was attempting to light exploded and burst into flames. A lifelong atheist, she donated her body to medical science and remembered the Freedom From Religion Foundation in her will.

Gordon McQueen

Gordon McQueen (born June 26, 1952 in Ayrshire, Scotland) was a tough and gangly central defender who won numerous honours in football with Leeds United and Manchester United.

McQueen was a goalkeeper as a schoolboy but then switched to his defensive position which caught the attention of St. Mirren who signed him as an 18 year old.

A first goal for Scotland had come for McQueen against Romania in 1975. His second came in 1977 against Northern Ireland during the annual Home International tournament involving the four United Kingdom nations. Three days later, he scored his most famous goal for his country.

It came against England at Wembley with a passionate, loud and mildly inebriated Scotland following loyally cheering their team on. McQueen rose above the England defence to head home a corner in the first half; a second goal from Kenny Dalglish sealed a 2-1 win. Such was the joy of the Scots, not to mention their lack of respect for their opponents, that they invaded the pitch on the final whistle, ripped up the turf and broke one of the crossbars. The remainder of McQueen's international career was worthy but uneventful - he was in the 1978 World Cup squad in Argentina but never kicked a ball, and played his last match in 1981, attaining 30 caps and scoring five goals.

Geoff McQueen
Geoff McQueen
Geoff McQueen (1947- 1994) was a TV series scriptwriter and dramatist best known for creating Thames Television's The Bill. Prior to this he had created Give us a Break and Big Deal, both for the BBC.
Justus Ellis McQueen
Justis Ellis McQueen AKA LQ Jones
Justus Ellis McQueen AKA L Q Jones (stage name) American actor, director, producer, writer. Born Justus Ellis McQueen in 1927, the once and future L.Q. Jones has become an icon playing dusty heroes (and more often, villains) in Western movies and on television for more than 50 years. Jones, who took his theatrical name from the first role he played in 1955's Battle Cry, appeared in numerous films by the great Western director Sam Peckinpah including The Wild Bunch, and worked with Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, and Martin Scorsese. Additionally, he directed and had a small part in the cult-classic sci-fi film A Boy and His Dog. Many people might know him from the 1997 film The Mask of Zorro where he played 3 Finger Jack.
Lee McQueen
Justis Ellis McQueen AKA LQ Jones
Lee McQueen is a recruitment sales manager from Princes Risborough who won series four of the Apprentice. Noted for lying on his CV and for phoning in sick on his first day at the £100, 000 ayear job.
Page last updated on 30 December, 2008