Lefty Actor Steve McQueen

Famous Left-hander Birthday, March 24

Steve McQueen, Actor

Steve McQueen in The Towering Inferno

Terrence Steven “Steve” McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980), was born in Beech Grove, Indiana.  Nicknamed “The King of Cool”, he was a very popular American movie actor in his time, most especially famous in The Great Escape among others. He was an avid racer of cars and motorcycles, and he also designed and patented a bucket seat and transbrake for race cars.

In films, he was known for his “anti-hero” persona roles which made him one of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world.

McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. Aside the The Sand Pebbles and The Great Escape, his other most popular films include The Magnificent Seven, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno.  

McQueen is recognized for performing many of his own stunts, especially the majority of the stunt driving during the high-speed chase scene in Bullitt.

McQueen’s Marriages:   Neile Adams (1956-1972, divorced with 2 children; Ali MacGraw, 1973-1978; divorced; Marbara Minty, 1980 until his death.

He died at the age of 50, in Chihuahua, Mexico


Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Lefty Trivia

Lefty Trivia – Did you know?

  • In the days of knighthood, illegitimate sons had a distinctive coat of arms: a wide diagonal slash, called a “band sinister,” which ran from their upper left shoulder to their lower right hip.
  • That although ther is no evidence that the real “Sundance Kid” was a lety, Robert Redford, wht actor who protrayed him in Burch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is a lefthander, and so was Steve McQueen, who originally turned down the role.
  • In the Middle East, the slang for hand is “a bunch of fives.” The left hand is referred to as “Little Five.”
  • Handedness in birth is revealed by the bones of the arm, the dominant arm having the more massive bone equipment.

Famous Lefthanders – Lefty Actors

Here’s a list of lefty actors:

  • Michael Crawford
  • Robert De Niro
  • Matt Dillon
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Peter Fonda
  • Paul Michael Glaser
  • Cary Grant
  • Peter Graves
  • Mark Hamill
  • Rex Harrison
  • Rock Hudson
  • Gabe Kaplan
  • Danny Kaye
  • Michael Landon
  • Peter Lawford
  • Joey Lawrence
  • Hal Linden
  • Cleavon Little
  • Howie Mandel
  • Harpo Marx
  • Andrew McCarthy
  • Steve McQueen
  • Robert Morse
  • Ryan O’Neal
  • Anthony Perkins
  • Luke Perry
  • Bronson Pinchot
  • Joe Piscopo
  • Brad Pitt
  • Robert Preston
  • Richard Pryor
  • Robert Redford
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Peter Sellers
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Jack Warden