Steve McQueen, one of the first "cool" film stars, remains a cultural icon the world over. His image is used to sell everything from cars, to beer, to a range of dolls. From the Cicinnati Kid to Frank Bullitt, Tom Crown to Papillon, his roles exemplified a certain school of male charm, as well as grit and a hint of menace. McQueen was born in 1930 into a poor Mid-western family to a highly strung mother and truant father. In and out of reform school from a young age, he was eventually made a ward of court and the resulting sense of abandonment never left him. His big break came with the TV saga "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and the now cult-classic B-movie "The Blob". Just two years later he was one of the leading lights of tinseltown. Sandford goes on to chart McQueen's phenomenal Hollywood career, starring in some of the world's best-loved films, in tandem with his turbulent private life: his marriages, his bisexuality, the drink, the fast cars, casual sex and violence.
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Christopher Sandford has written for the Evening Standard, The Times the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Rolling Stone. He has published eleven previous books, including biographies of Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie and Sting. He has dual nationality, with homes in London and Seattle.Review:
Christopher Sanford's McQueen: The Biography is a must for fans of the icon of cool. (Jane Sumner The Dallas Morning News)
Sanford's biography is really a very informative tribute to someone he considers one of America's finer actors...he has provided an entertaining read. (William Jefferson Entertainment Today.Com's Book Report)
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