2nd Annual Steve McQueen Days 


MARCH 28th and MARCH 29th


(March 4, 2008) –Steve McQueen fans from around the world will gather in Slater, Missouri, the actor’s boyhood hometown, to celebrate his life and work of the legendary actor on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. 

The Steve McQueen Festival is timed around the actor’s birthday; McQueen would have been 78 years old on March 24th.   At the time of his death in 1980 from asbestos-induced cancer, he was the most-popular and highest-paid actor in the world.

Among those attending will be McQueen’s widow, Barbara McQueen, who will be signing copies of her book Steve McQueen: The Last Mile about her years with McQueen. 

Also attending will be McQueen’s friend from his early acting days in Greenwich Village and later, in Hollywood, Richard Martin.  Martin has recently produced a documentary on McQueen’s life An American Rebel.  The film is based author Marshall Terrill’s 1993 biography, Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel.  Terrill will also be a key speaker during the festivities in Slater. 

McQueen’s stuntman, Loren Janes, who worked with McQueen throughout his professional career from his television western series, Wanted: Dead or Alive to the last film he made, The Hunter.  Mr. Janes will be attending and presenting film clips from Nevada Smith and The Sand Pebbles, the one film in which the actor received an Oscar nomination. 

Highlights of the festival will include a Classic Car and Motorcycle Show.  McQueen was an accomplished and competitive semi-professional car and motorcycle racer who owned over 120 antique motorcycles.  An auction of McQueen-related memorabilia to benefit the Boy’s Republic School in Chino, California will also be held during the weekend.  McQueen attended the Boy’s Republic shortly after he left Slater and continued to visit and support the school throughout his life.  

Also on the agenda are feature films, television episodes and documentaries featuring the actor who is widely known as “The King of Cool.”   

For additional information about the 2nd Annual Steve McQueen Days visit www.cityofslater.com.