From the acclaimed bestselling biographer Marc Eliot comes a definitive look at the life of Steve McQueen—the iconic Hollywood actor best known for his hugely successful film career in classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, And Bullitt.








“A fine biography that makes us feel like we know and understand its subject.” Booklist  

“McQueen’s life and the cultural context Eliot explores make for a good read.” Library Journal



Steve McQueen remains one of America’s legendary movie stars.  Known for his anti-hero persona in now-classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Bullitt, McQueen was one of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and 70s. His unforgettable physical beauty, his soft-spoken manner, his tough but tender roughness and his aching vulnerability had women swooning and men wanting to be like him. In 1974 he became the highest-paid movie star in the world. Although McQueen was combative with directors and producers, his popularity put him in high demand in Hollywood and enabled him to command exorbitant salaries. He was wild and rebellious and “the King of Cool.” Yet few know the truth of what bubbled beneath his cool exterior and shaped his career, his passions, and his private life.   

Now, in STEVE McQUEEN: A Biography (Crown Archetype; On Sale October 25, 2011; Hardcover), New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed biographer and film historian, Marc Eliot brilliantly captures the complexity of this Hollywood screen legend by examining the intertwining arcs of his complex life and his fascinating career in film. Filled with original material, rare photos, and new interviews with McQueen’s publicist and long time friend, David Foster, and McQueen’s manager, Hilly Ekins, STEVE McQUEEN: A Biography breaks new boundaries in the understanding of the life and the work of Steve McQueen, providing a full portrait of the “King of Cool,” including:  

·         A complete reassessment of McQueen's films and early television work.  

·         McQueen’s tumultuous life both on and off the screen, from his hardscrabble childhood to his rise to Hollywood superstar status.  

·         McQueen’s struggles with alcohol and drugs, and his obsession with racing fast cars and motorcycles.  

·         His obsession with Paul Newman and how it shaped his career  

·         The intimate details of McQueen’s passionate yet failed marriages to Neile Adams and Ali MacGraw as well as his numerous affairs.  

·         McQueen’s eternal search for his real father and his uneasy relationship with his mother.  

·         Inside information behind his incredible yet often perplexing career that ranged from great films to embarrassing misfires. 

With meticulous detail, Eliot redraws the landscape of McQueen's life from a filmmaker’s perspective, making this book at once a revisionist look at McQueen's life, as well as the world and business of making movies that McQueen toiled in up to and until his untimely death at the age of 50. STEVE McQUEEN is the first fully comprehensive biography of Steve McQueen.

About the Author

MARC ELIOT is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books on pop culture, among them the highly acclaimed biographies American Rebel, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart; the award-winning Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince; Down 42nd Street;  what many consider the best book about the sixties, his biography of Phil Ochs, Death of a Rebel;  Take It from Me (with Erin Brockovich), Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen, To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles, and Reagan: The Hollywood Years. He has written on the media and pop culture for numerous publications, including Penthouse, L.A. Weekly, and California Magazine. He divides his time among New York City, Woodstock, Los Angeles, and the Far East.  


A Biography

By Marc Eliot

Published by Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group

Hardcover; ISBN 978-0-307-45321-1; 384 pages; $26.00

On-Sale: October 25, 2011


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