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March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980; American actor and professional racing driver

Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.
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I'm not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing.
Steve McQueen

I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts.
Steve McQueen

My influences come from real life. I'm not interested in cinema for cinema's sake. I'm
interested in life - what one does and how one interacts.
Steve McQueen

I'm not a great actor - let's face it. I don't have a great deal of scope. There are certain
things I can do, but when I'm bad, I stink.
Steve McQueen

I don't believe in that phony hero stuff.
Steve McQueen

I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you'll fall by the
wayside.
Steve McQueen

Film is important; it can be more than reportage or a novel - it creates images people have
never seen before, never imagined they'd see, maybe because they needed someone else to
imagine them.
Steve McQueen

If I hadn't made it as an actor, I might have wound up a hood.
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I'm about challenging people. Like, properly challenging them and their assumptions.
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I live for myself and I answer to nobody.
Steve McQueen

When I did The Great Escape, I kept thinking, "If they were making a movie of my life, that's
what they'd call it - the great escape."
Steve McQueen

I just want the brass ring and the pine trees and my kids and the green grass. I want to get
rich and fat and watch my kids grow.
Steve McQueen

I'll never be as good an actor as I want to be. But I'll be good.
Steve McQueen

Stardom equals financial success and financial success equals security. I've spent too much
of my life feeling insecure. I still have nightmares about being poor, of everything I own just
vanishing away. Stardom means that can't happen.
Steve McQueen

Look, Chalmers, let's understand each other... I don't like you.
Steve McQueen, Bullitt, 1968

Sometimes you have to say goodbye to the things you know and hello to the things you
don't.
Steve McQueen, The Reivers, 1969

There's something about my shaggy dog eyes that makes people think I'm good. I'm not all
that good.
Steve McQueen

The Navajos have a saying they live by: "A land where there is time enough and room
enough." I want that, too.
Steve McQueen

I'm out of the Midwest. It was a good place to come from. It gives you a sense of right or
wrong and fairness, which I think is lacking in our society.
Steve McQueen

When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it.
Steve McQueen

I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.
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I'm certainly not who people think I am. I always do whatever I want to do, and my films are
personal to me.
Steve McQueen

I really don't like to act. At the beginning, back in '51, I had to force myself to stick with it.
I was real uncomfortable, real uncomfortable.
Steve McQueen