Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen 

He left us 38 years ago today

Famed film actor Steve McQueen died on Nov. 7, 1980, in Chihuahua, Mexico. He was 50 years old and suffered from lung cancer.

Last role performed here

McQueen’s last role before his death came in the 1980 movie “The Hunter.’’ He played a bounty hunter, Ralph “Papa’’ Thorson. Scenes were filmed in Bonfield, Herscher, Kankakee and Manteno.

Mentioned in Stones song

McQueen’s name is mentioned in “Star Star,’’ a 1973 song the Rolling Stones released as part of the band’s “Goat’s Head Soup’’ album.

A Hoosier native

McQueen was born on March 24, 1930, in Beech Grove, Ind. He was a troubled youth who spent time in reform school before rising to stardom.

Some nifty nicknames

At the height of his popularity in the 1970s, McQueen was considered Hollywood’s ultra-cool male actor and earned the nicknames of “Bandito,’’ “King of Cool,” “Mac’’ and “McQ.’’

Sources: Daily Journal archives,

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