Steve McQueen was born in 1930, inBeech Grove,Indiana. His father was a stunt pilot for a flying circus, so McQueen’s experience of stunts and daredevil feats go all the way back to when he was just a small child. During his teenage years, McQueen had a troubled life, committing petty crimes and associating with gangs. He began to change his ways however, after being sent to join theCaliforniaJuniorBoysRepublic, a school for troubled youngsters. In 1947, he joined the US Marine Corps and, despite discipline problems when he first joined, he embraced the military and used it as an exercise in self-improvement.
In 1952, McQueen began studying acting at Sanford Meisner’s Neighbourhood Playhouse, supporting himself by competing in motorcycle races at the Long Island Raceway. He eventually saved up enough money to buy his first motorcycle, a used Harley Davidson. His first role in a major production was in the 1955 film Somebody Up There Likes Me, in which he starred alongside Paul Newman. His first lead role was in 1958 film, and cult classic, The Blob. After appearing in major films such as Never So Few and The Magnificent Seven, he starred in the 1963 film The Great Escape, a role which made him a global icon.
He went on to star in many more classic films, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt, The Towering Inferno and The Hunter, which was released after his untimely death in 1980. He famously turned down, or was unable to star in due to schedule conflicts, a number of films that went on to become classics in their own right. He allegedly turned down roles in films such as Ocean’s Eleven, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dirty Harry, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Apocalypse Now.
Despite dying over 30 years ago, McQueen’s legacy still lives on today. His penchant for motor racing and performing his own stunts simply add to his legendary persona. He competed in numerous racing events and, if it wasn’t for anxious sponsors, would have competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mansalongside Formula One star Jackie Stewart. He also performed his own stunts in the movie Bullitt. The car chase has since become known as one of the greatest ever made, and changed the way driving scenes were filmed.
One of McQueen’s unmistakable fashion staples, were his Persol PO 714 sunglasses. He famously wore them during the 1968 Film The Thomas Crown Affair, and was seen wearing them countless times while away from the movie set. To commemorate McQueen’s timeless style, which goes hand in hand with the classicPO 714s, Persol have released a limited edition range of Persol Steve McQueen PO 714 sunglasses.
To recreate the McQueen’s legendary style, you can get your own pair of Steve McQueen PO 714 sunglasses at Red Hot Sunglasses for a limited time only. The sunglasses come in black, darkHavanaand lightHavana. They all come with the unmistakable blue lenses, and they can be cleverly folded away when not in use.