Like James Dean, Steve McQueen became one of those film legends that burned brightly, but had their light extinguished before their time. Throughout the 60’s and early 70’s, McQueen and his anti-hero persona, grew into one of the biggest box office draws in the world, peaking in 1974, when he became the highest-paid film star in the world. He died, aged 50, in 1980, from complications to remove a tumour. He had already been diagnosed with terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
Known for such films as The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Bullitt (1968), Le Mans (1971),
The Getaway (1972), and Papillon (1973), he also joined
all-star ensemble films like The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape
(1963), and The Towering Inferno (1974), alongside many other greats of the day.
His first love, however, was racing, and he performed many of the driving stunts in his films. Outside of Hollywood, he raced cars and motorcycles for many years, and owned over 100 of each, including such classics as the Ford GT40, Ferrari 250 GT, and a Jaguar XKSS. This new bullion coin taps into that, more than his film career, and it’s all the better for it.