Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel

PortraitOne of the most volatile and misunderstood artists of his generation, Steve McQueen rose from the tough life of an Indianapolis street kid to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after, highest paid movie star. This definitive biography relates vivid, firsthand accounts of McQueen’s extraordinary career, and digs deep into his personal and professional relationships with such fellow actors as Ali MacGraw, Dustin Hoffman, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Newman and Faye Dunaway, all of whom have ranked him of the best actors in film history.


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What critics are saying about the book

“Extensive interviews with those who knew and worked with the star… Through it all, McQueen emerges as a compulsive, insecure, fiercely driven man whose competitive nature was always on view… a life as colorful as many movies.”
Chicago Tribune


“Sifting through a mountain of interviews with McQueen’s friends and co-workers, Terrill charts the actor’s progress, presenting a complete description of the making of such films as The Great Escape, Bullitt and Sam Peckinpah’s The Getaway…Terrill doesn’t hold back.”
Washington Post Book World


“His story is fascinating – a kid who had nothing, got everything, and spent the rest of his life worrying that somebody would take it away… The account of his last days is harrowing.”
Cosmopolitan magazine


“Well-researched life of film actor Steve McQueen (1930-1980), who packed two or three lives into his 50 years.”
Kirkus Reviews


“Well-documented… balanced… Terrill is a welcome and serious biographer.”
Tulsa World


“Well told and documented with a dynamic feel for the paradox behind a gentle yet savage man… the reporter is so solid that accounts of McQueen’s meeting with Ali MacGraw on the set of The Getaway, his emotional breakdown after the failure of An Enemy of the People, and his last pained words (revealing a new spirituality) ring with a potent authenticity.”
Films in Review


“The definitive McQueen biography.”
The Hollywood Reporter


“Vivid first-hand account of Steve McQueen’s extraordinary story.”
New York Post


“Excellent and comprehensively written…keeps us on the edge of our seats…an unforgettable portrait.”
Gannett Westchester News