On this Day in Movie History, November 7, 1980: Steve McQueen Dies

It was on this day, November 7, 1980, the “King of Cool”, American actor Terence Stephen “Steve” McQueen died at the age of 50 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, following an operation to remove or reduce several metastatic tumors in his neck and abdomen.

His “anti-hero” persona, which he developed at the height of the Vietnam counterculture, made him one of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world. Although McQueen was combative with directors and producers, his popularity put him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries.

McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Magnificent Seven, The Blob, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno. .

A memorial service was presided over by Leonard DeWitt of the Ventura Missionary Church. McQueen was cremated, and his ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean

1903 – (Ira) Dean Jagger (Academy Award-winning actor: Twelve O’clock High [1949]; Elmer Gantry, Bad Day at Black Rock, White Christmas, King Creole, The Robe, Vanishing Point, Mr. Novak; died Feb 5,1991)

1938 – Barry Newman (actor: Petrocelli, Nightingales, The Edge of Night, Vanishing Point)

1957 – Christopher Knight (actor: The Brady Bunch, Another World, A Very Brady Christmas, Good Girls Don’t, The Brady Bunch Movie)

1964 – Dana Plato (actress: Diff’rent Strokes, Return to Boggy Creek, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle; died May 8, 1999)

1972 – Jason London (actor: The Man in the Moon, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Mixed Signals, Broken Vessels, Alien Cargo; twin brother of Jeremy London)

1972 – Jeremy London (actor: I’ll Fly Away, Party of Five, White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild, Breaking Free, The Babysitter, The Red Lion, Bad to the Bone; twin brother of Jason London)


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