Steve McQueen was an American actor popular in sixties and seventies and many of his films were box office hits. He was nominated for an Academy award in 1967 for his film ‘The Sand pebbles’. Many of his films were well known world over. Films like ‘Towering Inferno’, ‘Getaway’ and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ were hits not only in USA but across the world.
Steve McQueen became highest paid actor in the world in the year 1974. He could demand and choose his role and remuneration due to his huge popularity and demand.
Let’s find out more about how much is Steve McQueen’s net worth.
Steve McQueen was born on March 24, 1930 at St. Francis hospital in Beech Grove, Indiana, to Julia Ann. His father William Terence McQueen was a stunt pilot for a Barnstorming flying circus.
Steve McQueen childhood was difficult as his father left his mother six months after meeting her. She could not manage bringing the child alone so she left Steve McQueen with her parents at Slater, who brought him up as a catholic.
When eight years old Steve McQueen re-joined his mother, who lived then in Indianapolis with his stepfather. He was treated badly by his stepfather who beat him frequently. Steve McQueen left his home to join a street gang leading the life of petty crime.
Thinking him incorrigible his parents sent him to California Junior Boys Republic. Here came the turning point in his life. He left crime and became matured and responsible. At 16 years of age he left the school to take up small jobs like that of a labourer, a Lumberjack and a Carnival barker.
Steve McQueen started his career in earnest in the year 1947 when he joined US Marine Corps. However, after several infringements like unauthorised leave and being rebellious he became more disciplined and even went on to save lives of his fellow marines in an arctic exercise. He was awarded and later honourably discharged from the services.
His first major role came in a TV series ‘Tales of Wells Fargo’ which gave him recognition as an actor. His role in the film ‘never so few’ earned him favourable reviews. His character ‘Bill Ranga’ became famous as a high-speed jeep driver and a gun handler.
His first major hit film ‘Magnificent seven’ (1960) was a boost to his acting career. His film ‘Great escape’ secured him superstar credentials. In the film ‘The Sand Pebbles’ his role as an engine room sailor earned him an Academy nomination in the year 1967.
One of his best-known film came in 1968. It was ‘Bullitt’ in which his car chase is one of the best car chases in cinematic history. With the films ‘Getaway’ (1972) and ‘Papillion’ (1973) he became highest paid actor in the world.
Awards and achievements:
In the year 1967 Steve McQueen was nominated by Academy Awards as Best Actor in a leading role for his film ‘The Sand pebbles’.
In the year 1964 he was nominated Best Actor-Motion picture and Drama by Golden Globe Awards for the film ‘In love with Proper stranger’.
In the year 1967 he was nominated Best Actor-Motion picture and drama-by Golden Globe Awards for the film ‘The Sand Pebbles’.
In the year 1974 he was nominated Best Actor-Motion picture and drama by Golden Globe Awards for the film ‘Papillion’.
Net worth of Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen’s net worth is estimated as $30 million. His earnings mainly came from his several appearances in films many of which were box office hits. His TV appearances added to his net worth. In the year 1974 he was so popular that he became highest paid actor in the world and commanded a very high remuneration for his roles.
Steve McQueen had a disturbed childhood. He became a petty criminal at a young age but when he was admitted to a correction school, he had a dramatic change in his attitude and from then onwards started his fruitful career first as a marine and thereafter as an actor. He by his focussed hard work became a much sought after and highest paid actor in his times and was known for many of his hit films.