Today in Music History has provided insight into many 'kings' and 'queens', even a 'godfather', within the music arena. To recap from last month, some iconic musicians include Paul Whiteman,"The King of Jazz"; Benny Goodman, "The King of Swing"; B.B. King, "King of the Blues"; Elvis Presley, "King of Rock 'n' Roll", Arethra Franklin, "Queen of Soul"; Mary J. Blige, "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul"; Koko Taylor, "Queen of the Blues" and James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul".
In the spotlight today is yet another 'king' but this time his kingdom is Hollywood. Meet the "King of Cool" who died on this day in 1980...
March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980
It did not take long for Steve McQueen to score BIG! This happened when he snagged a leading role in the 1960 film, The Magnificent Seven. Then, with 1963's The Great Escape earning top billing, he showed everyone he had what it took to be a star.
From an early age McQueen was considered a rebel with his good looks and cool tough-guy persona earning him the nickname "The King of Cool". Here are a few snippets of his life before Hollywood:
Steve McQueen finally discovered his calling thanks to a girlfriend who was an aspiring actress. In spite of early setbacks, he established his place in movie history to go on to leave an indelible place in the film industry.
Steve McQueen, Wanted Dead or Alive, TV Series 1959
Steve McQueen, The Magnificent Seven, 1960
Steve McQueen, The Great Escape, 1963
Steve McQueen, The Cincinnati Kid, 1965
Steve McQueen, The Sand Pebbles, 1966
Academy Award Nomination
Steve McQueen, The Hunter, 1980