The making of an icon
Born in 1930, Steve experienced a rough childhood until the California Boys Republic and the US Marines helped turned his life around. These experiences would be crucial in helping Steve relate to many of his future movie roles.
In 1952 he embarked on his acting career in theatre, progressing to Broadway in 1955 and finally making his break in movies in 1956 with ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’. He then went on to star in iconic movies such as ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’, ‘Bullitt’, ‘Papillion’ and of course, ‘The Great Escape’, which also showcased his great passion of motorcycles.