Steve McQueen was top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s. He
received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles
(1966). His other popular films include The Great Escape (1963), Bullitt
(1968), and The Towering Inferno (1974).. In 1974, he became the
highest-paid movie star in the world.
McQueen was an avid racer of both motorcycles and cars. While he studied
acting,he partially supported himself by competing in weekend motorcycle
races and bought his first motorcycle with his winnings.