Why So Tough: Having grown up with the abusive stepfather he described as “a prime son of a bitch”, McQueen was a tough kid, finding himself in trouble with the law at the age of just twelve.
However, he would channel that aggression into a glittering career in the Marines.
One particularly heroic episode saw McQueen save the lives of five other men as he pulled them from a tank seconds before it went crashing through the Arctic ice.
How It Translates Onscreen: A man’s man, equally handy with his fists as he was with a pithy one-liner.
One of the most convincing Hollywood heroes in living memory.