About Steve McQueen: Life In The Fast Lane
“It’s just intuitive,” Steve McQueen said of his effortless acting style. In fact, he honed his low-key naturalism in the early 1950s while studying with Sanford Meisner, the famed New York City drama coach whose mantra was “live truthfully.”
It’s McQueen’s truthfulness and contempt for hypocrisy that gave counter-culture relevance to 1960s classics like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Bullitt and keeps them resonant today. But while McQueen personified honesty on screen, he struggled to find it in his personal life. Drinking, drugs, and infidelity contributed to the dissolution of two marriages, including one to actress Ali McGraw.
After co-starring with Paul Newman in The Towering Inferno in 1974, McQueen stepped away from film, halting a meteoric rise that had taken him from student to superstar in just twenty years. But his greatest challenge was yet to come.
Notable guest stars: James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Richard Crenna, Donal Logue, Michael Madsen, Mamie Van Doren, John Sturges, Mark Rydell, Neile Adams, Mario Iscovich, Marshall Terrill, Hilly Elkins, David Foster, Chad McQueen, William Claxton, Bud Ekins, Katherine Haber, Barbara McQueen Brunsvold
Produced by Gary Simson
Narrated by Dave Hoffman