Steve McQueen Documentary To Air On Spike TV Tonight

11 Jul 2014 01:54
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Spike TV will air a 90 minute documentary called "I Am Steve McQueen," honoring the actor and racing driver whose nickname was The King of Cool. The show will air tonight at 9 PM Eastern.
Narrated by Robert Downey Jr., the documentary will highlight McQueen's life, including the important attributes that separated him from the rest of Hollywood. Well known personalities interviewed include Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, and Marisa Miller, as well as McQueen's family, including children and grandchildren, two ex-wives, and his widow.
Steve McQueen was best known for his acting, but he had a penchant for racing as well. In the eyes of the automotive world, his two standout achievements included the classic racing movie Le Mans, and the chase scene in Bullitt. He regularly competed in races across the world, often competing against some of the best drivers of the time period. When McQueen raced at the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring in a Porsche 908; his team finished first in class, and second overall behind a Ferrari raced by Mario Andretti.
McQueen's passion for racing and acting was not a rare occurrence, though. Some of Hollywood's top actors have been known for their exploits on the race track, including Paul Newman, Patrick Dempsey, and Eric Bana.
I Am Steve McQueen will be the second of such films shown on Spike TV, following I Am Bruce Lee, released in 2012. In fact, McQueen and Lee were friends with each other until Bruce Lee's early death, where McQueen served as a pallbearer.
"In a time of social upheaval, McQueen's art imitated his life through the cinematic expression of his own true essence," said Derik Murray, Executive Producer of I Am Steve McQueen. "McQueen became a symbol of American freedom and individuality and this documentary truly captures his unforgettable spirit."
McQueen was at one point the highest paid actor in Hollywood, with an impressive background of movie credits including roles in The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Magnificent Seven, and The Sand Pebbles - a performance which earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Decades after his death, Steve McQueen's legacy remains as strong as it ever was. Items associated with McQueen have consistently fetched high prices at auction, and vehicles are certainly no exception. The Gooding Pebble Beach auction will feature an authentic Porsche 917K, the very same chassis which McQueen used while filming Le Mans. Early predictions have the 917K possibly breaking the $20 million barrier, well over the $10-$15 million of other 917s.
I Am Steve McQueen will air Tuesday, June 24 at 9 PM Eastern on Spike TV.
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