The Ultimate Icon: Steve McQueen

"I live for myself and answer to nobody."
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Steve McQueen doesn't have any real peers. Every fashion brand and men's magazine in the United States looks to Steve McQueen for fashion tips, lifestyle cues, how to generally be a better, cooler man. He was combative with directors and producers, but his films—The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno—were all hits, and in 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world. Today, none of that as matters all the much. McQueen is the King of Cool.