The Ultimate Icon: Steve McQueen

“I live for myself and answer to nobody.”

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.