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Steve McQueen died more than thirty years ago, but his popularity continues to flourish: Even now, his estate limits the licensing of his image to avoid commercial saturation. During his brief (1930-1980) life, the famed actor and auto racer established himself as the indisputable "King of Cool" onscreen and off. This new biography by veteran star watcher Marc Eliot shows that his tough guy film persona was sometimes even outflanked by his behavior elsewhere, which included flagrant womanizing, drug abuse, and physical violence. Eliot shows how McQueen's hardscrabble youth shaped his responses to his film and television popularity, often to his own disadvantage. A demythologizing life by a respected celebrity biographer.