Steve McQueen was the ‘King of Cool’ and remains one of the highest earning of Hollywood’s actors, even though he’s been dead for over 30 years.
But if you want to buy a piece of his home life then there are three former properties of his on the market in and around Los Angeles. First up is a childhood home for sale at $599,900 (£379,320) in the Echo Park district between central Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills.
The building is where McQueen lived with his mother and stepfather when aged 13 and is a two-storey Spanish-style block containing three one-bedroom apartments.
But it wasn’t a happy time – after moving there McQueen began quarrelling with his stepfather, who was his mother’s third husband, and the two fought including one incident when his stepfather threw him down the property’s stairwell.
McQueen was soon packed off to his great uncle’s farm in Missouri (where he had more or less brought up after his mother left him there when still a toddler) but after a spell working for a travelling circus, he drifted back to Los Angeles, where he was involved in petty street crime and eventually ended up in a school for wayward teenagers.
After leaving this school he spent time at his mother’s new home in Greenwich Village, New York but soon left and travelled across the US before joining the US Marine Corps in 1947.
In 1952 he left military service and returned to Los Angeles where he began to train as an actor, moving (during 1954) into a house also in Echo Park, just a few blocks from his mother’s former address.
It took McQueen four years to find regular acting work and in 1958 he was cast in the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive but it wasn’t until 1960 that he got his big break in The Magnificent Seven.
After this wealth followed and he bought a house at 27 Oakmont Drive, known locally as ‘The Castle’, the entrance to which even today is hidden behind a large wooden gate.
But Steve McQueen in addition had an ‘out-of-town’ home in Palm Springs, which is also for sale at the moment. No. 2203 Southridge Drive is on a hillside overlooking Palm Springs and is an achingly fashionable 1960s modernist house with a swimming pool and five bedrooms on the market for $3.47m (£2.19m).
But there’s one more home for sale nearby that also used to belong to Steve McQueen – his last. In the late 1970s, and now approaching is third marriage, McQueen shunned Hollywood to concentrate on motorbike racing – and bought a fairly modest ranch house with outbuildings, plenty of land (most of which is now a vineyard).
This is currently for sale and has been on the market since February 2010 when it was offered for $1.95m was then reduced to $1.05m and is currently on the market at $678,400 (£428,962).