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The 'Could Have Been' McQueen Movies

Unless otherwise noted, the following are some of the better-known movies to be turned down by Steve followed by the actor who did get the role

  • The Execution of Private Slovik - Martin Sheen

  • Ocean's Eleven - I'm not sure which role he was offered

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's - He was unable to accept due to contractual obligations to the series Wanted: Dead or Alive.  George Peppard eventually got the role.

  • Marooned - Gregory Peck

  • King Rat - George Segal

  • Return of the Seven - Robert Fuller

  • The Kremlin Letter - Richard Boone

  • Ice Station Zebra - Rock Hudson

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Robert Redford

  • Dirty Harry - Clint Eastwood

  • Play Misty for Me - Clint Eastwood

  • The French Connection - Gene Hackman

  • Fort Apache, The Bronx - Paul Newman

  • The Betsy - Robert Duvall

  • First Blood - Sylvester Stallone

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Jack Nicholson

  • Apocalypse Now - Martin Sheen

  • Raid on Entebbe - Peter Finch

  • Raise the Titanic! - Jason Robards

  • A Bridge Too Far - Robert Redford

  • Grace Quigley - Nick Nolte

  • The Missouri Breaks - Jack Nicholson

  • The Towering Inferno II

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Richard Dreyfus

  • The Driver - Ryan O'Neal

  • Convoy - Kris Kristofferson

*There are several other films he did not turn down and may have made had he not fallen ill including The Bodyguard, Dogs of War, Quigley, Down Under, Hang Tough and Pale Blue Ribbon.


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