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Portrait of an American Rebel to be Made into a Film

McQueen (1930-1980) was born in Indiana and grew up fatherless with an alcoholic mother. After stints in a reform school and the Marine Corp., he landed in New York City where he caught the acting bug. He soon won an acting scholarship and in 1956 got his break in the film Somebody Up There Likes Me . That same year he met and married dancer Neile Adams. The TV series, Wanted: Dead or Alive , brought him to the attention of director John Sturges who cast him in The Magnificent Seven . Three years later The Great Escape made him a star. The strength of this book lies in the history the author has compiled on McQueen's 28 films--their genesis, their filming and how the critics and the paying public responded. Terrill also delves into the offscreen side of McQueen: his passion for motorcyles, fast cars and bedding his female co-stars. The author goes on to chronicle McQueen's frequent, admitted use of LSD, marijuana and cocaine; his revulsion of homosexuals; his divorce and his subsequent marriages to actress Ali McGraw and model Barbara Minty; and, finally, his battle against lung cancer. Terrill, a dealer of Beatles' memorabilia, makes a solid impression with his first book. Photos.

Producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters are bringing a Steve McQueen biopic to the big screen. They have acquired the rights to Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel."

The project will primarily chronicle McQueen's Hollywood career, which began in 1956 when the Indiana native got his break in the film Somebody Up There Likes Me.

Cerenzie and Peters are producing alongside Brian Oliver and Chuck Rock of Arthaus Productions.

The book, which was published in paperback in October, also delves into McQueen's offscreen penchant for motorcycles, fast cars and drugs. Project will examine his three marriages, including his stormy relationship with Ali McGraw, as well as his battle against lung cancer.

Source: Variety

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