Steve McQueen branded ‘chicken s**t’ over bitter jealousy with Paul Newman

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    The Great Escape star had to fight tooth and nail to get into the acting business and make it as a star. He didn’t have the privileged background Newman enjoyed and even got mixed up in a gang when growing up in Beech Grove, Indiana. The star was looking to escape an even worse home life, but it only got him into further trouble

    Eventually, his mother sent him away to a facility for troubled youth. At just the age of 12, he had built a reputation for getting into all kinds of trouble, even infamously earning the nickname Wild Kid.

    The school helped him turn his behaviour around, leading to him land a series of odd jobs before making his first major TV appearance. This show was Wanted: Dead or Alive. He played a bounty hunter named Josh Randall and it was this very role that started to secure him roles on the big screen.

    Eventually, McQueen got into the sport of racing, something Newman already found success in, intensifying their rivalry.

    Published at Tue, 01 Mar 2022 15:46:48 +0000

    Steve McQueen branded ‘chicken s**t’ over bitter jealousy with Paul Newman