Aug 28, 2014

Steve McQueen's Hunky Family Tree

When I was in high school in the 1970s, the heterosexual girls and gay boys agreed that Steve McQueen was the hunkiest movie star of all time.  We couldn't name any movie that we had actually seen him in -- his heyday was in the 1960s, when he starred in blockbusters like The Great Escape (1963), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), and The Reivers (1969).  

But he had an aura of coolness about him that kept us reading movie magazines and pinning his posters to our bedroom walls up until his death in 1980, at the age of 50.

Steve had two children: a daughter, Terry (1959-1998), and a son, Chad (born 1960), who became a race car driver, martial artist, and actor.

Here he threatens Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid (1984).

Chad has three children, Madison, Chase, and Terrence.  Chase, who just turned 19, is a professional soccer player in England.

Terrence renamed himself Steven R. McQueen in honor of his grandfather. He's a model and actor, with starring roles in Everwood, Minutemen, and CSI.

Now he's playing Jeremy Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries.

He played a gay character in Everwood, and he's been interviewed in gay magazines, so apparently he's an ally.

See also: The Gay Connection of Julio Iglesias.

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