July 28, 2021

Steve McQueen, Pioneering Actor and Public Victim of Mesothelioma

Although Steve McQueen will likely be remembered for his role in numerous films, rather than his death battling mesothelioma, this Indiana native’s struggle with mesothelioma brought the disease to public attention.

Born in Beech Grove, Indiana, Terrence Steven McQueen began his rocky life in 1930 living with his grandparents. In 1947, McQueen began military service by joining the U.S. Marine Corps. During his service, McQueen spent a great deal of time onboard naval transports. Although unsubstantiated, this time has been suggested as one possible source of his mesothelioma.

After being honorably discharged in 1950, McQueen began buying up and racing motorcycles and cars. Additionally, he began his acting career as the quintessential anti-hero. He is well known for his roles in The Sand Pebbles, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno.

In 1974, McQueen was the highest-paid movie star in the world. Adding to his appeal, McQueen performed many of his own stunts. He also designed a bucket seat and transbrake for racecars. At the time that McQueen drove racecars, the fire suits worn by racers were made with asbestos, which may be another possible source of his mesothelioma.

At age 49, McQueen was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Unfortunately, his mesothelioma was so far advanced that it was considered inoperable by U.S. surgeons. As a result, McQueen traveled to Mexico to have multiple tumors removed and died after the operation from cardiac arrest, less than one year after his diagnosis.

Although McQueen was unable to defeat the mesothelioma, his fame and fight survived him, bringing national awareness to the issue of mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Indiana, our experienced Indiana mesothelioma lawyers can help you to gain compensation for your mesothelioma claim. Please contact us today by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) today for your free case evaluation.