Steve McQueen

McQueen in 1959, CBS Television

Birth Name: Terence Steven McQueen

Date of Birth: March 24, 1930

Place of Birth: Beech Grove, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Death: November 7, 1980

Place of Death: Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, distant Cornish, Dutch, Welsh

Steve McQueen was an American actor. He was nicknamed “The King of Cool.”

Steve was the son of Julian/Julia Ann (Crawford) and William Terence McQueen. He was married to model Barbara Minty, until his death. Steve had two children, Terry McQueen and actor Chad McQueen, with his former wife, Filipino-born actress, singer, and dancer Neile Adams. He was the grandfather of actors Steven R. McQueen and Molly McQueen. Molly is married to actor Andy Favreau.

Steve’s patrilineal line can be traced to Dugal McQueen, who was born, c. 1690, in Moy, Invernessshire, Scotland.

Steve’s paternal grandfather was Lewis/Louis D. McQueen (the son of Jacob C. McQueen and Elizabeth Akin/Aiken). Lewis was born in Illinois. Jacob was the son of Joseph T. McQueen and Catherine Cook. Elizabeth was the daughter of Daniel Akin, who was born in Kentucky, and of Sarah Stoughton.

Steve’s paternal grandmother was Caroline Myrtle “Carrie” Culbertson (the daughter of Daniel T. Culbertson and Martha Allen Bridgeland/Bridgland). Caroline was born in Indiana. Daniel was the son of Robert Culbertson and Rebecca King. Martha was the daughter of Alexander Bridgeland/Bridgland and Harriet/Harriett Susan/Susannah Thornton.

Steve’s maternal grandfather was Victor Lee Crawford (the son of Cornelius “Neal” Crawford and Caroline Van Buren/Vanburen). Victor was born in Ghent, Carroll, Kentucky. Cornelius was the son of William Crawford and Sarah Brooks.

Steve’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Thomson (the daughter of John William Thomson and Julia Franklin Graves). Lillian was born in Missouri, to parents from Kentucky. John was the son of Pike Montgomery Thomson and Elizabeth Elnora “Betty” Goodwin. Julia was born in Marion County, the daughter of Aron/Aaron S. Graves and Augusta Jane Montgomery.

Sources: Genealogies of Steve McQueen –

Genealogy of Steve McQueen (focusing on his father’s side) –

Steve McQueen on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Steve’s maternal grandfather, Victor Lee Crawford, on the 1870 U.S. Census –
Victor Lee Crawford on the 1880 U.S. Census –

9 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    According to various websites, Steve McQueen had Slovak ancestry. That is rather bizarre.

    • madman says:

      Very bizarre indeed. They seem to claim that either he himself, his parents, or just his father, were/was born in Jastrabie, Michalovciach, Czechoslovakia, and that his birth name was originally Stefan Ihnat.

      The thing is, Stefan Ihnat, better known as Steve Ihnat, was a completely different actor, who was born in Jastrabie. Why someone concluded that his life story was actually the life story of Steve McQueen, I have no idea.

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