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: Scottish, English, 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 Julia Ann (Crawford) and Terrence William McQueen. He was married to model Barbara Minty, until his death. Steve had two children, Terry and actor Chad McQueen, with his former wife, Filipino-born actress, singer, and dancer Neile Adams. He was the grandfather of actor Steven R. McQueen.

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 Tanner McQueen and Catherine Cook. Elizabeth was the daughter of Daniel W. Aikin and Sarah Stoughton.

Steve’s paternal grandmother was Caroline Myrtle 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 Susan Thornton.

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

Steve’s maternal grandmother was Mae Lillian Thomson (the daughter of John William Thomson and Julia Franklin Graves). Mae was born in Missouri. John was the son of Pike Montgomery Thomson and Elizabeth Elnora Goodwin. Julia was the daughter of Aaron/Aron 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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