The legendary actor Steve McQueen was known as the "King of Cool" for a reason. The man just oozed 'star power' in his iconic roles in The Cincinnati Kid, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Thomas Crown Affair. His anti-hero persona dominated screens throughout the 60s and by the 70s he was the highest-paid movie star in the entire world. But the McQueen legacy in Hollywood didn't stop when the star passed away in 1980. His grandson Steven R. McQueen has recently created quite a TV career for himself.
Steven Chadwick McQueen's father is Chad McQueen who was also an actor known for the role of Dutch in The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II. His mother, Stacia Robitaille, has taken his stepfather's surname, Luc Robitaille, a former professional hockey player who is currently president of the Los Angeles Kings. Steven also has three younger half-siblings from his parents' remarriages.
He grew up in Los Angeles, California surrounded by talented relatives. His paternal grandmother is Filipino actress Neile Adams and his second cousin is Enrique Iglesias (there's some interesting trivia). Though he didn't ever get to know his grandfather in person since he was born 8 years after his death, he's been able to watch all of his films. In 2014 he even got to see a documentary based on his grandfather which aired on Spike TV, "I Am Steve McQueen." Steven explained to The Wrap that it was a special experience getting to watch it.
"I never got to meet my grandfather and I'm sure the younger audiences don't know much about him. So, it was cool for myself to learn about him, and hopefully some people that watch." He also admitted that watching his grandfather was part of the reason he wanted to become an actor. "I was like, 'Wow, this guy's pretty cool. Maybe, I want to give this a shot.'"
While his grandfather might have been the king of the film world, the kid McQueen has really created a strong TV career. He landed a recurring role on the television series Everwood before booking the main role of Jeremy Gilbert on The CW's The Vampire Diaries for six seasons. He grew up on the show and even dated his co-star for a time, Candice Accola. Though it was bittersweet, Steven wanted to move on to new things after six years on one show so he went on to play Jimmy Borelli on Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.
Though he hasn't been up to much since, he has appeared on multiple other shows over the years -- CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Numb3rs, Threshold, and the docuseries Medal of Honor. He has even appeared in the Hallmark film Home by Spring. He's also appeared in a few films -- Club Soda, the role of Derek Beaugard in the Disney film Minutemen, Piranha 3D, The Take Off, and most recently, The Warrant. With the McQueen talent running in his family, there's no doubt big things to come for this actor.
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