Terence Steven McQueen was born in Indiana and had a difficult childhood. He was born to a stunt pilot, William T. McQueen, and Julia Ann Crawford. His father left his mother six months after they met. His mother was an alcoholic and a part-time prostitute which made it impossible for her to raise a small child. Unable to give him what he deserved, she left him with her parents in Missouri in 1933. He was raised as a Catholic by his grandparents. He has been recorded describing how much of a pleasure it was to live with his grandparents at the farm of his grandmother’s brother. But this happy childhood wasn’t meant to stay for long. When he was eight, his mother came back to take him back to live with her and her new husband. It was difficult for him to leave the farm and it got even more difficult back home in Indianapolis with his mother and stepfather. His stepfather tortured him to the extent that a nine-year-old boy got forced to run away to live on the streets. Streetlife comes with it negatives and soon he got involved in small scale crimes. Tired of his behavior, his mother sent him back to his grandparents, but it wasn’t long until he called back for him when she remarried for the third time. His new stepfather was no good too but, this time, McQueen fought back, after which he was sent back to his grandparents’ for one last time because after this return, nobody called for him- he ran astray. Although he ran away without even saying goodbye, it didn’t take much time for him to land in the horror house of his mother and stepfather after he got involved in criminal activities.

They got him admitted into the California Junior Boys Republic to correct his behavior. The step worked, and he was soon seen as a role model for the boys. Before becoming an actor, he was a part of several jobs. He worked in a brothel, on an oil rig, as a salesperson and even joined the military. He failed miserably at serving the military and was honorably discharged in 1950 after three years of rebellion and indiscipline. He was a brilliant bike rider and won several races each week which made him earn hundreds of dollars. Finally in 1952, he got serious about acting and, with some financial help, joined the acting school Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York Click to look into! >> Read More... . He got his first break as a lead artist in a low budget movie, The Blob, in the year 1958. It was his ticket to success because he then made two more movies in 1959, one in 1960, two more in 1962 and one in 1963 and continued doing more almost every year since then. It was his time, and it was good. He was highly appreciated in his 1963 movie, Great Escape. Although in the beginning, he was famous for his anti-hero personality, he did not stick to one career persona throughout his career- he played an action hero in Bullitt and a family-oriented role in The Reivers. After doing many more movies, he went into a four-year pause in the 1970s. The hiatus was taken well when he returned with a different look and a great movie, An Enemy of the People. He did two more movies after that until he got sick. He was reported to have developed a cough that won’t go away. Tests confirmed that it was a type of rare lung cancer that had no cure. It was believed to have occurred due to exposure to asbestos.

By 1980, he was told there was nothing that could be done to prolong his life. But like anybody’s natural instincts would go, his went to saving himself too. He took a trip to Mexico, which has been reported to have cost about $40,000 per month, where he took several unconventional and unapproved treatments that involved unusual steps like coffee enemas, injections of live cells from animals, etc. He was being treated there by a doctor whose medical license was for orthodontics only. The treatments did not work, and he returned to the U.S. to have yet another surgery. All his efforts went in vain when he died in his sleep due to a cardiac arrest. After his death, he was included in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and also in the Hall of Great Western Performers.

Burt Lancaster English Actor

Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster, whose full name is Burton Stephen Lancaster was born in Manhattan, New York City. The house in which he was born is now the place where Benjamin Franklin Plaza is present. He was the son of a mail carrier, James Henry Lancaster, and Elizabeth. He was part Irish since his paternal grandparents were Irish, who migrated to the U. S. Burt. He attended the DeWitt Clinton High School and was the typical basketball star of his school. His interest was in gymnastics in which he also developed amazing skills. In fact, the New York University selected him with an athletic scholarship. However, he dropped out of the University later. His mother died of a cerebral hemorrhage before he even graduated out of high school. By the time he was 19, he was involved with actor and stunt performer, Nick Cravat, with whom he worked in local productions in theaters and also performed circus arts owing to his gymnastic skills. He performed in circus arts at the Union Settlement which was one of the oldest settlement houses in the city. In the 1930s, they took their acrobatic career to the next professional level by forming an acrobatic pair, Lang, and Cravat, and later joined the famous Kay Brothers circus. However, in 1939, due to an unfortunate occurring, Lancaster was forced to give up on his acrobatic career since he suffered an injury. For a few years, he took up some temporary jobs. For some time, he took the job of a salesman and even sang in restaurants in which he was a waiter. Things began to change when the U.S. joined the World War II, and he joined the Army in 1942. He served in Italy for two years, where he worked with General Mark Clark’s Fifth Army as an entertainment provider to keep up the morale of the soldiers. It was just the right track for him to get on back to the path of success he was destined to be on. After returning from service, he auditioned for a Broadway play. Although he wasn’t very sure about acting, he did it well enough to be offered a role. The show went on for just a few weeks, but that was enough for him to be seen and appreciated. After the show had ended, he got cast in the 1946 movie, The Killers, when a Hollywood agent, Harold Hecht, got in touch with him. He was appreciated in the movie and, therefore, got featured in two more movies the next year. He acted in several movies since then and received various awards, including an Oscar for Best Actor, The New York Film Critics Award, and the Golden Globe Award – all for his performance in his most appreciated work, Elmer Gantry. Many of his movies were adventure-based with some form of action involved but during the later part of his career, he set in mind on doing more challenging roles and got appreciated for them. He began demanding for more challenging and distinguished roles and was even ready to work for a lesser pay if the role was worth it. He developed such respect for distinguished work that he helped several artistic works financially. Although he was an extremely successful and talented actor, it did not mean he was restricted to just that. He directed two movies, The Kentuckian, and The Midnight Man and co-produced several movies and started his production company with his previous producer Harold Hecht and with Hill. It was called Hecht-Hill-Lancaster. The company was a mega hit in the industry, producing only successful movies. It was said to have made only good films and people were waiting for a flop by the company because it was so unexpected that it’d ever happen. For his remarkable contribution to the motion picture industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His private life was guarded. He had three marriages, the first two ended in divorce. His third marriage, to Susan Martin, continued until he died. He had five children, all from his second marriage. The FBI and his family, after his death, revealed that he had several affairs with both men and women and that he suffered from depression. He died in LA of a heart attack in 1994. He has been ill previously as he had had two more heart attacks before the final one. He also suffered from atherosclerosis. A stroke in 1990 left his paralyzed, and he was unable to move or speak. He had no funeral or service after his death, as per his request.

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Harold Lloyd

Harold was born in 1893 to Sarah E. Fraser and James Darsie Lloyd in Nebraska. When he was quite young, his parents got divorced after his father tried his luck in different failed business attempts. He moved to San Diego with his father after the divorce. Although he had acted in different theaters while he was still a child, his exposure to the life in California gave him the opportunity to work in one-reel films that had a comedic background. His participation in films increased after he was hired as an extra by Universal. He became friends with Hal Roach, who was an aspiring filmmaker, and they began working together on various projects after Roach had his studio. Although it is said that most of their collaborations were related to the work of Charlie Chaplin’s films, Harold had his stand too as he released more films than Charlie did and hence made more money overall. During these collaborations in 1914, Lloyd hired Bebe Daniels, and they got involved romantically. The relationship lasted till 1919 when she left him for her career . He got involved with Mildred Davis the same year and a few years later, in 1923, they got married. He had two children with her, Gloria Lloyd and Harold Clayton Lloyd Jr. and they adopted another child, Gloria Freeman, whom they later renamed as Marjorie E. Lloyd. Harold Jr., according to some sources, was gay, and he took it positively. However, his life was quite short since he died of a stroke months after his father’s death. Lloyd kept back Mildred from acting, and when he somehow changed his decision, it was too late for her career to begin again. His work life was mostly controlled by him. During the beginning of his career, he did characters that were based upon the 1920s version of the U.S. and hence was loved by the people. It fitted well with reality. One of his most famous characters is ‘’Glasses’’ in which he is seen wearing lens-less glasses with a horn-rimmed frame with normal clothes. The change in his look was made after Roach suggested that Lloyd was too handsome for a comedic character. This change was taken positively by the audience since the things he did resonate well with them. It made his actions more believable. He portrayed people of all sorts of social standards through the character. In 1919, he faced a mishap when he mistook a prop bomb for a smoke pot. It exploded in his hands and did severe damage to his index finger and a thumb and burnt several body parts. After losing a finger and a thumb, he began using prosthetic gloves which were sometimes visible on screen but covered the less number of fingers nevertheless. After doing several successful short feature films, he took the next step of moving forward to full-length feature films with Roach. With movies like Grandma’s Boy and ‘’Why Worry?’’, ‘’Safety Last!’’ guaranteed his position in the industry. ‘’Safety Last!’’ is in the List of 100 Most Thrilling Movies, given by the American Film Institute and is the oldest film to be on the list. After many successful ventures, he began the filmmaking journey on his own in 1924. He started producing his films independently. He also became one of the founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After the Great Depression, his movies resonated less and less with the audience. The frequency of his film releases decreased and so did his popularity. The characters that he played in his career did not suit the reality that the Great Depression brought with it. After the decline in his popularity, he sold the land on which his studio, Harold Lloyd Motion Picture Company, was built to a church. In 1994, he became the host and director of an NBC radio series called The Old Gold Comedy Theater, which presented radio-versions of famous comedy films. The show ended the following year. Along with being a successful actor, he was good at heart too. He was always involved with churches and charities, and after his demand had declined, he remained interested and associated with different hospitals, churches, charities, etc. Even though his acting career ended, he was still famous in the industry when he became a nude photographer for people like Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, etc. after studying photograph and microscopy. For his inputs as a good citizen and for being a wonderful actor, he received the Academy Honorary Award in 1953. He died of prostate cancer in 1971 in California. He had two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was even honored by having his image on a postage stamp in the U.S.

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