Steve McQueen

Although he became one of American cinema’s great legends, Steve McQueen’s early years showed little promise. The man who said, “If I hadn’t made it as an actor, I might have wound up a hood” was a tough, self-reliant kid who chafed against authority. As a teen, he found himself in the California Junior Boy’s Republic – a home for wayward boys. Although at the time he tried to run away, McQueen later credited the Boy’s Republic for setting him on the straight and narrow, and was a longtime supporter of the organisation.