Steve McQueen with cigarette

So it seems like every men’s magazine or site hails Steve McQueen as an icon*, and it’s easy to see why: He was arguably the first action star and he indisputably knew how to dress. His effortless style and steely gaze in movies like 1963’s The Great Escape, 1972’s The Getaway and 1960’s The Magnificent Seven made him, as Steve Almond writes, “a maestro of masculinity” far beyond his premature passing in 1980. On the 45th anniversary of the release of Bullitt, the car-chase epic that cemented McQueen’s reputation as a cinematic and masculine icon, to explore his style and what he means to men today. —Michael Martin

See why the King of Cool is a menswear icon with this gallery of his best on- and offscreen looks.

 

Get Steve’s Looks
(photos) by Lyndsey Saul

Learn how to recreate seven of McQueen’s signature looks, including how to wear denim on denim without becoming of a victim of the tragic Canadian Tuxedo.

 

A photo retrospective of McQueen’s loveliest ladies on film and in life.

 

Why Steve McQueen’s brand of masculinity—the brooding reticence, the fixation on motorized escape—was no convenient pose.

 

Steve McQueen The Magnificent Seven

My Son and Steve McQueen
by Neal Pollack

My eight-year-old wants to be Steve McQueen. The cinematic icon has some unexpected things to teach him about being a man.

 

How Steve McQueen turned fashion statements into declarations of independence onscreen.

 

* – yeah, it’s a kind of a cliché, but we’re just gonna own it.