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For many years, just the name of legendary actor Steve McQueen, the highest-paid actor of his era in Hollywood, meant “cool.” Yet few people know that late in his life, the star of now-legendary films such as Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven, and The Great Escape, began a spiritual journey that led to Christian faith.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. local time, McQueen’s little-known story unfolds in movie theaters nationwide for a one-night event, STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON.

Iconic actor Steve McQueen starred in 'Bullitt.'

Iconic actor Steve McQueen starred in ‘Bullitt.’ Photo Courtesy of Barbara Minty McQueen

“It’s wildly ironic that one of the world’s most well-known men did something important that most people are unaware of,” says Harvest Ministries’ Greg Laurie, event host. “STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON documents a top star’s exodus from a world of fame and fortune to search for meaning, truth and significance.”

Filmmakers Jon and Andy Erwin (Woodlawn) direct STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICONpresented by American Icon Films LLC and Fathom Events. Laurie, driving his mint replica of McQueen’s classic Ford Mustang from Bullitt, leads audiences into the little-known heart of his hero. Like McQueen, Laurie also survived a troubled childhood.

Steve McQueen was equated with the word "cool" for the span of his career.

Steve McQueen was equated with the word “cool” for the span of his career. Photo Courtesy Lovell-Fairchild Communications.

STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON moves through in-depth interviews with McQueen’s wife, model Barbara Minty McQueen, and debuts her candid photographs from McQueen’s last years. Interviews also feature Academy Award®-winning actor Mel Gibson, renowned stuntman Stan Barrett, celebrated McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill, actors Barbara Leigh and Mel Novak, and the pilots who taught Steve to fly.

Steve McQueen starred in 'The Magnificent Seven'

Steve McQueen starred in ‘The Magnificent Seven’. Photo Courtesy Lovell-Fairchild Communications.

In addition to the 110-minute documentary, STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON showcases a message from Laurie and a performance by leading contemporary Christian band MercyMe.

 

 

 

About Greg Laurie
Pastor Greg Laurie serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, one of the largest churches in America; is the author of more than 70 books; is the creator of 3 feature films; hosts the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, A New Beginning; and is the founder of Harvest Crusades, a large-scale evangelistic ministry attended by more than 7.6 people worldwide, both in-person in stadiums & arenas across the U.S., Canada, Australia & New Zealand, and via live satellite broadcasts.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit Fathom Events.

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