Steve McQueen, ‘King of Cool’ starred in more than two dozen films from 1953-1980. Films like ‘Bullitt’, ‘Papillon’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘The Great Escape’ made McQueen a legend and an icon. He seemed to have everything that fame and fortune could buy in life.
Yet, Steve McQueen wasn’t satisfied. He felt something was still missing in his life. By the time he figured it out, Steve was already diagnosed with cancer – pleural mesothelioma in 1979. There was no known cure at the time.
Despite being one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood at the peak of his career, McQueen sought out a spiritual significance in his life. Six months prior to his death, Steve McQueen did something that was kept hidden for years until now. His only regret in life was that he might not be able to tell people about it.
However, with the soon to be released movie, “Steve McQueen: American Now” McQueen’s wish is about to come true.
H/T Western Journalism:
Legendary actor Steve McQueen returned to the screen Sunday before an audience of 38,000 packed into a Phoenix stadium for the Harvest America Crusade as Pastor Greg Laurie shared the most important part of McQueen’s saga.
“I thought this is a story that needs to be told,” Laurie said. “It’s a story McQueen, in his own words, worried he’d never be able to share with the world. Now, almost 40 years after his step into heaven, he’ll finally get the chance.”
“And one thing Steve said before he died was, ‘My only regret in life is that I was not able to tell people about what Christ did for me,’” he added.
McQueen, who starred in more than two dozen films from 1953-1980, died in 1980 at the age of 50 from mesothelioma.
“In a significant turn toward the end of his life, ironically, just before he found out that he had cancer and while still the top movie star on earth, Steve did something that showed me that he really was ‘the coolest of them all.’ He put his faith in God and became a believer in Jesus Christ,” said Laurie.
“He was simultaneously the most unlikely and then again maybe the most likely person to come to faith in God,” Laurie said.
Despite being one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood at the peak of his career — and one of its highest-paid — Laurie said McQueen sought out a spiritual significance in his life.
(pictured – Pastor Greg Laurie)
“When you’ve experienced everything that this culture offers, you will see how empty it is,” Laurie said. “That was true of Steve: He had it all, but something was missing, and that led him to a little church in Santa Paula, California, where he heard the message of Jesus Christ for maybe the first time in a way he understood it.”
Laurie said McQueen’s experience was like that of many others: He asked a church-going friend if they could attend church together. In this case, Laurie noted, the friend was flight instructor Sammy Mason, who was teaching McQueen to fly a biplane.
Leonard DeWitt, the pastor of Ventura Missionary Church at the time, helped McQueen accept Christ, Laurie said.
“I know this because Pastor DeWitt met with Steve maybe a month after that, and they had a long discussion where the pastor answered a lot of Steve’s questions,” Laurie said. “The pastor asked Steve, ‘Have you become a born-again Christian?’ And Steve said he had.”
It looks like now, Steve McQueen’s one regret is coming true! Steve McQueen wanted everyone to know what Christ did for him. Six months before Steve McQueen died, he decided to follow Christ and become a Christian.
His story, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon has now been made into a documentary and a film. Here’s the trailer:
The movie will be released on September 28th (ONE NIGHT ONLY) in select theaters. Check here for availability at local theaters and locations near you. You don’t want to miss this!