The king of cool would be turning 79 tomorrow. He passed away from mesothelioma (asbestos based cancer) in '80. Levon Helm has stated that Robbie Robertson had dined w/ McQueen. You either loved or hated McQueen. He could be very philanthropic or a menace. One thing is for certain...love him or hate him...he rocked his film & tv parts. His eyes peered through his eyebrows. We read the Christopher Sandford bio on McQueen...a very good read for McQueen enthusiasts. An actor such as McQueen only comes once in a lifetime.