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Steve McQueen enjoys rehearsal of his escape scene in the film “The Great Escape,†being filmed in Munich, Germany on Jan. 1, 1963. McQueen, who feels at home on a motorcycle, rode the dangerous course without benefit of a stuntman or stand-in. McQueen earned $9 million last year, thanks in part to Porsche who used the actor's image with a new line of McQueen clothes including a $500 racing jacket. (AP Photo)

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McQueen joined the United States Marine Corps and was promoted to private first class and assigned to an armored unit. At first, he reverted to his prior rebelliousness, and was demoted to private seven times. He took an unauthorized absence by failing to return after a weekend pass expired, staying with a girlfriend for two weeks until the shore patrol caught him. He resisted arrest and spent 41 days in the brig. After this, McQueen resolved to focus his energies on self-improvement and embraced the Marines' discipline. He saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. He was assigned to the honor guard, responsible for guarding then US President Harry Truman's yacht. McQueen served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged. He later said he had enjoyed his time in the Marines. Steve McQueen enjoys rehearsal of his escape scene in the film “The Great Escape,†being filmed in Munich, Germany on Jan. 1, 1963. McQueen, who feels at home on a motorcycle, rode the dangerous course without benefit of a stuntman or stand-in. Other stars featured in the film are: James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. (AP Photo)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Actor Steve McQueen (left), actress-author Suzanne Somers (center) and talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey are just three of the many celebrities whose fame has led some Americans to follow their lead on alternative medicine. Followers may call Ms. Somers a pioneer, while critics may prefer the term "quackadoo," says Ms. Winfrey, one of her supporters.

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Brad Pitt, left, and Steve McQueen pose in the press room with the award for best picture for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Brad Pitt, left, and Steve McQueen pose in the press room with the award for best picture for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Director Steve McQueen poses in the press room with the award for best picture for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Director Steve McQueen, left, congratulates Lupita Nyong'o on her win for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" as her brother Peter, background from left, and actors John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, look on, during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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Director Steve McQueen, left, celebrates with the cast and crew of "12 Years a Slave" as they accept the award for best picture during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)