Steve McQueen: A Hollywood Legend

The Cincinnati Kid, 1965

Who would ever forget Steve McQueen and his portrayal as “The Cincinnati Kid”? He was one of the highest paid movie actors in Hollywood during his time. The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 classic poker movie about a young card player who dreams to win the title of being the best poker player of all time. McQueen was the perfect icon of the American dream. He started as a poor lad and rose to become one of the most popular movie stars in the world. He was an avid car and motorcycle racer.

The Cincinnati Kid
McQueen’s portrayal as the Cincinnati Kid became one of his most iconic moments. There are people who play the actual game or in websites such as www.binguez.es; to become a better poker player. This is why many are still aspiring to be as good as what McQueen in his legendary movie. The set-up of the movie is what people usually imagined of a poker game—a cool hobby surrounded with a smoky atmosphere and a crowd. As “The Kid” seeks to establish a reputation as the best poker player in the world, his quest leads him to challenging “The Man.” Their face-off culminates a climatic poker game between the two players.

The players played {Five Card Stud}. The game begins with each player being dealt with one card face down, this will be followed with another card facing up. During a bring-in, the player with the lowest card facing up is required to pay the “bring-in” (forced bet). If both players have equally ranked low cards, suit rankings will be used to break the tie. If there is no bring-in, the first betting round will begin with the player showing the highest-ranking upcard. In case of having equally ranked cards, instead of using the suit of the card, the player first in clockwise rotation from the dealer will be the one to act first.

Because of his effective portrayal as a poker player in {The Cincinnati Kid}, Steve McQueen became a credible persona, even with his roles in other movies. He was named as the King of Cool for nothing. He was known for his rugged good looks and tough guy personality.

The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Blob, Bullitt, The Towering Inferno, and Papillon are just some of McQueen’s famous films. He also managed to become the most in demand actor, enabling him to ask for high salaries for every project, in spite of him being combative with other producers and directors.

But every great icon has his limitation. McQueen was diagnosed with cancer. A tumor in his right lung was shown in an x-ray that was taken in the latter part 1979. This type of cancer stemmed from exposure to asbestos. He had sought for several alternative therapies for this condition and undergone a surgery to remove several tumors in his lungs. After fighting a good battle with cancer, he eventually became weak and died on November 7, 1980.

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