Long before actor Steve McQueen famously hopped behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang in Bullitt or broke out of a POW camp in The Great Escape, the actor -- once dubbed the "King of Cool" -- was a rejected child, living on a hog farm in central Missouri.
In this week's Riverfront Times, illustrator Tim Lane traces the late actor's life to the tiny town of Slater where McQueen's alcoholic mother abandoned him in the care of his larger-than-life great uncle, Claude Thomson. McQueen would spend most his childhood on his uncle's farm before getting into trouble as a pugnacious preteen and -- eventually -- running off to join the circus.
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