Here is a photo I found online. It was from a photoshoot by Life Photographer John Dominis.

In the spring of 1963, Steve McQueen opened up the doors of his Palm Springs home to Life magazine photographer John Dominis.

Three weeks and more than 40 rolls of film later, Dominis had an unrivalled insight into the award-winning actor’s life, having spent time with his family, camped with his friends, and raced his cars around Hollywood.

He captured some intimate and now-iconic images – only a handful of which were ever published – and here is a selection that was not featured in the magazine at the time.

Steve and his wife, Nellie Adams, liked to shoot guns in the desert. Not sure about that prone position below.



  • ostiariusalpha

    Heh heh, I have no complaints about Nellie’s shooting positions. ?

    • Geoffry K

      Well, it does accentuate certain assets.
      But, hot desert sand.
      I wouldn’t lay prone on it either.

    • Jamie

      Yep. That position requires some specialized shooting.

  • Trey

    hope she was shooting .22rf or her nose would be in danger of hammer bite the hard way.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Her fine nose is at least three or four inches behind the furthest travel of the hammer, she has nothing to worry about there. Now her hearing, on the other hand, is in some peril; that revolver looks like it’s chambered for at least .38 Special, and that’ll do a number on unprotected eardrums, especially that close to your face.

      • RealitiCzech

        It’s the 60s. Only weak people use hearing protection.

        • SCW

          HUH?…You say somethin’?

        • Badkarma060

          Shot my lil 44 bulldog pug at the out door range the other day and forgot my ears, had a little while of “What???. LOL. The funny thing about that, had a little incident many years back at work where I had to let roscoe talk, no ringing in the ears then. Adrenaline is a wonderful thing…

          • Billy Jack

            I learned to shoot in the Boy Scouts with a M1 for the Rifle merit badge. No ears and no issues at the time. Nowadays I just pretend I have bionic ears when they start ringing.

          • Badkarma060

            I hear you…pardon the pun.

    • Big Daddy

      What nose, she has a nose?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Dude looked liked he enjoyed life.

    As I sit here in my three walled cubicle watching the meter run down on my existence and the color bleaching out of my skin by fluorescent lighting while doing a job that has no significance or meaning……

    Yeah, im drinking tonight.

    • ostiariusalpha

      He really was a pretty intense dude, it is somewhat ironic that for all irresponsible gun handling, fast driving, smoking, drinking and other drugs that he did, it ended up being his exposure to asbestos from when he was a young Marine that did him in.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Hey man, he lived.
        Thats the important thing.
        Hes in a cool motorcycle movie called “On Any Sunday”. Its a documentary.

        • Jalopnik goes nuts over anything McQueen + vehicles, as they should. You should join in.

          • charlesrhamilton

            No thanks. I avoid Gawker media like I avoid herpes. It’s pretty much the same thing.

          • Completely understand your sentiments. I tend to believe Jalopnik is the last holdout for decency if they got rid of Ballaban and maybe Torchinski

        • charlesrhamilton

          Great movie!

    • manBear

      You just perfectly summarized my life

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Ok, lets get ripped.

        • Baileys in my coffe has always been tempting when crunching data or analyzing behavioral reports.

          • Tassiebush

            That reminded me that I used to sip rum before school when I was 17 or 18 πŸ˜‰

        • David W

          You hit the nail on the head, where are we all meeting up?

      • MR

        These comments make me appreciate working C shift even more, I can always hit the range after work, and have it pretty much to myself.

    • Thats one reason I liked riding around in a police car all day or night. Outdoors and plenty to keep you busy.

      • Nicks87

        Yeah sometimes I miss that, now days if I’m not at the range or in the gym I’m stuck behind a desk until I retire.

    • Tassiebush

      Combine it with some night fishing I reckon for an awesome adventure. Wading round with the spear and net after flounder, flathead and prawns half tanked is awesome! If not for the floating Esky tied to me the other night I would have been able to nail an on shore wallaby that was mesmerized by my headlamp too! (Curses)

    • TVOrZ6dw

      Damn you shining the light of cold, hard reality on me. Now I need a drink…
      Steve McQueen was the man, no doubts about it.

  • Lance

    Was a good actor and one of the few who exercise his constitutional rights

  • Edeco

    Some may call me a blasphemer, but I wish he and that role and the innapropriate motorcycle were not included in The Great Escape. I guess it made it more palatable to audiences, but I look down my snood at it. Directly down my snood, I’ll have you know.

    • ostiariusalpha

      They ameliorate it somewhat by depicting the showy motorcycle escapade as ultimately a futile waste of effort. It was only the least bold, most low-key escape attempt that succeeded in the end.

      • Edeco

        Interesting, had not thought of that, that does help a little. But the character/subplot is so smarmy. And even the ultimately unsuccessful escape attempts, you know, helped the cause by causing the enemy hardship, to have to allocate resources that otherwise, in theory, could have went to the front lines… so he’s like, a dashing clown as opposed to tragic.

  • Geoff

    Today this man would be painted a gun-toting maniac redneck, i.e. a true American

  • Just think if you had drinks with McQueen and Paul Newman together. Thad’d be a night to remember!

    PS – this is my fav pic.

  • Bub

    Cool dude. Nuff said.

  • One of my desktop images

  • Iksnilol

    Ladies, if you want to outshoot your man easily just shoot like Nellie did.


  • I’d say that prone position is just about perfect.