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Documentary recalls 'King of Cool' Steve McQueen: King of Cool: 10 p.m. Tuesday, American Movie Classics 411431 By Jay Bobbin Tribune Media Services He was one of the screen's coolest actors. He was also one of its hottest stars. He was Steve McQueen, and there's been no other actor like him. Determined to call his own shots while working within the studio system, the performer who died in 1980 at age 50 is recalled Tuesday in the new American Movie Classics documentary Steve McQueen: King of Cool. Kevin Spacey serves as narrator of the program, which includes a wealth of film clips. Dating back to McQueen's early TV work in the western series Wanted: Dead or Alive and the drama that served as the pilot for The Defenders, they proceed up through his final performances in Tom Horn and The Hunter. literally from birth: his fellow-actor son, Chad, who has made such action fare as Death Ring and Firepower. Says the younger McQueen, "I don't think people of his era realized the impact he had. Even I forget that sometimes. His passing seem to have left a huge void, because I can't think of anybody who's stepped into those shoes. "I like Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise, but I don't think they affect people the same way my father did. When it came to machinery like motorbikes and cars, he did his own stunts. Toward the end, he was trying to move away from this icon." Indeed, since Steve McQueen died 18 years ago, young film fans may be relatively unfamiliar with him. For those would-be admirers, or for those wanting a refresher on his pictures, here's a sampler that offers a good way to catch up. The Magnificent Seven (1960); The Great Escape (1963); Bullitt (1968); The Thomas Crown Affair (1968); The Getaway (1972) McQueen in one of his final performances: The Hunter. Among those offering personal memories of McQueen's competitive nature and his drive to make things right for himself are his first wife, Niele, and his former manager, Hillard Elkins. Also appearing are such McQueen co-stars as Jacqueline Bisset (Bullitt), Suzanne Pleshette Nevada Smith) and Robert Wagner (The War Lover). Some of the hour's most telling comments come from someone who knew McQueen That's right: Zilch. Nada. Zip. Gratis. Or whatever word you want lo use. The result is the same. Buy our value priced lull-size Challenger pool at '9986 and receive the decking and electric at no additional charge. But that's not all. Ad right now and Challenger will also throw in an automatic cleaning system. A '500 value. Also free. But a word to the wise: you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out (his offer is so soerial that we simolv don't know how long we'l be able to continue it. So do (he obvious. Pick up your phone and call Challenger today. CHALLENGER 1 and! H I for the POOLS and -mc-pawie no,- 3) 945 N V..'t.)-v Trd.l, VYPB Fi 334 5 (561 47 1 3033 Boca (551 J 928-1 632 Oon DoK 95, Son 24 CPCO50527 w deck and electric!