Steve McQueen is an iconic actor of the 1960s and 1970s. He is also one of the most famous victims of <a href="\/mesothelioma\/">mesothelioma<\/a>.\r\n\r\nMcQueen was a rising star in the 1960s. He acted in some of the most popular movies of the time, including <em>The Thomas Crown Affair<\/em>, <em>The Cincinnati Kid<\/em> and <em>The Great Escape<\/em>. By the early 1970s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in America.\r\n\r\nSadly, McQueen\u2019s acting career was cut short by an unexpected <a href="\/mesothelioma\/types\/pleural\/">pleural mesothelioma<\/a> diagnosis. It is believed that McQueen was <a href="\/asbestos-exposure\/">exposed to asbestos<\/a> while serving in the United States Marine Corps in the late 1940s. In 1980, McQueen died of mesothelioma at the age of 50.\r\n<h2>Steve McQueen Exposed to Asbestos<\/h2>\r\nMcQueen served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1947 to 1950. During his service, McQueen spent time working on board <a href="\/asbestos-exposure\/jobsites\/ships\/">naval ships<\/a> and in <a href="\/asbestos-exposure\/jobsites\/shipyards\/">shipyards<\/a>. It is likely he was exposed to asbestos during this time in the military.\r\n\r\nService aboard military ships posed some of the greatest threats of asbestos exposure. <a href="\/veterans\/">Marines, sailors and airmen<\/a> made contact with the deadly mineral in nearly every area of these ships, including:\r\n<ul class="multi-column-list multi-column-list--three">\r\n \t<li>Boiler rooms<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Engine rooms<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Galleys<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Mess halls<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Navigational rooms<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Sleeping quarters<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Storage rooms<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nLiving and working in tight quarters with poor ventilation meant any disturbed <a href="\/asbestos-exposure\/what-is-asbestos\/">asbestos fibers<\/a> would become more concentrated in the air. The microscopic fibers can easily be inhaled or ingested and eventually lodge themselves in the lining of organs. Over time, asbestos fibers can create scarring and inflammation. This can lead to the development of mesothelioma tumors and <a href="\/asbestos-cancer\/">other types of cancer<\/a>.