Many people wonder if Steven R. McQueen, the actor best known for his roles in The Vampire Diaries and Chicago Fire, is related to Steve McQueen, the legendary star of The Great Escape and Bullitt. The answer is yes, but not in a direct way. Here is the surprising truth about their family connection.
Steven R. McQueen is Steve McQueen’s grandson
Steven R. McQueen was born on July 13, 1988, in Los Angeles, California. His father is Chad McQueen, a former actor and race car driver, who is the son of Steve McQueen and his first wife, Neile Adams, an actor and dancer of Filipino descent. His mother is Stacey Toten, a humanitarian and former actress, who later married Luc Robitaille, a professional ice hockey executive and former player.
Steven R. McQueen is the oldest of four children, with a half-brother, Chase, and a half-sister, Madison, from his father’s remarriage, and a half-brother, Jesse Robitaille, from his mother’s remarriage. He uses the name Steven R. McQueen professionally, the “R” referring to his stepfather’s surname.
Steven R. McQueen never met his famous grandfather, who died of cancer in 1980, eight years before he was born. However, he has watched his movies and admired his legacy. In an interview with the New York Post in 2015, he said: “I think he was an incredible actor and I’m very proud to be related to him.”
Steven R. McQueen has other famous relatives
Steven R. McQueen is not only related to Steve McQueen, but also to other celebrities in the entertainment industry. His paternal grandmother, Neile Adams, has a niece named Isabel Preysler, who is a Filipino-Spanish socialite and the mother of three famous singers: Chabeli Iglesias, Julio Iglesias Jr., and Enrique Iglesias. This makes Steven R. McQueen a second cousin of the Iglesias siblings.
On his mother’s side, Steven R. McQueen is a grandson of musician Bob Totem and Pamela Ann Houck. He is also a stepson of Luc Robitaille, who is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the president of the Los Angeles Kings.
Steven R. McQueen has followed his grandfather’s footsteps
Steven R. McQueen started his acting career in 2005, when he was 17 years old. He made his television debut in an episode of the CBS sci-fi drama Threshold and then guest-starred on several other shows such as Numb3rs, Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, and Everwood.
He rose to fame in 2009 when he landed the role of Jeremy Gilbert in The CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. He played Elena Gilbert’s (Nina Dobrev) younger brother and one of the main characters for six seasons until 2015. He also reprised his role in the spin-off series Legacies in 2018.
After leaving The Vampire Diaries, Steven R. McQueen joined the cast of another popular TV series: Chicago Fire. He played Jimmy Borrelli, a firefighter who joins Firehouse 51 in season four. He also appeared in its spin-off series Chicago P.D. in 2016.
Besides television, Steven R. McQueen has also acted in some movies such as Piranha 3D (2010), Home by Spring (2018), and The Warrant (2020).
Steven R. McQueen is passionate about charity work
Steven R. McQueen is not only an actor but also a philanthropist who supports various causes. He is especially involved with Thirst Project, a non-profit organization that aims to end the global water crisis by providing clean water to communities in need.
He has participated in several campaigns and events to raise awareness and funds for Thirst Project. He has also traveled to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) to help build wells and bring access to clean water to the people there.
According to Thirst Project’s website: “Steven has been one of our most dedicated celebrity supporters since day one! He has spoken at over 40 schools across America on our behalf inspiring thousands of students to join our fight against the global water crisis.”
Steven R. McQueen is related to Steve McQueen by being his grandson through his father Chad McQueen. He also has other famous relatives such as Enrique Iglesias and Luc Robitaille. He has followed his grandfather’s footsteps by becoming an actor and starring in hit shows like The Vampire Diaries and Chicago Fire. He is also passionate about charity work and supports Thirst Project. He is a talented and generous person who deserves recognition for his own achievements..