Unlike many contemporary stars who use every good deed as a self-serving photo op, Steve McQueen chose to perform acts of kindness without any fanfare whatsoever. It is only now that the true extent of this man's charitable works is emerging. While shooting The Sand Pebbles in Taiwan in 1966, he became the patron of a local orphanage. He had a weakness for kids in trouble because he could identify with his own troubled youth. Throughout his adult life, he gave generous charitable donations to various causes, and backed it up with unpublicized personal appearances to boost the spirits of children who were sick or impoverished. Near the end of his life, he visited a dying teenager's mother and promised to make good on her wish that her daughter receive a good education. McQueen and his wife Barbara insured that the girl was sent to an expensive boarding school where she received a top notch education. For more on McQueen's charitable works, click here.