Steve McQueen plays Captain Virgil Hilts, the "Cooler King", who has already made 17 escape attempts: during the film he makes four more - as the Commandant says, "close to insanity". Hilts - he doesn't like 'Virgil', too classical and erudite a name for this all-action fellow - is individualist, insolent, and indefatigable. Captain Virgil Hilts was actually based on David M. Jones (December 18, 1913 – November 25, 2008), a United States Air Force pilot who served with distinction during World War II. He was one of the Doolittle Raiders whose exploits in April 1942 were dramatized in the film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. He then flew combat missions over North Africa, where he was shot down. He was a German prisoner of war for two and a half years — helping with the escape attempt described in the book and film.
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1/6 scale Accessories: one (1) baseball glove, one (1) baseball, one (1) carrying bag, one (1) finger ring, one (1) watch, one (1) pendant, dirorama figure stand
January 23, 2008 – Toys McCoy 1/6 scale Steve McQueen as Virgil Hilts 12-inch figure from The Great Escape (1963) reviewed HERE
September 24, 2009 – Triad Toys "Wanted: Dead or Alive" 1/6 scale Steve McQueen as Josh Randall 12-inch figure (pictures HERE)
September 26, 2009 – Who's the real McCoy? Comparison pictures of Toys McCoy Steve McQueen as CAPT Virgil Hilts with Triad Toys "Wanted: Dead or Alive" Josh Randall figure posted HERE