Lee Majors

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Lee Majors
Born Harvey Lee Yeary
April 23, 1939
Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Occupation Actor, movie producer
Years active 1964 – present
Television The Six Million Dollar Man
Spouse Kathy Robinson
(m. 1961-1964, divorced)
Farrah Fawcett
(m. 1973-1982, divorced)
Karen Velez
(m. 1988-1994, divorced)
Faith Cross
(m. 2002-present)
Children 3 sons, 1 daughter
Parents Carl and Alice Yeary (biological, deceased)
Harvey and Mildred Yeary (adoptive)

Lee Majors (born April 23, 1939) is an American actor.

Career[change | edit source]

Majors began his career in small roles for movie and television. One role was in Strait-Jacket (1964), with Joan Crawford.

In 1965, he got the role of Heath Barkley on the ABC series The Big Valley, with Barbara Stanwyck as the owner of the ranch, and mother of three of the Barkleys. Majors played the character for 112 episodes between 1965 and 1969. It was the first hit of his career.

After the success of Big Valley. Major starred in the TV movie The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1969). He played a man who, after returning from Vietnam, loses the most precious things in his life.

In 1970, he was invited to join the cast of The Virginian, starring James Drury. In The Virginian, the role played by Roy Tate, during the 1970-1971 season of the series.

In 1971, he played Jess Brandon, assistant attorney, in Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law.

In 1978, starred in the movie about Vikings The Norseman. Then came Killer Fish (1979) and Agency (1980) with Robert Mitchum.

In 1980, he starred in the television remake of High Noon. In High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980), Majors played Will Kane. In this movie were two big western stars David Carradine and Pernell Roberts.

In 1981, he returned to television. He was successful in a number of television series. In The Fall Guy, he played Colt Seavers, a stunt double who worked to solve criminal cases. The series was one of the biggest hits of Majors and remained in the air between 1981 and 1986.

In the 1990s, he co-starred in the series Tour of Duty and Raven. He was a guest star on the series Daytona Beach (1996) and Walker, Texas Ranger (1998). In recent years he was a guest star on Will & Grace (2005), Cold Case (2007), According to Jim (2008), and Human Target (2010).

In 2011, the movie version of The Big Valley started being made. Majors plays Tom Barkley.

The Six Million Dollar Man[change | edit source]

One of Majors' most famous roles is that of Col. Steve Austin in the ABC series The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1977). In that series, he played an astronaut whose body was rebuilt with bionic parts after a plane crash. His co-star was the actor Richard Anderson.

There were three movies pilots: The Six Million Dollar Man (1973), The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War (1973) and The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping (1973).

Majors was in a reunion movie, The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman (1989), and Bionic Ever After? (1994).

In 1977, Majors was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as best actor for The Six Million Dollar Man.

Filmography[change | edit source]

Movies
Year Title Role Notes
1964 Strait-Jacket Frank Harbin uncredited
1965/1969 The Big Valley Heath Barkley TV series
1968 Will Penny Blue
1969 The Ballad of Andy Crocker Andy Crocker TV movie
1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones Steve Mundine
1970 Weekend of Terror Larry TV movie
1970/1971 The Virginian Roy Tate TV series
1971/1974 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Jess Brandon TV series
1973 The Six Million Dollar Man Col. Steve Austin TV movie
1973 The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War Col. Steve Austin TV movie
1973 The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping Col. Steve Austin TV movie
1974/1978 The Six Million Dollar Man Col. Steve Austin TV series
1978 The Norseman Thorvald
1979 Steel Mike Catton
1979 Killer Fish Lasky
1980 Agency Philip Morgan
1980 High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Will Kane TV movie
1981 The Last Chase Franklyn Hart
1981/1986 The Fall Guy Colt Seavers TV series
1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land Captain Cody Briggs TV movie
1984 The Cowboy and the Ballerina Bob Clayton TV movie
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Mountain Dan TV movie
1987 The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman Col. Steve Austin TV movie
1988 Keaton's Cop Mike Gable
1989 Danger Down Under Reed Harris TV movie
1989 Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman Steve Austin TV movie
1990 Tour of Duty PFC Thomas 'Pop' Scarlet TV series
1992/1993 Raven Herman "Ski" Jablonski TV series
1993 The Cover Girl Murders Rex Kingman TV movie
1994 Bionic Ever After? Steve Austin TV movie
1996 Daytona Beach Owen Travers TV movie
1997 Lost Treasure of Dos Santos Henchman Stone TV movie
1997 Raven: Return of the Black Dragons Ski
1997 Trojan War Officer Austin
1999 The Protector Austin
1999 Chapter Zero Manatee Man
2000 Primary Suspect Lt. Blake
2001 Hotel! President of the U.S.A. TV movie
2001 Hard Knox Darrell Knox TV movie
2001 Out Cold John Majors
2002 Big Fat Liar Vince
2003 Fate Oscar Odgen
2004 The Trail to Hope Rose Marshall Toll TV movie
2004 Arizona Summer Mr. Travers
2005 Hell to Pay Marshall Boone
2006 When I Find the Ocean Thomas
2006 Lightspeed Tanner TV movie
2006 Waitin' to Live Bucko Cassidy
2007 Guys Choice Steve Austin TV movie
2007 The Brothers Solomon Ed Solomon
2007 Ben 10: Race Against Grandpa Max TV movie
2009 The Adventures of Umbweki Police Captain Richard
2010 Johnny Dr. Mike Miller
2010 Corruption.Gov Jim Lawrence
2011 Spring Break '83 Carter
2013 Matt's Chance The Figure

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