Lee Majors in 2016
|Born||Harvey Lee Yeary
April 23, 1939
Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, movie producer|
|Years active||1964 – present|
|Television||The Six Million Dollar Man|
(m. 1961-1964, divorced)
(m. 1973-1982, divorced)
(m. 1988-1994, divorced)
|Children||3 sons, 1 daughter|
|Parent(s)||Carl and Alice Yeary (biological, deceased)
Harvey and Mildred Yeary (adoptive)
Career[change | change 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 | change 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 | change source]
|1965/1969||The Big Valley||Heath Barkley||TV series|
|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|
|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||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|
|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||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|
|2011||Spring Break '83||Carter|
|2013||Matt's Chance||The Figure|
References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lee Majors.|
- Wikia has a wiki on this subject: The Bionic Wiki
- The Six Million Dollar Man at the Internet Movie Database (original pilot)
- The Six Million Dollar Man at the Internet Movie Database (series)
- The Six Million Dollar Man at TV.com
- The Six Million Dollar Man at Nostalgia Central
- The Six Million Dollar Man at Jump The Shark