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Also Known As: Lee Yeary, Harvey Lee Yeary Iii Died:
Born: April 23, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wyandotte, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, recreation director

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A burgeoning heartthrob of 1960s television, Lee Majors would make it to the top of the world by the mid-1970s, earning a place in the pantheon of made-for-TV superheroes as "The Six Million Dollar Man" (ABC, 1974-78) and marrying arguably the most coveted woman in the world, Farrah Fawcett. Majors arrived in public consciousness as the eerily Elvis Presley-resembling youngest sibling on ABC's Western series "The Big Valley" (1965-69) and after a couple of other supporting roles, the network vaulted him to superstardom as the cyborg U.S. agent Steve Austin. The short but popular run of "The Six Million Dollar Man" would see him fight spies, aliens and even the legendary Bigfoot, on the way to becoming the frontispiece of a merchandising bonanza that would anticipate the "Star Wars" licensed-products phenomenon but a few years later. Though his ballyhooed marriage to Fawcett would end contentiously as both tried and failed to establish movie careers, Majors would bounce back on the lighthearted action series "The Fall Guy" (ABC, 1981-86), in which he portrayed a Hollywood stunt man who investigates crime on the side. Though his later career would see him appear on television and in films often cast...

A burgeoning heartthrob of 1960s television, Lee Majors would make it to the top of the world by the mid-1970s, earning a place in the pantheon of made-for-TV superheroes as "The Six Million Dollar Man" (ABC, 1974-78) and marrying arguably the most coveted woman in the world, Farrah Fawcett. Majors arrived in public consciousness as the eerily Elvis Presley-resembling youngest sibling on ABC's Western series "The Big Valley" (1965-69) and after a couple of other supporting roles, the network vaulted him to superstardom as the cyborg U.S. agent Steve Austin. The short but popular run of "The Six Million Dollar Man" would see him fight spies, aliens and even the legendary Bigfoot, on the way to becoming the frontispiece of a merchandising bonanza that would anticipate the "Star Wars" licensed-products phenomenon but a few years later. Though his ballyhooed marriage to Fawcett would end contentiously as both tried and failed to establish movie careers, Majors would bounce back on the lighthearted action series "The Fall Guy" (ABC, 1981-86), in which he portrayed a Hollywood stunt man who investigates crime on the side. Though his later career would see him appear on television and in films often cast comically against his all-American nice-guy type, he would remain forever the Bionic Man to a certain generation. Majors would, himself, play up his status as a bygone icon of 1970s culture gamely and amicably throughout the balance of his career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Big Fat Liar (2002) Vince
6.
 Out Cold (2001) John Majors
7.
 Protector, The (1999) Austin
8.
 Primary Suspect (1999)
9.
 Bionic Ever After? (1994) Steve Austin
10.
 Cover Girl Murders, The (1993) Rex Kingman
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Turned down an offer to play with the St Louis Cardinals to pursue acting career
1964:
Feature film debut "Straight-Jacket", billed as Lee Yeary
1965:
Co-starred as Heath Barkley on "The Big Valley" (ABC)
1968:
First film credit as Lee Majors, the Western "Will Penny"
1969:
Made TV-movie debut, "The Ballad of Andy Crocker"
1970:
Played Roy Tate on "The Men From Shiloh" (NBC)
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Played lawyer Jess Brandon on "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law" (ABC)
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Starred as Col. Steve Austin, the title cyborg, in the ABC series "The Six Million Dollar Man"
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Made guest appearances as Steve Austin on "The Bionic Woman" (ABC 1976-1977; NBC 1977-1978)
1976:
Starred in title role of NBC TV-movie, "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident"
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Played bounty hunter and stuntman Colt Seavers in the ABC series "The Fall Guy"; also served as executive producer and performed the show's theme song
1987:
Reprised role of Steve Austin in "The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" (NBC)
1988:
Appeared as himself in the feature "Scrooged"
1989:
Played Steve Austin in "Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" (NBC)
1990:
Had recurring role on the CBS drama series "Tour of Duty", set in Vietnam
1991:
Moved to Florida (date approximate)
1992:
Returned to TV series work, playing a hard-drinking former CIA agent turned private eye on "Raven" (CBS)
1994:
Again played Steve Austin in TV-movie "Bionic Ever After?" (CBS)
1996:
Starred in the busted pilot "Daytona Beach"
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Acted in the British situation comedy "Too Much Sun"
2001:
Had co-starring role in the syndicated fall adventure series "Hard Knox"
2001:
Played a ruthless land developer in the lame comedy "Out Cold"
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Education

Indiana University: Bloomington , Indiana -
Eastern Kentucky State College: Richmond , Kentucky -
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Majors commented on his TV career since the late 1980s to John Sellers of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (January 24, 1997): "You tend to get lost when you're not [in L.A.] . . . They probably think you're dead or don't need the job." (Majors and his family had moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL in the early 90s.)

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wife:
Farrah Fawcett. Actor. Married in 1973, divorced on February 16, 1982; second wife.
wife:
Karen Velez. Former <i>Playboy</i> model. Born c. 1961; married in 1988; third wife; mother of Majors' three younger children; divorced in 1994.
companion:
Faith Noelle. Model. Born c. 1974; announced engagement on February 1, 2000; plan to marry in 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Harvey Lee Yeary Jr.
son:
Lee Majors II. Actor. Born c. 1962.
daughter:
Nickki Majors. Born in 1988; mother, Karen Velez.
son:
Dane Majors. Born c. 1992; twin of Trey; mother, Karen Velez.
son:
Trey Majors. Born c. 1992; twin of Dane; mother, Karen Velez.
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