Lee Majors biography
Birth Name: Harvy Lee Yeary
Date of Birth: April 23, 1941
Known best for his role as the Six Million Dollar Man Colonel Steve Austin,
Majors was born in Wyandotte, Michigan. His parents were both dead by the
time he was two years old and he and his older brother were adopted by
Majors worked hard and excelled in sports at high school, leading
him to a scholarship to Indiana University.
Majors spent two years at IU before getting himself transferred to Eastern
Kentucky University, where he completed his studies in History and Physical
Education. During this time, he injured his back through a football
It was also during this time that he met his first wife, with
whom he had a son they named Lee Majors II.
In 1962, Majors decided to give acting a try and landed a part in a play
with his wife at the Pioneer Playhouse in Dansville, KY. Although
professional football tryouts were open to him, he decided instead to move
to L.A. and pick up a job from the Los Angeles Park & Recreation Department
to support his family.
The job introduced him to a number of Hollywood
actors who recommended Majors give acting a try. He enrolled at drama
school, and a year later, he landed his first role in Strait-Jacket.
The small job led to other roles such as parts in Alfred Hitchcock Hour and
Gunsmoke. His big break came when he landed a starring role in the western
TV series, The Big Valley. The series ended in 1969, and after a number of
other series, he received the thumbs up in 1973 to play the part that made
him famous, Steve Austin.
After airing the television film, The Six Million
Dollar Man, the movie was a ratings success and soon became a weekly series
in which Majors continued to play the star role.
Around this same time, Majors
entered his second marriage with actress/model Farrah Fawcett.
The Six Million Dollar Man series ended in 1978, but the occasional telefilm
called for Majors to return to the popular role.
In the '80s and '90s,
focused his career on his starring role as Colt Seavers in the series The
Fall Guy (which lasted five years), other telefilms and series and worked on
a number of feature films, but has yet to find his niche on the silver
The early '80s also ended his nine-year marriage to Fawcett, and Majors
didn't re-marry again until 1988 to Playboy Playmate, Karen Valez, with whom
he had a daughter and twin sons.
Lee Majors Filmography
Do You Believe? (2015)
Big Fat Liar (2002)
Out Cold (2001)
New Jersey Turnpikes (2000)
Primary Suspect (2000)
The Best of So Graham Norton (2000) (V)
Chapter Zero (1999)
The Protector (1999)
Musketeers Forever (1998)
Trojan War (1997)
The Last Chase (1981)
Killer Fish (1978)
The Norseman (1978)
The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)
Will Penny (1968)
Strait-Jacket (1964) (uncredited)