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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 April 1939Wyandotte, Michigan, USA
Birth NameHarvey Lee Yeary
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lee Majors was born on April 23, 1939 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA as Harvey Lee Yeary. He is known for his work on The Fall Guy (1981), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and The Big Valley (1965). He has been married to Faith Majors since November 9, 2002. He was previously married to Karen Velez, Farrah Fawcett and Thelma Kathleen Robinson.

Spouse (4)

Faith Majors (9 November 2002 - present)
Karen Velez (15 November 1988 - 14 September 1994) (divorced) (3 children)
Farrah Fawcett (28 July 1973 - 16 February 1982) (divorced)
Thelma Kathleen Robinson (17 June 1961 - 20 July 1965) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (29)

Son, with Kathy Robinson, Lee Majors II.
Children, with Karen Velez: daughter Nikki Majors and twin sons Dane and Trey.
Turned down the Mac Davis role in North Dallas Forty (1979) in favor of an independent production that never got off the ground.
Suffered three separate whippings on The Big Valley (1965). In a Mexican jail in The Big Valley: Legend of a General: Part 1 (1966), shown 9-19-66. In a penal camp in The Big Valley: The Iron Box (1966), shown 11-28-66. At the hands of a religious sect in The Big Valley: Journey Into Violence (1967), shown 12-18-67.
Landed the role of Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy (1969) but The Big Valley (1965) was picked up for another year and was contractually obligated to pass on the role, which was then made famous by Jon Voight.
Starred concurrently in two TV shows at the same time - Playing Jess Brandon in Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) and Colonel Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) TV movies.
Lee is not related to Johnny Majors, the 1956 Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee, and became a great college football coach at Iowa State, Pitt and Tennessee. Lee adopted Majors' name after meeting him and becoming friends.
Signature exclamation as Heath Barkley in The Big Valley (1965) was "Boy, Howdy!".
His hometown is Middlesboro, Kentucky.
In 1976 he and wife Farrah Fawcett made TV history
  • a husband and wife each starring in separate top-rated shows.



Graduated from Eastern Kentucky College with a degree in History and Physical Education. Received an honorary doctorate in 2006.
Was one of the judges in 1981 Miss Universe pageant.
Was a star athlete at Middlesboro High School. In 1986 the school named their football field Lee Majors Field and in 1991 inducted him into their Sports Hall of Fame.
He entered Indiana University on a football scholarship but was expelled two years later for his involvement in a fraternity fight. After transferring to Eastern Kentucky University, a game injury paralyzed him from the waist down for two weeks. That revealed a condition of congenital spondylolisthesis, an alignment defect of the spine, and he was forced to leave what was beginning to look like a great football career.
Best known by the public for his starring roles as Col. Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and as Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy (1981).
Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Paul Newman and James Dean are his idols.
Before he was an actor, he worked as a park recreational director.
His ex-wife Farrah Fawcett died in 2009, after a long battle against cancer.
Boyfriend of Patti Chandler during the 1960s.
He first acted with actress Lindsay Wagner, when she guest-starred on his TV series, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) in 1971. A few years later, she guest-starred on his TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), originating her best-known role as The Bionic Woman (1976). They would continue to work together on-and-off for the next twenty years, and still appear together at Bionic conventions.
Changed his name to Lee Majors after Joan Crawford and others in Hollywood had difficulty pronouncing his real name of Yeary.
Nov 2010: Confirmed he did not attend Farrah's funeral, explaining he had his own memories of her and did not want to be a distraction.
Acting mentor was Barbara Stanwyck.
Stars as "The Dad" in Bowling for Soup's music video for "When We Die". [March 2007]
Co-host, with Forbes Riley and Jerry, of an infomercial for his "Bionic Ear" hearing aid.
Appeared in a commercial for his "Bionic Ear" hearing aid.

Personal Quotes (24)

I was never into my looks. What's important to me is my health and family.
[on the death of his ex-wife, Farrah Fawcett]: She fought a tremendous battle against a terrible disease. She was an angel on earth and now an angel forever.
[on playing second-fiddle to other iconic actors such as: Ernest Borgnine, Danny Thomas, Eddie Albert, Michael Landon, Robert Reed, Bill Bixby, James Garner, Robert Fuller, James Brolin and Buddy Ebsen, who each have had their own successful careers]: I have done a series in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
I'm from Middlesboro, Kentucky, a little town on the Tennessee and Virginia border.
[on his days as a football player]: Even when I was young, playing college football, and I injured my knee, I bounced right back.
[on Clint Eastwood]: Clint Eastwood's a good friend, too - he and I used to play in softball games together.
[Of his on- and off-relationship with Farrah Fawcett]: We were together actually for 12 years. And after being in the business for awhile and so long, in 1 year, I think we saw each other 2 weeks. 2 weeks in 1 year, that's very tough. When you're separated, you hear ... things are printed in the press, this, this and this. So you think, can that be true? No, that's not true ... yes it is, this and this. But just the fact of not being together. Absence does not make the heart grow fonder ... it makes you forget.
I don't want to try and still be Warren Beatty or whoever. A lot of guys think they can be leading men forever. And believe me, we all can't be.
[Of Farrah Fawcett]: All the stories that I was jealous of her career are just a lot of crap, I was always 110 percent behind her and proud of her. There are times when I think that perhaps I created a monster. But then, deep down, I know that's just not true.
[on his most favorite TV show to date]: The Big Valley (1965) was the most fun at the time because it was my first and I love Westerns. All the action, horse-back riding, I really loved it. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) was so hard and so boring for me. Ironically that was the most popular. It was total work. You're there [at the set] 16 to 17 hours a day.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Barbara Stanwyck, who played Victoria Barkley]: Barbara gave me my discipline. I'm always on the set before they need me, and I never leave the set, but I'm also the first to leave when they say, 'That's a wrap.' Barbara also taught me to learn your lines and everybody else's. I learn the whole script before I show up. It pays, because once you've got the lines in your head, you can concentrate on movement or doing things with your props. I've tried to pass that on to other actors -- make sure you know your words way ahead of time. The words are 90 percent of it. The other 10 percent is just the way you dress it up.
[Of Barbara Stanwyck]: She was 60, when she started that show [when we did the pilot]; and that little lady [of course], she wasn't very tall. I could touch my fingers around her waist, you know? She was 1 fiery little actress, 1 sweet lady, but she rode those buggies, she drove them, by herself. She did some shows where she was underground with Charles Bronson --- trapped as a hostage, came out of there all muddied up and everything, and she did some fights. She was a tough, little girl.
[on first wife Kathy]: We were married June 17, 1961, in Lexington, Ky. I was a senior, a physical education and history major. I was going to coach football. I guess the big mistake was that we weren't looking at it realistically. We were young and we loved each other and that seemed to make everything all right. We didn't think about marriage involving anything more than loving each other.
[on his divorce from Farrah Fawcett]: It seemed to happen all of a sudden. The time just went by. We probably had a good two weeks together or maybe a weekend here or there - but that just isn't enough.
(Meeting Rock Hudson in 1958) We talked then about possibilities of my giving it a try in Hollywood, but even if he was serious I wanted to finish college and get my degree. If something developed then I would have an insurance policy to fall back on.
Even as a kid, I looked up to football coaches. All during junior high school, high school and college, they had the greatest influence on my life. And I never wanted to be anything but a coach. I never was a great All-American grid star at Eastern Kentucky Stage College, but I probably would have been a lot better if I didn't get hurt during my junior year.
In westerns I'm right at home. When they tell me to ride that horse through that scene one more time, I say 'Sure, glad to,' because I remember when I was the one doing all that running (as TV's Six Million Dollar Man).
[on Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971)]: I like action, staying in shape, and all the exercise I ever got was walking from the counsel table to the judge's bench in the courtroom on Sound Stage 27. It was basically Arthur Hill's show. I had so little to do and so much time off that the series made a great golfer out of me.
[on his role, Heath Barkley]: That character was really very close to me. You know it isn't all acting.
[on The Big Valley (1965)]: I remember when I first moved to Hollywood, how I use to sit on my front porch, and watch everyone going to work. We lived right across the street from Four Star Studios. If anyone would have told me that one day I'd be starring along with Barbara Stanwyck in a television series... well, I still find it incredible.
[on learning to ride and calf rope for The Big Valley (1965)] I hustled up about a hundred dollars and went out and bought a horse. I became friends with a great calf roper, just a little bitty guy. He was the world champion trick roper. I used to go out to his place all the time, and he taught me how to trick-rope calves.
[on Elizabeth Taylor (1967)]: My greatest thrill in the three years I've been in Hollywood was the night I went to the screening of King Rat (1965) and the party after, that Elizabeth and Richard Burton gave for George Segal. Everybody was there, Julie Andrews, Sean Connery, Lana Turner; I was like a fan. There were three big booths in the restaurant, and I was sitting in the one next to where the Burtons were sitting. Later in the evening, she was standing next to me. I asked her if I could kiss her on the cheek and she said he wouldn't like it. But then she changed her mind, and gave me one.
Actually my accent isn't really Southern. It's more mountaineer or hillbilly. (1967)
[About learning from Barbara Stanwyck]: She was OK with me, took me under her wing, and taught me discipline. She was always supportive of me. The lessons he learned from Stanwyck were be on time and know your words. She made me a disciplined actor all my life. [The discipline] made me ten minutes early for everything.

Salary (1)

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) $50,000 per episode (equivalent to $240,000 in 2014)

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