Lee Majors

Lee Majors

Paul Newman and James Dean are his idols.

Before he was an actor, he worked as a park recreational director.

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).

Boyfriend of Patti Chandler during the 1960s.

Changed his name to Lee Majors after Joan Crawford and others in Hollywood had difficulty pronouncing his real name of Yeary.

Children, with Karen Velez: daughter Nikki Majors and twin sons Dane and Trey.

Graduated from Eastern Kentucky College with a degree in History and Physical Education. Received an honorary doctorate in 2006.

Has a star on the Hollywood Walk 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.

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.

His ex-wife Farrah Fawcett died in 2009, after a long battle against cancer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Signature exclamation as Heath Barkley in "The Big Valley" (1965) was "Boy, Howdy!".

Son, with Kathy Robinson, Lee Majors II.

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) TV movies.

Suffered three separate whippings on "The Big Valley" (1965). In a Mexican jail in "The Big Valley: Legend of a General: Part 1 (#2.2)" (1966), shown 9-19-66. In a penal camp in "The Big Valley: The Iron Box (#2.11)" (1966), shown 11-28-66. At the hands of a religious sect in "The Big Valley: Journey Into Violence (#3.14)" (1967), shown 12-18-67.