Birthday: April 23, 1939 Birth
Place: Wyandotte, Michigan, USA Height: 6' 1"
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A football star at Eastern Kentucky State College, Lee Majors came to Los Angeles armed with a physical education degree and possessed with a vague desire to break into films. He worked as a park recreation director for the City of Los Angeles before entering show business in 1963. Majors was promoted as "the New James Dean," though he personally aspired to become a new Steve McQueen or Paul Newman (he also retained his permit to work as a recreation director, just in case the world wasn't holding its breath for a new Dean, McQueen or Newman). Majors achieved stardom on his own merits in a variety of television series, the most recent of which was 1992's Raven. His best-known TV roles included Heath Barkley on The Big Valley (1965-69), bionic Steve Austin on The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-78) and stunt man Colt Seavers on The Fall Guy (1981-86). In addition, he has headlined a number of made-for-TV movies, essaying the old Gary Cooper part in the 1991 sequel to High Noon and portraying U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers in a 1976 biopic. For several years, Lee Majors was married to actress Farrah Fawcett.
Children, with Velez; daughter Nikki 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 in "The Big Valley" (1965). In a Mexican jail in "Legend of a General" shown 9-19-66. In a penal camp in "The Iron Box" shown 11-28-66. At the hands of a religious sect in "Journey into Violence" 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) TV movies.
His cousin Johnny Majors was the 1956 Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee, and became a great college football coach; from 1968-96 he coached at Iowa State, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee, winning the 1976 national championship with Pittsburgh.
Signature exclamation as Heath in The Big Valley was 'Boy Howdy!'
His hometown is Middlesboro, Kentucky.
In 1976 Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett made TV history - a husband and wife each starring in separate top rated shows.
Prior to getting his big break, Lee Majors was the limo driver for producer Jim Barnett, the man who created the TV show "World Championship Wrestling."
Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
Was one of the judges in 1981 Miss Universe pageant.
Was a star athlete in high school and is a member of the Middlesboro High School sports hall of fame. The school later named their football field Lee Majors Field.
Was played by Ben Browder in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' (2004) (TV).
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