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Has one son with Kathy Robinson: Lee Majors II.

Has three 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.

Has starred concurrently on two television series at the same time: as Jess Brandon on Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) and Colonel Steve Austin on The Six Million Dollar Man (1973).

Lee is not related to Johnny Majors, the 1956 Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee who 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 television 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 (1962). He later received an honorary doctorate form the university in 2006.

Was one of the judges in 1981 Miss Universe pageant.

Was a star athlete at Middlesboro High School. The school named their football field Lee Majors Field in 1986 and inducted him into their Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

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 Colonel Steve Austin on The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and as Colt Seavers on The Fall Guy (1981).

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

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 television series, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) in 1971. A few years later, she guest-starred on his television 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.

Confirmed he did not attend Farrah's funeral, explaining he had his own memories of her and did not want to be a distraction. [November 2010]

Friends with Robert Fuller, Randolph Mantooth, Linda Evans, James Brolin, Peter Breck and Richard Anderson.

His acting mentor was the late Barbara Stanwyck.

The 1973 song "Midnight Train to Georgia" was inspired by Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett.

Has appeared in the music video "When We Die" by the rock band Bowling for Soup. [March 2007]

Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Barbara Stanwyck on The Big Valley (1965).

Underwent angioplasty and heart bypass surgery in May 2003.

Credits Barbara Stanwyck as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.

Variety magazine, June 6, 1979, reported that Lee Majors, Yvette Mimieux, and Paul Williams began filming the movie "Ladyfingers" on June 6 in the Philippines. Director was Robert Vincent O'Neill. Mimieux was to play the owner of a Filipino brothel involved with treasure-hunter Majors. No evidence the film was ever completed or released.