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  • Father died in an industrial accident before he was born, and his mother died in a car crash before his second birthday. He was subsequently raised by his paternal uncle and aunt.
  • Was a star athlete in high school, which earned him a football scholarship to Indiana University.
  • Suffered a back injury during a football game in college; this effectively ended his college football career, but it did not prevent the St. Louis Cardinals from offering him a tryout. He declined to play pro football and instead moved to Los Angeles, where he took a job with the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Gained first significant recognition when he landed the role of Heath Barkley in The Big Valley (ABC) in 1965; he beat out more than 400 other actors, including Burt Reynolds, for the role.
  • Had a starring role on the early 1970s series Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law. His then girlfriend---and future wife---Farrah Fawcett guest starred in one episode.
  • Starred as Steve Austin in the 1973 ABC movie The Six Million Dollar Man, which was made into the iconic series in 1974.


  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee


  • Mildred Yeary — Aunt
  • Faith Noelle Cross — Wife
  • Harvey Yeary — Uncle
  • Lee Majors II — Son
  • Nikki Majors — Daughter
  • Dane Majors — Son
  • Karen Velez — Ex-wife
  • Alice Yeary — Mother
  • Carl Yeary — Father
  • Kathy Robinson — Ex-wife
  • Farrah Fawcett — Ex-wife
  • Trey Majors — Son


  • Attended Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

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  • Birth Name: Harvey Lee Yeary
  • Birth Place: Wyandotte, MI
  • Profession: Actor

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