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Lee Majors Biography

Birth Name:
Harvey Lee Yeary
Birth Place:
Wyandotte, Michigan, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


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


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