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The Majors scored an R&B/pop Top 30 hit in 1962 with “AN EXCELLENT Dream.” They’re remembered because of their outrageous falsetto business lead vocals (frequently criticized on their behalf) and to be among the many serves made by Jerry Ragovoy, a significant behind-the-scenes drive behind East Coastline Spirit music. The Majors — business lead vocalist Ricky Cordo, Eugene Cup, Frank Troutt, Ronald Gathers, and Idella Morris — produced in 1961 in Philadelphia. In early stages the group made a decision to highlight Cordo’s exaggerated falsetto network marketing leads, which for some, sounded like they might have been sung with the group’s lone feminine, Idella Morris, rather. They soon found the eye of Ragovoy, a manufacturer who proved helpful at Chancellor Information at that time (where Fabian and Frankie Avalon acquired strikes). Ragavoy acquired already begun making doo wop serves (often distinguished by way of a conspicuous gospel experience) within the Philadelphia region in 1953, when he and Natural herb Slotkin (owner of Tregoobs machine store) shaped Grand Information. They later released early doo wop produces with the Castelles. Ragovoy created the group’s lone strike, “AN EXCELLENT Dream,” however they failed to strike with anything additional. After dealing with neglected doo wop works just like the Majors, he continued to become a significant successful songwriter, composing or co-writing many classic NY and Philadelphia Spirit information in the 1960s, including Garnet Mimms’ “Cry Baby” (that was co-written with another exceptional early-’60s songwriter/manufacturer Bert Berns) which arrived at number 4 in 1963. Within the middle-’60s, Ragovoy also had written a tune for jazz trombonist Kai Winding, “Period Can be on My Aspect,” included in Irma Thomas, along with a U.S. TOP strike for the Moving Stones. (Like various other of Ragovoy’s greatest songs, that one was created beneath the pseudonym of “Norman Meade”). Ragovoy became a lot more prominent in his function being a coach for Janis Joplin, who appeared to possess a yen for Ragovoy-penned materials, covering (with YOUR GOVERNMENT & the Keeping Company, or being a single vocalist) his “Little bit of My Heart” and “Try (Slightly Little bit Harder),” which have been originally documented by Lorraine Ellison. Generally, Joplin’s interpretation ultimately became the best-known edition of the Ragovoy tracks. Ragovoy continued to reside comfortably through the songwriter’s royalties earned by Joplin’s cover variations, in addition to a few of his various other compositions, but he wasn’t as well active following the 1960s. He afterwards created Bonnie Raitt in the 1970s.

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Full Name The Majors
Height 1.83 m
Spouse Faith Majors, Karen Velez, Farrah Fawcett, Kathy Robinson
Music Songs A Wonderful Dream, A Little Bit Now, Which Way Did She Go, Ooh Wee Baby, One Happy Ending, I've Been Wanting to Talk to You, Lundee Dundee, Live Rejoicing, Tra La La, I Wonder Who's Dancing With Her Now, Your Life Begins, Anything You Can Do, Time Will Tell, Twist And Shout, She's A Trouble Maker, What Have You Been Doing, I'll Be There, Get Up Now, Come On, Come One, XIX, Don't You Lose Your Cool, Do You Care?, Rip it Out, Wassp Wit It, Whisper In Your Ear, What In The World, Triple Shot, Where We Are, Big Fat Sinner, Christmas Dreams, The Mountain, I Want You Back
Albums A Wonderful Dream - Early Soul Classics, In Your Own Mind, The Majors, The Mountain


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1 Credits Barbara Stanwyck as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
2 Underwent angioplasty and heart bypass surgery in May 2003.
3 Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Barbara Stanwyck on The Big Valley (1965).
4 Has appeared in the music video "When We Die" by the rock band Bowling for Soup. [March 2007]
5 The 1973 song "Midnight Train to Georgia" was inspired by Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett.
6 His acting mentor was the late Barbara Stanwyck.
7 Friends with Robert Fuller, Randolph Mantooth, Linda Evans, James Brolin, Peter Breck and Richard Anderson.
8 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]
9 Changed his name to Lee Majors after Joan Crawford and others in Hollywood had difficulty pronouncing his real name of Yeary.
10 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.
11 Boyfriend of Patti Chandler during the 1960s.
12 His ex-wife Farrah Fawcett died in 2009, after a long battle against cancer.
13 Before he was an actor, he worked as a park recreational director.
14 Paul Newman and James Dean are his idols.
15 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
16 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).
17 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.
18 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.
19 Was one of the judges in 1981 Miss Universe pageant.
20 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.
21 In 1976, he and wife Farrah Fawcett made television history - a husband and wife each starring in separate top-rated shows.
22 His hometown is Middlesboro, Kentucky.
23 Signature exclamation as Heath Barkley in The Big Valley (1965) was "Boy, Howdy!".
24 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.
25 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).
26 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.
27 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.
28 Turned down the Mac Davis role in North Dallas Forty (1979) in favor of an independent production that never got off the ground.
29 Has three children with Karen Velez: daughter Nikki Majors and twin sons Dane and Trey.
30 Has one son with Kathy Robinson: Lee Majors II.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bionic Woman 1976 TV Series Col. Steve Austin
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident 1976 TV Movie Francis Gary Powers
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 1971-1974 TV Series Jess Brandon
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping 1973 TV Movie Col. Steve Austin
The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War 1973 TV Movie Col. Steve Austin
The Six Million Dollar Man 1973 TV Movie Steve Austin
The Sixth Sense 1972 TV Series Clayton Ross
Alias Smith and Jones 1972 TV Series Joe Briggs
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1971 TV Series Jess Brandon
The Virginian 1970-1971 TV Series Roy Tate
Weekend of Terror 1970 TV Movie Larry
The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 Steve Mundine
Bracken's World 1970 TV Series Frank Carver
The Ballad of Andy Crocker 1969 TV Movie Andy Crocker
The Big Valley 1965-1969 TV Series Heath Barkley
Will Penny 1967 Blue
Clambake 1967 Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1965 TV Series Howard White
Gunsmoke 1965 TV Series Dave Lukens
Strait-Jacket 1964 Frank Harbin (uncredited)
Victory by Submission 2016 completed Sam Jordan
Spring Break '83 completed Carter
Jean 2016 Spiritual Stone
Ash vs Evil Dead 2016 TV Series Brock Williams
Wild Bill Hickok: Swift Justice 2016
Almosting It 2016 Chet
Toxin: 700 Days Left on Earth 2015 President Austin
Do You Believe? 2015 J.D.
The AXI: Avengers of eXtreme Illusions 2015 TV Series Steve the Mechanic
The Mechanic 2015/III Short Steve the Mechanic
The Gift 2014/XIV Short Narrator (voice)
The Legend of DarkHorse County 2014 Future Sheriff McElroy
Dallas 2013 TV Series Ken Richards
Matt's Chance 2013 The Figure
CSI: NY 2012 TV Series Paul Burton
Crash & Burn 2012 TV Movie Boss McCoy
Grey's Anatomy 2011 TV Series Chuck Cain
Jerusalem Countdown 2011 Rockwell
G.I. Joe: Renegades 2010-2011 TV Series General Abernathy
$#*! My Dad Says 2011 TV Series Don Reger
Corruption.Gov 2010 Jim Lawrence
Undercovers 2010 TV Series
Johnny 2010/I Dr. Miller
Human Target 2010 TV Series Christopher Chance
Community 2010 TV Series Admiral Slaughter
According to Jim 2008-2009 TV Series God
The Game 2007-2009 TV Series Coach Ross
The Adventures of Umbweki 2009 Police Captain Richard
Cold Case 2008 TV Series Dean London '08
Weeds 2008 TV Series Minute-Man Leader
Wainy Days 2008 TV Series David's Dad
Me & Lee? 2007 TV Movie
Wapos Bay: The Series 2007 TV Series Steve From Ausin
Ben 10: Race Against Time 2007 TV Movie Max Tennyson
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman 2007 TV Series Governor of California
The Brothers Solomon 2007 Ed Solomon
Guys Choice 2007 TV Movie Steve Austin
Waitin' to Live 2006 Bucko Cassidy
Lightspeed 2006 TV Movie Tanner
When I Find the Ocean 2006 Thomas
TV: The Movie 2006 Dr. Lakin / Announcer / Lieutenant / ...
Hell to Pay 2005 Marshall Boone
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams 2005 Dr. Jack Lee (scenes deleted)
Will & Grace 2005 TV Series Burt Wolfe
Arizona Summer 2004 Mr. Travers
The Trail to Hope Rose 2004 TV Movie Marshall Toll
Jake 2.0 2003 TV Series Richard Fox
Fate 2003 Oscar Odgen
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game Mitch Baker (voice)
Son of the Beach 2002 TV Series Colonel Seymore Kooze
Big Fat Liar 2002 Vince
Out Cold 2001 John Majors
Hard Knox 2001 TV Movie Darrell Knox
Here 2001 Short Bane
Hotel! 2001 TV Movie President of the U.S.A.
Too Much Sun 2000 TV Series Scott Reed
The War Next Door 2000 TV Series Kennedy Smith Sr.
V.I.P. 2000 TV Series Jed Irons
Primary Suspect 2000 Lt. Blake
New Jersey Turnpikes 1999
Chapter Zero 1999 Manatee Man
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. 1999 TV Series Tom Winters
Walker, Texas Ranger 1998 TV Series Sheriff Bell
Musketeers Forever 1998 Ben O'Connor
The Protector 1998/III Austin
Trojan War 1997 Officer Austin
Raven: Return of the Black Dragons 1997 TV Movie Ski
Lost Treasure of Dos Santos 1997 TV Movie Roy Stark
Daytona Beach 1996 TV Movie Owen Travers
Promised Land 1996 TV Series Jim Walker
Lonesome Dove: The Series 1995 TV Series Woodrow F Call
Bionic Ever After? 1994 TV Movie Steve Austin
The Cover Girl Murders 1993 TV Movie Rex Kingman
Raven 1992-1993 TV Series Herman 'Ski' Jablonski
Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor 1991 TV Movie Deputy Chief Sterling
Tour of Duty 1990 TV Series 'Pop' Scarlet
Keaton's Cop 1990 Mike Gable
CBS Summer Playhouse 1989 TV Series Jesse Pruitt
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman 1989 TV Movie Steve Austin
Scrooged 1988 Lee Majors
Reed Down Under 1988 TV Movie Reed Harris
Dolly 1988 TV Series Harold 'Chance' Coleman
The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman 1987 TV Movie Col. Steve Austin
A Smoky Mountain Christmas 1986 TV Movie Mountain Dan
The Fall Guy 1981-1986 TV Series Colt Seavers
The Cowboy and the Ballerina 1984 TV Movie Bob Clayton (aka Clay)
The Love Boat 1983 TV Series Robert Richards
Trauma Center 1983 TV Series Colt Seavers
Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land 1983 TV Movie Captain Cody Briggs
Circle of Two 1981 Theatre Patron (uncredited)
The Last Chase 1981 Franklyn Hart
High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane 1980 TV Movie Will Kane
Agency 1980 Philip Morgan
Killer Fish 1979 Lasky
Steel 1979 Mike Catton
The Norseman 1978 Thorvald
The Six Million Dollar Man 1974-1978 TV Series Col. Steve Austin
Just a Little Inconvenience 1977 TV Movie Frank Logan

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fall Guy 1981-1986 TV Series singer - 112 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS Summer Playhouse 1989 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman 1989 TV Movie co-producer
Reed Down Under 1988 TV Movie executive producer
The Fall Guy TV Series co-producer - 49 episodes, 1981 - 1984 co-executive producer - 23 episodes, 1985 - 1986
The Cowboy and the Ballerina 1984 TV Movie executive producer
Steel 1979 executive producer
The Norseman 1978 executive producer - uncredited
Just a Little Inconvenience 1977 TV Movie executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fall Guy 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Six Million Dollar Man 1975 TV Series performer - 4 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Six Million Dollar Man 1975 TV Series 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Time Machinists Documentary post-production Narrator (voice)
IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 TV Series Himself
The Greg Gutfeld Show 2015 TV Series Himself
The AXI: Avengers of eXtreme Illusions 2014 TV Series Himself - Narrator
The Five 2013 TV Series Himself
Fashion News Live 2007-2013 TV Series Himself
78th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 2009 TV Movie Himself
Flashback: Lee Majors Goes to Mars 2009 Video short Himself
When I Find the Ocean: Behind the Scenes 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Remembering 'The Fall Guy': An American Classic 2007 Video short Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2006 TV Series Himself
The Witnessing of Angels 2006 Video documentary Host
2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Biography 2003-2005 TV Series documentary Himself / Steve Austin
The O'Reilly Factor 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Best of 'So Graham Norton' 2004 Video Himself
Married to the Kellys 2004 TV Series Himself
Out Cold: Greetings from Bull Mountain 2004 Video documentary short Himself
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
TVography: Lee Majors - Hollywood's Bionic Hero 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Christmas with the Stars 2001 TV Movie Himself
Forbidden Secrets 2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
Crash Landing: Stories of Survival 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Entertainment Tonight Presents: Whatever Happened to Your Favorite TV Action Heroes? 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Headliners & Legends: Farrah Fawcett 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Family Guy 2000 TV Series Himself
The Magic of Thailand 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Friday Night's All Wright 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
So Graham Norton 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
P.S.I. Luv U 1991 TV Series Himself
The Annual Variety Club's Big Heart Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
Playboy Mid Summer Night's Dream Party 1985 1985 TV Movie Himself
Your Choice for the Film Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Host
The 24th Annual International Broadcasting Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
The Best of Everything 1983 TV Movie Himself
Battle of the Network Stars XI 1981 TV Special Himself - Host
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Herself - Presenter
Superstunt 1977 TV Special
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV - Series - Drama
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 1977 TV Series Himself
A Special Olivia Newton-John 1976 TV Special
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1976 TV Series Himself - Guest
Donny and Marie 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
The 17th Annual TV Week Logie Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
ABC Funshine Saturday Sneak Peek 1974 TV Movie Himself / Steve Austin (host)
The Hollywood Squares 1969 TV Series Himself
The Dating Game 1966-1967 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stossel 2014 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2014 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series Himself
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Heath Barkley from Big Valley
30 for 30 2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor, The Fall Guy
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Playboy: Farrah Fawcett, All of Me 1997 Video documentary Himself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Superest Super Hero The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
2001 Moxie! Award Santa Monica Film Festival Best Actor Here (2001)
1984 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television At 6933 Hollywood Blvd.
1983 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1982 Sour Apple Golden Apple Awards
1978 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor The Norseman (1978)
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
1966 Gold Medal Photoplay Awards Most Promising New Star (Male)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Male TV Star (TV-Star m)

TitleSalary
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) $50,000 per episode (equivalent to $240,000 in 2014)

#Quote
1 [About his recollections he had with Barbara Stanwyck]: Well, she was very tough - very tough. Off screen, she would call me Heath, and Linda Evans was Audra [our characters' names]. I remember when we finished the show, I knew to be on time. When we finished the show, we were meeting her for lunch or dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. I'm sitting there by myself, 12:30. She comes in at 12:31. Barbara sits down. I'm there. Five minutes later, here comes Linda. She looks up and says, 'Audra, you're late.' Five minutes: 'Audra, you're late.' It's like, Didn't I teach you better?" I've learned that, and I've never forgotten it. I have been on time for everything, all my life.
2 [on learning from Barbara Stanwyck] She was okay with me, took me under her wing, and taught me discipline. She was always supportive of me. The lessons I learned from Stanwyck were be on time and know your words. She made me a disciplined actor all my life. The discipline made me ten minutes early for everything.
3 [in 1967] Actually my accent isn't really Southern. It's more mountaineer or hillbilly.
4 [on Elizabeth Taylor (1967)] My greatest thrill in the three years I've been in Hollywood was the night I went to the screening of King Rat (1965) and the party after, that Elizabeth and Richard Burton gave for George Segal. Everybody was there, Julie Andrews, Sean Connery, Lana Turner; I was like a fan. There were three big booths in the restaurant, and I was sitting in the one next to where the Burtons were sitting. Later in the evening she was standing next to me. I asked her if I could kiss her on the cheek and she said he wouldn't like it. But then she changed her mind, and gave me one.
5 [on learning to ride and calf rope for The Big Valley (1965)] I hustled up about a hundred dollars and went out and bought a horse. I became friends with a great calf roper, just a little bitty guy. He was the world champion trick roper. I used to go out to his place all the time, and he taught me how to trick-rope calves.
6 [on The Big Valley (1965)] I remember when I first moved to Hollywood, how I used to sit on my front porch and watch everyone going to work. We lived right across the street from Four Star Studios. If anyone would have told me that one day I'd be starring along with Barbara Stanwyck in a television series . . . well, I still find it incredible.
7 [on his role as Heath Barkley in The Big Valley (1965)] That character was really very close to me. You know it isn't all acting.
8 [on Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971)] I like action, staying in shape, and all the exercise I ever got was walking from the counsel table to the judge's bench in the courtroom on Sound Stage 27. It was basically Arthur Hill's show. I had so little to do and so much time off that the series made a great golfer out of me.
9 In westerns, I'm right at home. When they tell me to ride that horse through that scene one more time, I say "Sure, glad to," because I remember when I was the one doing all that running [as television's The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)].
10 Even as a kid, I looked up to football coaches. All during junior high school, high school and college, they had the greatest influence on my life. And I never wanted to be anything but a coach. I never was a great All-American grid star at Eastern Kentucky Stage College, but I probably would have been a lot better if I didn't get hurt during my junior year.
11 [on meeting Rock Hudson in 1958] We talked then about possibilities of my giving it a try in Hollywood, but even if he was serious I wanted to finish college and get my degree. If something developed, then I would have an insurance policy to fall back on.
12 [on his divorce from Farrah Fawcett] It seemed to happen all of a sudden. The time just went by. We probably had a good two weeks together or maybe a weekend here or there--but that just isn't enough.
13 [on first wife Kathy] We were married June 17, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky. I was a senior, a physical education and history major. I was going to coach football. I guess the big mistake was that we weren't looking at it realistically. We were young and we loved each other and that seemed to make everything all right. We didn't think about marriage involving anything more than loving each other.
14 [Of Barbara Stanwyck]: She was 60, when she started that show [when we did the pilot]; and that little lady [of course], she wasn't very tall. I could touch my fingers around her waist, you know? She was one fiery little actress, one sweet lady, but she rode those buggies, she drove them, by herself. She did some shows where she was underground with Charles Bronson-- trapped as a hostage, came out of there all muddied and everything, and she did some fights. She was a tough little girl.
15 [on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Barbara Stanwyck, who played Victoria Barkley] Barbara gave me my discipline. I'm always on the set before they need me, and I never leave the set, but I'm also the first to leave when they say, "That's a wrap". Barbara also taught me to learn your lines and everybody else's. I learn the whole script before I show up. It pays, because once you've got the lines in your head, you can concentrate on movement or doing things with your props. I've tried to pass that on to other actors--make sure you know your words way ahead of time. The words are 90% of it. The other 10% is just the way you dress it up.
16 [on his most favorite television series to date] The Big Valley (1965) was the most fun at the time because it was my first and I love Westerns. All the action, horseback riding, I really loved it. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) was so hard and so boring for me. Ironically that was the most popular. It was total work. You're there [at the set] 16 to 17 hours a day.
17 [on Farrah Fawcett] All the stories that I was jealous of her career are just a lot of crap, I was always 110% behind her and proud of her. There are times when I think that perhaps I created a monster. But then, deep down, I know that's just not true.
18 I don't want to try and still be Warren Beatty or whoever. A lot of guys think they can be leading men forever. And believe me, we all can't be.
19 [on his on- and off-relationship with Farrah Fawcett] We were together actually for 12 years. And after being in the business for awhile and so long, in one year, I think we saw each other two weeks. Two weeks in one year, that's very tough. When you're separated, you hear . . . things are printed in the press, this, this and this. So you think, can that be true? No, that's not true . . . yes it is, this and this. But just the fact of not being together. Absence does not make the heart grow fonder . . . it makes you forget.
20 [on Clint Eastwood] Clint Eastwood's a good friend, too--he and I used to play in softball games together.
21 [on his days as a football player] Even when I was young, playing college football, and I injured my knee, I bounced right back.
22 I'm from Middlesboro, Kentucky, a little town on the Tennessee and Virginia border.
23 [on playing second-fiddle to other iconic actors such as Ernest Borgnine, Danny Thomas, Eddie Albert, Michael Landon, Robert Reed, Bill Bixby, James Garner, Robert Fuller, James Brolin and Buddy Ebsen, who each have had their own successful careers: I have done a series in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
24 [on the death of his ex-wife, Farrah Fawcett] She fought a tremendous battle against a terrible disease. She was an angel on earth and now an angel forever.
25 I was never into my looks. What's important to me is my health and family.


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