Actor Lee Majors

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Lee Majors took television by storm as Col. Steve Austin in "The Six Million Dollar Man." He played the bionic government agent from 1974 to '78.

Mr. Majors was born in Michigan in 1939. Orphaned at age 3, he was adopted by relatives who moved to Kentucky. He became a promising football player in high school. An injury in college precluded his trying out for the NFL.

After graduating from Eastern Kentucky State College, Majors went to Los Angeles and worked as a recreation director for the parks department. On weekends he played pickup football with Hollywood movie stars.

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Majors decided to take a shot at acting and enrolled in the MGM drama program. His first gig was in the TV series "The Big Valley" (1965-69). Then came "The Six Million Dollar Man" - which made him a star - and, later, the less-popular "The Fall Guy" (1981-86). Adding to his celebrity was his nine-year marriage to actress Farrah Fawcett. They divorced in 1982.

Majors still works on TV. He recently played Pamela Anderson's father on "VIP," and did a pizza commercial spoofing his "Six Million Dollar Man" role.

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