Lee Majors is an American actor, primarily known for several high profile roles on television in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
Majors is known for his roles as Barbara Stanwyck's husband's illegitimate son, Heath Barkley, in The Big Valley, as Arthur Hill's law partner/friend, Jess Brandon, in Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, as Colonel Steve Austin, in The Six Million Dollar Man, and as Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy. He also had a recurring role as Col. Seymour Kooze in Son of the Beach.
Majors was born Harvey Lee Yeary on April 23, 1939, in the Detroit suburb of Wyandotte, Michigan. He was the only child of Carl Yeary, who was killed in a work-related accident before Harvey was born, and Alice Yeary, who was killed in a car accident when he was a year old. At age two, Yeary was adopted by an uncle and aunt, Harvey and Mildred Yeary, and moved with them to Middlesboro, Kentucky, where they already had another son, Bill.
Since his adoptive older brother had been a football star in school, Yeary tirelessly committed himself to the sport. While a student at Middlesboro High School, he participated in sports, from track to football. He graduated in 1957, and earned a scholarship to Indiana University, where he competed in more sports. Yeary left Indiana in 1959 and transferred to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, after he got into a fight at a fraternity house. He played in his first game the following year, but suffered a severe back injury which left him paralyzed for two weeks, and ended his college football career.