How much is Lee Majors worth?
|Net Worth:||$18 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 23, 1939|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Lee Majors
Lee Majors, whose real full name is Harvey Lee Yeary, is an American film, television, and video actor and producer. He’s best known for his work in the television series “The Big Valley”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, and “The Fall Guy”.
How did Lee Majors earn his net worth?
The skilled actor became rich right after his acting career began and he landed some leading roles in popular shows and films. He began acting professionally in 1962 just after he earned his bachelor’s degree in history and physical education from the Kentucky University. His film debut came with an uncredited role in the 1964 horror film “Strait-Jacket”. The following year, he made his television debut in the series “Gunsmoke”, from which he earned $500.
His big break came in the Western series “The Big Valley”, where he played the role of Heath Barkley and for which he was chosen out of 400 young actors. He remained on the show for its entirety from September 1965 to May 1969, and, earned a total of $500.000. Throughout the rest of the decade, he also took part in other projects such as “Will Penny”, “Midnight Cowboy”, “The Ballad of Andy Crocker”, and “The Liberation of L.B. Jones”. In the early 1970s, he became a regular cast member of the legal drama “Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law”, which was critically-acclaimed during all of its three seasons. For his role of Jess Brandon in the ABC series, he won nearly $650.000.
Why is he so famous?
Lee Majors became famous when he first landed his major role in a television series, particularly in the Western fan favorite “The Big Valley”. His real name is Harvey Lee Yeary and he was born on April 23, 1939, in Wyandotte, Michigan. At the age of one, he lost both of his parents (Carl and Alice Yeary) in separate accidents. He was then adopted by his aunt and uncle and moved with them to Middlesboro, Kentucky.
During his time in Middlesboro High School, he was a vivid fan of track and football. After his high school graduation in 1957, he earned a scholarship and ended the Indiana University, where he was once again heavily involved with the aforementioned sports. In 1959, he transferred to the Eastern Kentucky University. After a fatal injury, he was forced to stop playing football so he turned his attention to acting. In the early 1960s, he began performing in plays at various theatres in his area such as Pioneer Playhouse, Regal Crow Canyon, and Century Blackhawk Plaza.
What makes him so successful?
The success of this television star comes from his incredible and highly-praised abilities to perform in different productions. In 1973, Lee landed perhaps his breakthrough (and most well-received role) in a television series, that of Steve Austin in the television movie “The Six Million Dollar Man”. The television movie was turned into a regular series that gathered international success and were screened in more than 70 countries. The hit series not only helped him become a millionaire but also turned him into a pop icon that got a lot more opportunities.
Since the late 1970s, Majors also became a director with his directing debut coming in the television movie “Just a Little Inconvenience”. Throughout the rest of his career, starting the 1980s, Majors established himself as one of the best-paid actors and directors in America. He landed main roles in the television series “The Fall Guy”, “Tour of Duty”, “Raven”, and “The Game”. Concurrently with portraying characters in films, he also became a voice actor with some of his most notable roles being in “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”, “G.I. Joe: Renegades”, “Robot Chicken”, and “Thunderbirds Are Go”.
Lee Majors is a critically-acclaimed actor and producer who began his career in the 1960s. Since then, he has made a name for himself and after his brilliant performance in the fan favorite “The Six Million Dollar Man”, he became a pop icon. In addition to his work in the film industry, since April 1983 he has become a co-owner of the LA Express team from the US Football League. Presently, at the age of 81, with a net worth of $18 million, he continues to work as not only an actor and director but as a businessman as well.