An occasional series looking at some true Titans of TV. Their characters are legend: Woodward. Austin. Tanna. Little Joe. But the importance of the fictional pales in comparison to that of the near-mythical actors and actresses who breathed life into the roles. Their shows seldom were Emmy-winning, but their work was seen in your household if you owned a set at the time, their names known to you. We salute TV’s true stalwarts — those with the constitution to make it to the set year after year, show after show.
Our first TV icon is Lee Majors.
Raven, Tour of Duty, The Fall Guy, The Six Million Dollar Man, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The Virginian
That arm, those legs, that eye. And that thoughtfully raised eyebrow, unequaled (with the possible exception of Leonard Nimoy’s) for its range of mute expressiveness: “I question that.” “Good dog, Max.” “I’m walloping five men with a Chevy van and that’s all right with me.” “Leave, Bigfoot.”
How could audiences not love a man who put Farrah Fawcett on the Hollywood map, never got rattled and sang his own theme song (The Fall Guy)