Whatever Happened to Lee Majors & Lindsay Wagner After the Bionics?
The ’60s and ’70s truly had a love of science fiction and tried to come up with an idea of what the enigmatic future may hold. Now in 2024, we don’t have flying cars or a lot of the fun stuff they came up with back then, but that’s okay! We have shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, which followed Lee Majors as astronaut Colonel Steve Austin. After suffering an accident in a space vehicle, the government put him back together as a bionic man and he carried out missions set forth by the OSI. After decades of promises of a reboot of The Six Million Dollar Man, actor Mark Wahlberg provided an update.
October 20, 2023 marked the 50th Anniversary monthly TV series debut of 'The Six Million Dollar Man,' which became a weekly series on January 18, 1974.
He said in a recent interview, “You know what, I think there is finally hope for that to happen. And I think it’s kind of actually a lot to do with this movie, because hopefully Skydance will have the rights, if not fully buttoned up now, very soon, and we’ll fast track that movie to get made. So, I’m still not out of the fight, I’m still grinding every day to get it made. You know, its tough to get certain things made it’s very difficult, it was an uphill battle, but I think certain ones are worth just seeing through to the end.”
The original show was inspired by a novel called “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. First, the novel was recreated into three TV movies and eventually the weekly series which ran from 1974 to 1978. The show also starred Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers and she got her own spin-off show called The Bionic Woman. Let’s find out what Majors and Wagner are up to now.
Lee Majors (84)
Colonel Steve Austin
Lee Majors got his start on the TV Western The Big Valley in the mid-1960s and in The Virginian in the early 1970s. Of course, in the mid-’70s, he got the role in The Six Million Dollar Man. Majors and Wagner got to act together in The Bionic Woman and TV movies The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) and Bionic Ever After? (1994).
After the series ended, he got cast in another popular show as Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy. The ’80s show is getting a remake this year and Majors is set to make a cameo in the film, passing the torch to Ryan Gosling. Majors has continued to work and made appearances in Weeds, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Tour of Duty, and more. Majors has been married four times, most notably to the late Farrah Fawcett. He is now married to Faith Noelle and has four kids.
Lindsay Wagner (74)
Lindsay Wagner began in The Six Million Dollar Man as Majors’ character’s love interest but eventually her character got some bionics of her own and a spin-off. While her character actually died in The Six Million Dollar Man, she proved to be so popular that they figured out a way to bring her back with her own show. After the shows ended, she has mostly made TV movies including the three Bionic reunions.
Her most recent role was in Christmas at the Ranch and she made a cameo as herself in the game show Generation Gap. Wagner has been interested in holistic health over the years and has written a book about using acupressure, a vegetarian cookbook and given self-help seminars. Wagner has also been married four times and has two kids.