Age is just a number for Lee Majors, The Six Million Dollar Man

Lee Majors sits down with "M&F" Editor & Chief to talk Starz hit series 'Ash vs Evil Dead.'

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Lee Majors, The Six Million Dollar Man returns to TV on the Starz hit series Ash vs Evil Dead.

If you were a child of the ’70s like me, Lee Majors was your hero. As Col. Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man, Majors dazzled us with displays of superhuman feats, thanks to his bionic arm, legs, and eye. He then went on to star as tough guy stuntman–bounty hunter Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy. The 77-year-old’s latest project is the Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead, the serial continuation of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead film series, in which titular star Bruce Campbell is in constant battle with, well, the evil dead. Lee joins the show in Season 2 as Ash’s dad. Expect lots of steely-eyed face-offs between the two square-jawed übermen.

M&F: Tell us about your character in Ash vs Evil Dead

Lee Majors: My character’s name is Brock Williams, and he’s the father of Ash—Bruce Campbell. And, of course, Bruce and I have similar physical attributes. We kind of look related. But he skipped town on me about 30 years ago, and now he’s come back to try and patch things up.

Sounds like he may need your help.
Yeah, he gets in trouble a lot. I wasn’t really familiar with the show when they asked me to do it, so I sat down to watch some episodes. Next thing you know, I almost watched the whole 10 episodes [of Season 1] at one time. It was so good.

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It’s gory, but it’s “fun” gory. It’s kind of its own genre.
I try to explain to people that if it was totally without the humor, it probably wouldn’t work, but with the humor in it—the funny one-line deliveries—it just takes the curse off of it and makes it fun to watch.

It really picks up where the movies left off. It’s got the same spirit, the same style. 

Sam Raimi is very good. It’s been fun to work with this cast. They’re unbelievably good, and the crew is all really good as well.

You have a great history with a television show that I grew up watching, The Six Million Dollar Man, and of course, The Fall Guy. As an actor, you’ve always had very physical roles, and I know that you have a football background. Is physicality something you look for in roles? 

Having just come out of college football, I was pretty active, and I ended up doing probably 80% of my own stunts over my entire career, which is going on 53 years now. I’m starting to feel the wear and tear over the last couple of years, though. The knees get a little creaky, but I still enjoy working and still do a lot of lower-budget films, which gives me the chance to work with young, enthusiastic people. I like supporting them in their careers.

I ran my behind off in Six Mil. It makes the day go faster.