‘Dallas’ guest star isn’t just iconic — he’s bionic
March 31, 2013 9:36PM
Lee Majors, 73, is on TNT’s “Dallas” as a potential love interest for Sue Ellen. | Zade Rosenthal~TNT
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:34AM
Mention to Lee Majors his doll from “The Six Million Dollar Man” with the blinking, bionic eye and he’ll correct you.
“If it’s a boy, it’s not a doll, dear,” he says. “It’s an action figure.”
But doesn’t mind the occasional nod to his half-machine character Steve Austin. Hit him with a catchphrase from the ’70s TV classic — “We can rebuild him!” — and he’s unfazed. “Oh, I hear that all the time. It’s good fun,” he says.
Majors is back in action with a choice role on “Dallas” (8 p.m. Mondays on TNT). “My good friend Larry Hagman came to me several times and said, ‘You should join the show,’ ” he says. “I said, ‘Find me a great part.’ ”
Cut to Hagman’s memorial service. “One of the producers came up and said, ‘Larry mentioned you several times.’ A month later, I got a call asking for my availability,” says Majors.
He might be a love interest for Sue Ellen (Linda Gray). “She’s been drinking and is sort of a mess. I’m there for a firm shoulder,” he says.
Now 73, Majors has also heard rumors of a “Six Million Dollar Man” movie. “Oh, it has been mentioned several times,” he says. “If I did any role in it, I’d like to play Oscar Goldman maybe. All he had to do is sit in the office and point his finger.”
Not that Majors isn’t active. “I was in Chicago not so long ago and did one of those boat rides down one of your waterways,” he says. Was he recognized? “I put on a baseball hat and glasses like any other actor,” he says. “But I still get, ‘Are you still bionic?’ ”
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