Lee Majors Previews His Dallas Arc, Remembers Neighbor Larry Hagman and Talks Bionic Reboot

Dallas Season 2 SpoilersIt seems almost inconceivable that not once during his 1970s/1980s heyday did Lee Majors even so much as guest-star on Dallas, Dynasty, Knot’s Landing or the like. But it’s all for a very good reason — the bionic man is merely human.

“When you’re doing The Six Million Dollar Man all through the ’70s and The Fall Guy all through the ’80s, you don’t have time to do anybody else’s shows,” Majors tells TVLine with a laugh.

He then points out, “Most of my shows, starting with The Big Valley and moving on up to The Virginians, have been action series. And a lot of them are The, and you never want to take a series with The in it, because it means you’re in every shot. And since I did about 90 percent of my own stunts, it just wears you out. So I hibernated during my time off.”

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Majors, however, is now filling the primetime sudser gap in his resume this week on TNT’s Dallas (Monday, 9/8c), when he kicks off a three-episode arc as Ken Richards, an old, pre-J.R. flame of Sue Ellen’s.

“She calls him out of the blue for some business help — and she does mention that she’d been wanting to call me for quite a while, but needed a reason to pick up the phone,” Majors previews. As for whether their reunion will be strictly business, “Sue Ellen hints at some romanticism, but I don’t know which way it’s going.”

Regardless, could this reconnect with an old friend cure what’s been ailing the grande dame, who tumbled off the wagon when J.R. passed? “She is drinking heavily. Every scene I had with her, she had just finished poured some vodka in her Coca-Cola,” Majors confirms. “So she is still having that problem. But that’s about all I can tell ya!”

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Though this Dallas stint marked the first time Majors had met Gray (“We clicked right away,” he reports, “because we work the same way”), it’s not his first brush with Southfork royalty.

“Larry [Hagman] lived a few houses down from me in Malibu, so I’d see him on the weekends,” he recalls. “He would dress in funny outfits, like as a monk or something, and he wouldn’t talk on Sundays — because one time he lost his voice and his doctor told him to take one day and don’t talk. We thought it was silly, but we would drink and have a good time, and at least we didn’t have to listen to him!” he jokes.

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Although Majors’ Dallas arc stops short of the Season 2 finale (airing April 15), “It’s wide open,” he says, for Ken to resurface during any possible Season 3. And he seems up for the gig, seeing as the TNT drama is missing that tiring The from its title.

'The Six Million Dollar Man,' on which Majors' then-wife, Farrah Fawcett, guested multiple times

‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ on which Majors’ then-wife, Farrah Fawcett, guested multiple times

Reflecting again on his back-to-back-to-back series regular runs, Majors says, “There were only three channels and it was very competitive, so you were lucky to be on at all. It was very tough. And we did a lot of [episodes] back then — maybe 42 when I started on The Big Valley, and then 38, and 32…. So I’d want to do a series like Dallas with a big ensemble, where you have to work maybe two or three days a week, doing maybe two scenes on those days.”

But what about revisiting (or “rebuilding,” Steve Austin-style) one of his past successes? Majors says that while The Fall Guy is forever his favorite, if given the option to reboot one of his old shows, “I would pick Six Mil’if I could play [OSI boss] Oscar Goldman, because he just sat in the office and called me to say, ‘OK, you go do this, Steve!’ I would take that part any day.”

In addition to his Dallas arc, Majors returns to Fox’s Raising Hope, where he plays Burt’s dad, this Thursday at 9/8c.

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14 Comments
  1. david says:

    cant believe that Dallas is almost done for the season. Looking forward to see how it will wrap up the storylines

  2. GS says:

    Would much rather see a romance with him and Sue Ellen than her with Gary. That is just wigging me out! Don’t like it at all.

  3. Trista says:

    I have always loved Lee Majors.

  4. Dianne says:

    I don’t watch the new Dallas, but I will watch to see Lee Majors. I have always loved that man.

  5. Temperence says:

    It was too bad Human Target got cancelled. Majors had a small, but very interesting, part that could have been a great recurring role.

  6. JBC says:

    He will always be Heath to me. Loved “The” Big Valley. May check out Dallas to see him. Watched the tribute episode to JR. New Dallas seems like a good show.

  7. Ana says:

    Steve Austin!! Love him. Really looking forward to seeing him on Dallas. But, why is Sue Ellen taken such a prominent role? I find her to be the most unlikeable character. I thought she was going to be a supporting player but she’s front and center. I hope that changes.

  8. JS says:

    I love the idea of Sue Ellen having some romance, and Lee Majors is a fun choice. Gary was too boring of a character. Sue Ellen is my favorite, but it is so sad that she really is all alone. Even her son doesn’t treat her well. I hate seeing Sue Ellen drink. I like it when her character is strong. It shows people you can conquer your demons and problems. Linda Gray is beautiful and an amazing actress. Love watching her.

  9. I’ve always adored Lee Majors, and happy to see him on Dallas, hopefully as a continuous love interest for Sue Ellen!

    NAMASTE’

  10. Michelle says:

    I remember growing up watching Dallas liked it then like it now. I remember going to South Fork on a tour the pool isn’t nearly as big as it looks on tv.

  11. Miranda says:

    I really hope they put lee on more episodes of Dallas he is my favorite actor and always will be. He is so cool to me because his hometown is just a couple of hours from me so he is my favorite actor!!

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