The Six Million Dollar Man himself celebrates his 84th birthday today!
Yes, I know he’s had a long, full career, both before and especially well after his bionic adventures, but he’ll always be Colonel Steve Austin to me. Okay, with a side of Colt Seavers. And maybe a dash of Christopher Chance. And Pop Scarlet.
A check of his IMDB page shows he’s still finding ways to keep plenty busy. I’m actually kind of tired just reading it all. He’s currently involved in a handful of upcoming projects, and recent interview appearances just show he still looks like he could outrun me pretty easily. Here’s hoping I can find my way to having half his energy when I’m his age.
Also? I fervently maintain that Lee Majors has the manliest running stride in the history of running men. Fight me. I offer into evidence this bit of bionic bravado from the very first episode of the TV series, “Population: Zero.”
And yes, I was definitely one of those kids who would offer up my best bionic sound effects as I ran around the neighborhood in something attempting to resemble “Steve Austin slow motion.” I somehow managed to avoid breaking any bones while performing all manner of “bionic” stunts.
Geek Fact: When I was a kid, I so wanted a jacket like the one in this pic.
Geek Fact 2: I kinda still do.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Majors!
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I’ll still gladly call The Six Million Dollar Man my favorite TV show. And one of the all-time best geeky moments of my life was meeting him, Lindsay Wagner, and Richard Anderson, at a con just a year or two before Anderson passed.
That Population Zero clip is still the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of the show. Just a great scene.
There is a knockoff of that “NASA Jacket” online somewhere but I don’t know of anyone who claims to have actually bought it. It doesn’t have all the patches but I’ve got them mapped out on the off chance I feel like faking a version one of these days.
Think it’s time to watch the “Kill Oscar” episodes again…
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