Legendary star Lee Majors has been around the business for fifty years, beginning in “Strait Jacket” in which he was uncredited, but got to work alongside the likes of Joan Crawford, Diane Baker and Leif Erickson. From there he had roles in “Gun Smoke”, “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “Will Penny” before landing his breakout role as Heath Barkley in “The Big Valley”. However, the role most people identify him with is Col. Steve Austen in “The Six Million Dollar Man”.
Yet, throughout the years Majors has been working in some capacity in the industry in a wide variety of roles such as TV roles on the “Love Boat”, “ Trauma Center”, TV movie, “High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane” as Will Kane to the highly popular “The Fall Guy”. More recently has had roles on “Greys’ Anatomy” “CSI: NY” and the reboot of “Dallas”.
AL: Lee thank you for taking this time to speak with us. You have just wrapped up the film “Matt’s Chance” with Edward Furlong and Margot Kidder and written and directed by Nicholas Gyeney. What excited you about doing the role and how did you approach it given that this is a more quirky character, than say not a Colonel or cowboy but a barber who has his own untold story and scheme?
LM: I had known Nick for a little while before Matt’s Chance began. We were looking for the right project to come together on, and when he sent me the script, I saw it as a nice departure from what I usually do. My character is more of an overseer. The movie rests on Mr. Furlong’s shoulders. He does most of the heavy lifting. Unless you count my wardrobe for my final scene.
AL: As an older actor who has seen and been around the business how have you stayed employed and still managed to get roles which were not only interesting, but which challenged you as a performer?
LM: Blackmail mostly. No, it’s most likely filmmakers like Nick who appreciated my work from then, and have wanted to work with me.
AL: Now that you are established what advice would you give to someone who wanted to become an actor? In other words, not just don’t give up, but more importantly, how should they prepare themselves as a person? And what should they be willing to concede and what should they refuse to compromise?
LM: It’s most important to find your place. Figure out what your strengths are, and put all your energy into developing them. Not every actor is meant to be Brad Pitt, and not every actor is meant to be Doctor #2. We all have our place, and once you accept that, doors begin to open.
AL: As an actor in a business that can have its ups and downs how have you managed to stay grounded and find inner peace? Once I discovered my place in the industry, it helped to look at my career positively. It’s all in your perspective. You can either see the world by what you don’t have, or by what you do. Cherishing what you do have makes life peaceful.
AL: With regards to “Matt’s Chance” what attracted you to the role? And how was it working with Margot Kidder, Edward Furlong and the young director/ writer Nicholas Gyeney?
LM: Mainly it was the director, Nick, and the script. It was dark and fun, and different. All my scenes are with Mr. Furlong, and he did a great job in the film. Nick is a true rising talent. I’m very excited to see what the future brings for him, and looking forward to working with him again soon.