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The Six Million Dollar Man

The Six Million Dollar Man Dates : 1974 - 1978
108 episodes of 60 min
First broadcasting : 11 Janvier 1975
Creator(s) : Glen Larson, Lionel Siegel et Harve Bennett
Producer(s) : Alan Balter, Harve Bennet, Lionel Siegel
Music : Robert Bryant, Richard Clements, Luchi De Jesus, Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson (saisons 4 et 5), et Oliver Nelson (générique) (saisons 1, 2 et 3)
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Synopsis

Air Force Colonel Steve Austin, an astronaut who had walked on the moon, is almost fatally injured in a plane crash. Many of his damaged parts are replaced by experimental bionic limbs, including his right arm, his left eye, and both legs. These bionics give him superpowers such as increased speed and strength and the ability to see long distances. To pay the U.S. Government back the $6,000,000 it cost to rebuild him, Austin goes to work for the Office of Scientific Investigation as an agent, investigating foreign spies, mad scientists, bombers, space aliens, and even Bigfoot.

The Actors

Lee Majors - Steve Austin

Lee Majors


(Steve Austin)

Richard Anderson - Oscar Goldman

Richard Anderson


(Oscar Goldman)

Photos

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Trivia

Ex-USAF pilot and NASA PR man Martin Caidin's 1971 novel "Cyborg" was the source material for this show.

The aircraft seen crashing in the opening sequence of The Six Million Dollar Man was an M2-F2, a "flying body configuration" built by Northrup. The audio sound effects are from a crash that occurred on May 10, 1967, at Edwards Air Force base in California (although the dialogue heard was recorded by Lee Majors). The test pilot, Bruce Peterson, hit the ground at 250 mph, tumbling six times. He lost use of his right eye and had to stop flying, ending his career. Understandably, Peterson has said that he hated reliving his accident, week after week, courtesy of Steve Austin.

The characters of Oscar Goldman and Rudy Wells appeared on both this series and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman. When the spin-off moved to another network, this practice continued. This was the first time the same continuing characters appeared on two different TV series broadcast on two different networks at the same time.

During one Christmas episode, Austin is seen visiting a toy shop. The popular Steve Austin action figure is clearly visible on the store shelves.

Near the end of the series, Lee Majors experimented with changing Austin's look by growing a moustache. This proved unpopular and the idea was dropped, but not before a number of commercial tie-ins, including a comic book and a lunch box, had been produced with the new look.

In the spring of 1977, before production began on what would be the show's final season, Lee Majors refused to go to work until contract demands were met. At one point it was reported that producers were considering hiring a new actor to take over the series. Among those considered were Gil Gerard, Bruce Jenner, and Harrison Ford (the producers said he was unsuitable as an action hero).

The popular two-part episode "The Bionic Woman" featured two songs performed on the soundtrack by Lee Majors himself. These were the country song "Gotta Get Loose" and the ballad "Sweet Jamie", the latter of which was loosely based upon the Six Million Dollar Man theme music.

Early episodes of the series had Austin killing bad guys on occasion. As it became clear that Austin was becoming a role-model for kids, the level of violence in the series decreased, with Austin rarely, if ever, actually killing anyone.

During filming of the episode "Carnival of Spies" in 1977, the show become associated with a strange American legend. Filming a scene in the funhouse called Laff-in-the-Dark a technician tried to move a strange looking wax-covered mannequin hanging from a rope and when he did the mummy's arm broke off in his hand. Sticking out of the wax was a human bone. When forensic scientists unclothed the figure they cut through the thick, hard wax and found that it was the body of Elmer McCurdy, a notorious outlaw who had been killed in a gunfight in 1911. After he was formally identified, he was buried in a formal ceremony and many of the crew of "The Six Million Dollar Man" were in attendance.

The characters 'Steve Austin' and 'Jamie Sommers' (from "The Bionic Woman" (1976)) were ranked #19 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).

The name of Monte Markham's character was changed from Barney Miller to Barney Hiller to avoid confusion with the ABC sitcom "Barney Miller" (1975)

Filming

Filming locations:

  • Nu Pike Amusement Park, Long Beach, California, USA

Authors of the card

  • Creation date: 2003/07/01 by stals
  • Last Update: 2007/05/01 by kamala

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