CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

The Six Million Dollar Man

The Six Million Dollar Man was a show that ran on ABC from 1974-1978. Based on the book, Cyborg by Martin Caidin, the show starred Lee Majors and Richard Anderson. Prior to getting picked up by the network, it ran as a series of three television pilot movies focusing on astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin.

Austin was flying an experimental aircraft for NASA when a horrendous accident occurred leaving him half dead and broken. Using advanced technology for the 1970s, they replace his right arm, both legs and his left eye with bionic implants. As a result, Austin becomes a superman. He is unusually strong, can run 60 mph and he is blessed with a zoom lens and infrared capabilities in his eye.

The Office of Scientific Intelligence or OSI is run by a man named Oscar Goldman who is played by veteran character actor, Richard Anderson. Goldman ends up recruiting Austin to be a special agent for the organization. Reluctantly, he agrees to work for the agency but he doesn’t like it.

Each week, Austin would be sent on missions where he would have to perform feats of superhuman strength in order to save someone or defeat an enemy. The best part about these endeavors was the incredible sound effects used to convey Austin’s Herculean efforts. Another thing that became iconic during the run of this show was the slow-motion action sequences.

In 1975, a two-part episode arc ran that introduced the character of Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) to audiences was very well received. Sommers was a professional tennis player who was Steve Austin’s love interest. After a tragic sky diving accident, Austin convinces the OSI to give her bionic parts as well. Her body ends up rejecting the bionics and Jaime dies. Because she was so popular they brought her back to life and created a spin off series for her, The Bionic Woman.

Both shows were cancelled in 1978, only to be resurrected in three television movies. The first one aired in 1987, the second aired in 1989 and starred a young Sandra Bullock in one of her first acting roles. The last installment in 1994 saw Austin and Sommers tie the knot. Lee Majors starred in all three telepics along with Richard Anderson.

Forty-three years after the fact, this show still has a place in popular culture.  The beginning voice over, “We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.” has been used in a song by Daft Punk as well as a commercial.

The Six Million Dollar Man spawned an action figure (which I owned) and even a comic book series. According to IMDB, the feature film adaptation, The Six Billion Dollar Man is currently in development. At one point Mark Wahlberg was said to be attached to it. Lee Majors just finished a successful stint on the second season of Ash vs Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell, playing Ash Williams’ father, Brock.

 

 

 

 

 

Related Post
D.C. Fontana passes away aged 80

It is Cult Faction's sad duty to report that Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana passed away Monday evening following a short illness. Read more

Heroes of Cult: Robert Walker Jr.

Robert Hudson Walker Jr. was born on April 15th 1940 in Queens, New York, the son of actors Robert Walker Read more

Preview- The Six Million Dollar Man #1

CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (The Unbelievable Gwenpool! Secret Agent Deadpool! Adventure Time! I Am Groot!) and DAVID HAHN (Batman '66! Bombshells: United!) Read more

Richard Anderson passes away at the age of 91

It is Cult Faction's sad duty to report that Oscar Goldman himself, Richard Anderson, passed away on Thursday in his Beverly Read more

Heroes of Cult: Pamela Hensley

Pamela Gail Hensley was born on October 3rd 1950 in Glendale, California, USA. She went onto study at Argyle Academy and Read more

Heroes of Cult: Red West

Robert Gene West was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1936 to Lois and Newton Thomas West. An excellent athlete and former U.S. Read more

Heroes of Cult: Branscombe Richmond

Character actor, singer and stuntman Branscombe Richmond was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8th 1955. He is the son of actor and stuntman Read more

George Gaynes passes away aged 98

It is with great sadness that Cult Faction must report that Commandant Eric Lassard himself George Gaynes has passed away on Read more

The Six-Billion Dollar Man! We have the technology to reboot him!

It would appear that Steve Austin - The Six Million Dollar Man is being rebuilt for a new audience. "Marky" Read more

Cult Movie Essentials: Neon City (1991)

Directed by Monte Markham, Neon City (aka Anno 2053 aka Neonski Grad) is a post-apocalyptic update of John Ford's Stagecoach that takes Read more

Editor @1428_Elm podcaster at Nerdrotic Channel #writer #journalist #critic #movies #television #popculture

6 thoughts on “The Six Million Dollar Man

    1. Yes! In addition to having a bit of a crush on Austin, I also wanted to be Jaime Sommers. You have excellent taste. My hope is if the film ever come to fruition that it does the series proud!

  1. Oh yes one of my first crushes as a child, and yes to be as beautiful as Jamie was a dream 🙂 As soon as I saw your post I was like -oh oh oh – and his spot on Evil Dead as Ashes Dad I was thrilled, I had a good chuckle at the bionic hand joke too …. that was just icing on the cake! Keep up the good work Susan!

    1. Thanks! Yes, Lee Majors. Wow. I had the action figures of him & Lindsay Wagner. I wanted to be Jaime Sommers! LOL. Isn’t it funny how it comes back to AVED? Hmm….as always, glad you enjoyed & thanks for the support!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: