If you were a child of the ’60s, ’70s, or ’80s, you grew up watching Lee Majors. From The Big Valley to The Six Million Dollar Man to The Fall Guy, Lee has been a staple on the silver screen for decades. On June 28th, Lee Majors will receive The Life Career Award at the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards in Burbank, California.
Majors is no stranger to horror. Early in his career, he appeared in a 1965 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Five years later, he did a film called Weekend of Terror about three nuns held hostage by escaped convicts. In the late ’70s, Lee appeared in Killer Fish, one of several Jaws knockoffs to hit theaters at the time. That one looks like fun!
More recently, you’ve seen Lee Majors as Ash’s dad, Brock Williams, on the STARZ hit series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Majors joined the cast in 2016. Interestingly enough, he’s been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series at these same Saturn Awards for his work on Ash.
Fox News asked Majors why he took on Ash vs. Evil Dead in a recent interview, noting the extreme nature of the show is a bit of a departure for him. Lee’s response is classic:
“I’ve never done a show with blood and guts and chain-sawing people. But when you see it and he’s throwing out these funny lines, it takes away from the horror part of it. It makes it fun.“
Ash vs. Evil Dead may have opened the genre doors for Lee. According to IMDb, Majors has joined the cast of Dead Rising (2017), a zombie film based on the popular video game franchise. Awesome news!
Congratulations, Lee Majors, on winning the Saturn Life Career Award from all of us at PopHorror… and good luck on your Best Supporting Actor bid! You’ve had an amazing 50+ year run so far. We can’t wait to see what’s next! Is a sequel to The Night The Reindeer Died too much to hope for?
About The Saturn Awards:
The Saturn Awards Organization is part of The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films which is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.
The organization is dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment. Over the years the Saturn Awards has expanded it’s reach to include other related genre entertainment work including action, adventure, thriller and selected dramatic work.