''Six Million Dollar'' Lee Majors sues for profits. The star of the '70s action series accuses Universal of violating a contract

By Brian Hiatt
Updated January 24, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

The Six Million Dollar Man wants more money. Lee Majors, who played the bionic, slo-mo-leaping hero of the ’70s TV show, is suing Universal Television Group for allegedly shortchanging him on profits, Reuters reported. Majors accuses the studio of failing to adhere to a deal that entitled him to 15 percent of net profits, according to Reuters. The studio told the wire service that it doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.

Majors’ suit challenges the accuracy of Universal’s accounting, and alleges that they never paid him any money under the profit-sharing deal. It’s not clear why Majors waited so many years to file suit, though perhaps his accountants work in slow motion, too.

Though his show left the air in 1978, Majors last appeared as the super-powered Steve Austin in the 1994 TV movie ”Bionic Ever After.” The show saw a happy ending for the character: he married Lindsay Wagner’s Bionic Woman. In real life, Majors had to settle for Farrah Fawcett, to whom he was married from 1973 to 1979.