Lee Majors gives kudos to Andre the Giant for his work on classic Six Million Dollar Man TV show

Prior to the November 23, 2010 shipping of the 40 disc DVD collection of all 5 seasons of the 1970s Six Million Dollar Man TV series, including the TV movies that preceded and followed the series, comes a Vanity Fair interview with actor Lee Majors. In that interview, he credited Andre the Giant’s work as Big Foot on the series.

And then a few seasons later, you’re having slow-motion fights with Andre the Giant in a Bigfoot costume.

[Laughs.] That’s right, yeah. Everybody brings up Bigfoot.

Does that piss you off?

No, no. Not at all. It was a great part of the show. And I loved working with Andre. He was really a gentle giant. Such a sweetheart. I remember doing a fight with him, he’d pick me up and throw me like 10 yards. And then he was supposed to come after me, jump up in the air, and land right on top of me.

Didn’t he weigh something like 500 pounds?

I think so. I distinctly remember laying there on the ground and I’ve got the sun in my eyes. I know he’s running towards me but I can’t see anything. And then this big cloud appears over me, just blocks out the sun, and I know it’s him crashing down on me. I flinch, waiting for the crush. But you know what? The guy never touched me. It looked so realistic on the show, but I didn’t feel a thing. That’s what you get with a professional wrestler. He knew what he was doing. It takes more talent to jump on somebody without hurting them than it does to actually break their ribs.

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Source: Vanity Fair