The Fall Guy
The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television program produced for ABC and originally broadcast from November 4, 1981 to May 2, 1986. It stars Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, and Heather Thomas. Majors and Barr are the only two actors to appear in all 112 episodes of the series. Thomas appeared in every episode of the show except for one in the first season.
Well, I’m not the kind to kiss and tell,
But I’ve been seen with Farrah.
I’m never been with anything less than a nine, so fine.
I’ve been on fire with Sally Field,
Gone fast with a girl named Bo,
But somehow they just don’t end up as mine.
It’s a death defyin’ life I lead,
I take my chances.
I die for a livin’ in the movies and TV.
But the hardest thing I ever do
Is watch my leadin’ ladies
Kiss some other guy while I’m bandagin’ my knee.
I might fall from a tall building,
I might roll a brand new car.
‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that made Redford such a star.
I never spend much time in school
But I taught ladies plenty.
It’s true I hire my body out for pay, Hey Hey.
I’ve gotten burned over Cheryl Tiegs,
Blown up for Raquel Welch.
But when I end up in the hay it’s only hay, Hey Hey.
I might jump an open drawbridge,
Or Tarzan from a vine.
‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine.
The theme song, “The Unknown Stuntman”, became a minor hit in the early 1980s. It was credited to Lee Majors in the pilot, but was credited to Majors’ character Colt Seavers in subsequent episodes. The lyrics include the line, “I’ve been seen with Farrah,” a reference to Majors’ ex-wife, Farrah Fawcett. See more
Colt’s truck was a Rounded-Line 1982 GMC K-2500 Wideside with the Sierra Grande equipment level package. A Rounded-Line 1980 GMC K-25 Wideside with the High Sierra equipment level package was also used. It had a 4-inch lift (Burbank Suspension seven leaf front and nine leaf rear) and 36×16.5×15 inch Dick Cepek Fun Country off-road tires mounted on a 15×10-inch chrome wagon style wheel. The truck also had a custom-made chrome roll bar mounted with 4 off-road lights, and a custom chrome grille guard mounted with 2 off-road lights and a Warn winch. One unusual characteristic was a secret compartment in the truck’s bed, which was used to stash away villains or to hide weapons.
The vehicle was painted brown and tan two-tone; it had an eagle painted on the hood with the phrase ‘Fall Guy Stuntman Association’ underneath. The truck was very often involved in high-speed chases and huge jumps. As a result, it became very popular, especially with children, and numerous toy and model versions were produced.
Lee Majors plays Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter. He uses his physical skills and knowledge of stunt effects (especially stunts involving cars or his large GMC pickup truck) to capture fugitives and criminals. He is accompanied by his cousin and stuntman-in-training Howie Munson (Barr), whom Colt frequently calls ‘Kid’, and occasionally by fellow stunt performer Jody Banks (Thomas).
During the show’s run, the stunts took their toll on the trucks (for example, one clip that appears in the opening credits clearly shows an axle breaking after a jump), so several different years, make (Chevy/GMC) and model trucks are used during the show’s initial run. As a result, there are some inconsistencies in the episodes
Theme song: The Unknown Stuntman
Original network: ABC
Colt Seavers: [narrating] This is the story of one of America’s great unsung heroes. I mean you’ve seen him, but you never knew who he was. You’ve cheered for him and cried for him and women have wanted to die for him. But did he ever get any credit, or the girl? No! He’s what we call the “Stuntman”, and the reason I’m talking so fondly about him is, well because it’s me, Colt Seavers. Anyway, picture work isn’t wall-to-wall employment, so maybe you wonder how a guy keeps his head together? Well, one way is to wait by the phone… and wait and wait. The other is to take an occasional job with the court system of the United States of America, where a man is considered innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, sometimes a lot of these people get out of jail on what we call bail and they’d run like hell!… and that’s where I come in. I sometimes pick up rent money trying to find them and bring them back to justice.
Because the show was produced by 20th Century Fox, Colt often did stunts on the Fox Studio lot.