Six Million Dollar Man Quiz

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You’ll feel like a million bucks when you ace this Six Million Dollar Man trivia quiz!

Who played Jaime Sommers?

Lindsay Wagner who portrayed Jaime Sommers, eventually became The Six Million Dollar Woman. Lynda Carter portrayed Wonder Woman who was a demigod and warrior princess of the Amazons. Linda Gray played Sue Ellen on Dallas.

Do you think The Six Million Dollar Man was just a television series? There is much more history to it than that. How did this series come about?

The first TV movie, “The Six Million Dollar Man” was adapted from Martin Caidin’s novel “Cyborg”. Martin Caidin also wrote three sequels, “Operation Nuke,” “High Crystal,” and “Cyborg IV”. “The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War” bore a strong resemblance to “Operation Nuke” The rating success of all three movies, including “The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping” helped convince TV executives the series would be a success.

Who guest-starred in the eighth episode entitled “The Rescue of Athena One”?

In the episode “The Rescue of Athena One” Farrah Fawcett guest-starred alongside her then husband Lee Majors.

What was the name of the Olympic athlete who guest-starred on The Six Million Dollar Man?

Cathy Rigby guest-starred as a Soviet athlete who Steve is asked to escort during her stay in the U.S. Cathy Rigby was the highest-scoring American gymnast in the 1968 Summer Olympics. She also is a well-known actress who portrayed the role Peter Pan for more than 30 years. She has reprised the Peter Pan role as recently as 2015.

Early episodes of the series had Austin killing villains on occasion. Soon the level of violence in the series decreased, with Austin rarely (if ever) actually killing anyone. Why?

Early episodes of the series had Austin killing villains on occasion. As it became clear that Austin was becoming a role model for kids, the level of violence in the series decreased, with Austin rarely (if ever) actually killing anyone.

The opening sequence gave us which one of these famous lines?

Here is the quote in its entirety. "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better...stronger...faster."

Which character played the Director of OSI throughout the series?

Richard Anderson portrayed Oscar Goldman, the Director of the OSI. Dr. Rudy Wells, Peggy Callahan and Oliver Spencer were all characters in the TV series. Oliver Spencer was the Director in the pilot episode only.

What could his bionic eye do?

The correct answer is all of the above. Steve Austin’s bionic eye has a telescopic zoom and microscopic lens allowing his to see far objects and small objects perfectly. His eye also lets him see in the dark and detect heat.

What has his bionic arm been compared to?

Steve's bionic right arm has the equivalent strength of a bulldozer, lifting well above 1,000 pounds.

Austin's bionic arm contains what for detecting radioactivity?

Austin’s bionic arm contained a Geiger counter to detect radiation. Although the other answers could detect radiation, he only had the Geiger counter.

One of the most memorable aspects of the TV series was the sound effects that accompanied the use of Steve Austin’s bionic powers. How did the producers indicate to viewers that Austin was running or using his bionic arm?

Sound and slow motion effects were used to help viewers know that Austin was running at high speeds or using his bionic arm.

How did the producers indicate to viewers that Austin was using his bionic eye?

The camera would zoom in on Austin's face, followed by an extreme close-up of his eye; his point of view usually included a cross-hair motif accompanied by a beeping sound-effect.

What was the major flaw in the implants?

Although the malfunction in the micro-gravity of space, was fixed later in the series.

In the very first episode, “Population: Zero” we are introduced to the vulnerabilities of the bionic implants to sub-zero temperatures. What was that episode about?

It is interesting to note that the town scenes were from the movie The Andromeda Strain.

What was the name of the secretary to Oscar Goldman?

Jennifer Darling played Peggy Callahan, the secretary to Oscar Goldman.

What did the OSI stand for?

The Office of Scientific Intelligence is where Austin received multiple surgeries to become the "Six Million Dollar Man" and also where he is employed as a secret agent.

Which character was played by several actors during the TV series?

Dr. Rudy Wells was played by Martin Balsam in the pilot, Alan Oppenheimer in season 1 and 2, and Martin E. Brooks in seasons 3-5.

Sonny Bono guest-starred on The Six Million Dollar Man. What type of character did he play?

Steve is assigned to watch rock star John Perry, Steve’s friend and former college roommate, when he is suspected of being a spy.

Erik Estrada was another guest star. What role did he portray?

Erik Estrada portrayed Prince Aram Sakari of the Arab state of Kutan.

What actor played Big Foot in the episode “Bionic Big Foot”?

Andre the Giant, an actor and professional wrestler portrayed the Bionic Big Foot. Hulk Hogan is also a professional wrestler but did not star on The Six Million Dollar Man. Lou Ferrigno and Mark Ruffalo played the Hulk.

Do you remember the episode where William Shatner guest-starred? The episode was called “Burning Bright”. What happened in it?

Steve's astronaut friend Josh Lang (William Shatner) is impaired after being exposed to an electrical field while in space. However, Lang finds himself with strange abilities from the exposure, including the ability to communicate with dolphins, but when his condition deteriorates, Steve must find him and take him to a facility before he harms himself.

Let’s not forget the special episodes that introduce who the bionic woman is, and how she becomes bionic. Do you recall how it all started?

Steve Austin buys a ranch in his hometown where he reunites and rekindles his romantic relationship with childhood friend, Jaime Sommers. Sommers is injured in a skydiving accident. With Jaime’s life in peril, Steve Austin persuades Oscar to fit her with bionics for her right arm, right ear, and both legs. The bond deepens between the two bionic humans. Steve Austin proposes marriage to Jaime Sommers, and she accepts. It is interesting to note that in this episode the soundtrack includes the song “Sweet Jaime,” sung by Lee Majors.

As quickly as Steve Austin finds happiness with his bionic woman, what happens?

However, the character was very popular, and the following season it was revealed that she had actually survived, having been saved by an experimental cryogenic procedure, and she was given her own spin-off series. How’s that for a happy ending?

In the next episode, Jamie, having been saved by an experimental cryogenic procedure is not completely back to normal. What’s wrong with her?

Jamie suffered a complete and perhaps permanent loss of memory. It is feared that if an attempt to revive Jamie's memories is made, she may suffer more pain. Again the soundtrack includes the song “Sweet Jaime,” performed by Lee Majors.

More heartbreak for Steve Austin. What happens in the subsequent episode, “The Return of the Bionic Woman: Part 2”?

The correct answer is Jamie’s return to her home town revives memories of her past life and cause her to suffer violent headaches.

Majors was the star of The Six Million Dollar Man, but what else did he do for the series?

Majors made his directorial debut in 1975, on an episode called "One of Our Running Backs Is Missing" which co-starred professional football players such as Larry Csonka and Dick Butkus.

Who did the stunt work in The Six Million Dollar Man?

According to Lee Majors, he did 90% of his own stunts. Lee Majors went on to play Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy about a Hollywood Stunt Man who moonlights as a bounty hunter. He was perfect for the part.

The characters Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers were ranked in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends". Out of 25 where did they rank?

The characters Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers (from The Bionic Woman) were ranked #19 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" in their August 2004 issue.

Martin Caidin, the author of the Cyborg novels makes an appearance as G.H. Beck, do you know what happens in the episode Caidin appears in?

Although all of the answers are actual plots that aired on the Six Million Dollar Man, Martin Caidin appears in the episode where Steve becomes a target when the test satellite he is working with is needed to gain control of a missile which will eventually be sold to another country. Somewhat similar to Caidin’s “Operation Nuke” which describes how country’s manage their nuclear weapons.

Between what years did The Six Million Dollar Man air?

The Six Million Dollar Man aired five seasons from 1974 to 1978.

What happened to The Six Million Dollar Man after the series ended?

The series became an international success, being screened in over 70 countries, turning Majors into a pop icon.

Steve Austin with his reconstructed limbs could run how fast?

Due to different types of rifles and guns, we can’t tell you how fast a speeding bullet can travel, but the answers we found were much more than 100 mph. Steve's legs allow him to run over 60 mph (the highest speed ever shown in the series on a speed gauge is between 66 and 70 mph.)

In the series, NASA astronaut Steve Austin is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. What is a lifting body aircraft?

Lifting bodies were a major area of research in the 1960s and 70s as a means to build a small and lightweight manned spacecraft. The construction includes a fixed-wing or no wing aircraft or spacecraft in which the body itself produces lift. This type of aircraft generally minimizes the drag and structure of a wing for subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic flight, or spacecraft re-entry.

Given the TV show was an international sensation, what kind of merchandise did it inspire?

Parker Brothers developed two board games ("The Six Million Dollar Man", "Bionic Crisis"), and other licensed merchandise including everything from lunch boxes and running shoes to children's eyeglasses and bed sheets with the image of Steve Austin. Now you never have to be without your dose of The Six Million Dollar Man!

A horrible accident, a life-altering surgery, and one very expensive superhuman, add up to a memorable intro. What was the challenge in creating the opening sequence for the Six Million Dollar Man?

In just under 90 seconds, the opening had to recount not only how Austin became a cyborg, but it also had to communicate the very nature of bionics to an audience who, at the time, was largely unfamiliar with the concept. The actual crash was not a special effect, but an assembly of footage from Bruce Peterson’s crash as well as crashes by the HL-10.

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