History Trivia / TheSixMillionDollarMan

19th Mar '17 8:52:37 PM skidoo23
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In the spring of 1975, the two-part episode "The Bionic Woman" introduced Jaime Sommers. ExecutiveMeddling transpired: the network did not want Austin tied to an ongoing love interest, so the producers were forced to kill off Jaime in her first appearance. Adding insult to injury, the two-parter was originally to have ended the season, but was moved back as it was felt too much a DownerEnding for the year. Instead, the season ended with a run-of-the-mill episode that featured Austin romancing ''another'' woman. Where Real Life comes in is the network misjudged how popular the Steve-Jaime pairing was, and popular demand was so strong, the planned opening of the next season was changed to a two-parter in which Jaime was miraculously brought back to life (and a spin-off series was quickly commissioned too).
12th Mar '17 2:11:38 PM nombretomado
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** ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' featured a recurring "Six Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man" sketch, with a shot-for-shot parody of the opening credits (from Steve Awesome being involved in a skateboarding accident, to rebuilding him to be "Better. Stronger. More fun at parties"). As a bonus, it was narrated by a young MorganFreeman! Notable also for being a contemporary parody of the series.

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** ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' featured a recurring "Six Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man" sketch, with a shot-for-shot parody of the opening credits (from Steve Awesome being involved in a skateboarding accident, to rebuilding him to be "Better. Stronger. More fun at parties"). As a bonus, it was narrated by a young MorganFreeman! Creator/MorganFreeman! Notable also for being a contemporary parody of the series.
10th Dec '16 5:05:33 PM JamesAustin
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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Probably the closest RealLife has come to the shocking discovery of a WaxMuseumMorgue happened when a film crew for ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' started rearranging the props in a Long Beach funhouse for a scene they were shooting. Turns out that what the funhouse's owner had believed to be a mannequin was actually a real cadaver: that of Elmer [=McCurdy=], an Oklahoma outlaw shot in 1911. [=McCurdy=]'s corpse had been embalmed and put on display in sideshows, haunted houses and, yes, wax museums for decades, passing from one owner to the next. Its status as the genuine article was eventually forgotten, until its arm broke off in a crew member's hand. [=McCurdy=] was returned to Guthrie, Oklahoma and buried in a Boot Hill cemetery there, under two tons of concrete by order of the state medical examiner so that his remains would no longer be exploited.
* MarketBasedTitle: In the French dub, the title became ''L'homme qui valait trois milliards'' ("The man who was worth three billions") as 6 million dollars was roughly 3 billion Old Francs.

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Probably the closest RealLife has come to the shocking discovery of a WaxMuseumMorgue happened when a film crew for ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' started rearranging the props in a Long Beach funhouse for a scene they were shooting. Turns out that what the funhouse's owner had believed to be a mannequin was actually a real cadaver: that of Elmer [=McCurdy=], an Oklahoma outlaw shot in 1911. [=McCurdy=]'s corpse had been embalmed and put on display in sideshows, haunted houses and, yes, wax museums for decades, passing from one owner to the next. Its status as the genuine article was eventually forgotten, until its arm broke off in a crew member's hand. [=McCurdy=] was returned to Guthrie, Oklahoma and buried in a Boot Hill cemetery there, under two tons of concrete by order of the state medical examiner so that his remains would no longer be exploited.
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In the French dub, the title became ''L'homme qui valait trois milliards'' ("The man who was worth three billions") as 6 million dollars was roughly 3 billion Old Francs.Francs.
** In Latin America, the title became ''El hombre nuclear'' ("The Nuclear Man").



** Barney Miller, before he became Barney Hiller.
** Steve Austin himself is likely not to be confused with [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin a certain beer-swilling bad ass wrestler]].

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** Barney Miller, Series/BarneyMiller, before he became Barney Hiller.
** Steve Austin himself is likely not to be confused with [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin a certain beer-swilling bad ass badass wrestler]].


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* Probably the closest RealLife has come to the shocking discovery of a WaxMuseumMorgue happened when a film crew for ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' started rearranging the props in a Long Beach funhouse for a scene they were shooting. Turns out that what the funhouse's owner had believed to be a mannequin was actually a real cadaver: that of Elmer [=McCurdy=], an Oklahoma outlaw shot in 1911. [=McCurdy=]'s corpse had been embalmed and put on display in sideshows, haunted houses and, yes, wax museums for decades, passing from one owner to the next. Its status as the genuine article was eventually forgotten, until its arm broke off in a crew member's hand. [=McCurdy=] was returned to Guthrie, Oklahoma and buried in a Boot Hill cemetery there, under two tons of concrete by order of the state medical examiner so that his remains would no longer be exploited.
29th Aug '16 9:54:31 AM dsneybuf
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** The original ''[[Series/TheElectricCompany Electric Comapny]]'' series featured a recurring "Six Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man" sketch, with a shot-for-shot parody of the opening credits (from Steve Awesome being involved in a skateboarding accident, to rebuilding him to be "Better. Stronger. More fun at parties"). As a bonus, it was narrated by a young MorganFreeman! Notable also for being a contemporary parody of the series.

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** The original ''[[Series/TheElectricCompany Electric Comapny]]'' series ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' featured a recurring "Six Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man" sketch, with a shot-for-shot parody of the opening credits (from Steve Awesome being involved in a skateboarding accident, to rebuilding him to be "Better. Stronger. More fun at parties"). As a bonus, it was narrated by a young MorganFreeman! Notable also for being a contemporary parody of the series.
7th Aug '16 4:20:07 PM siberia82
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* ReferencedBy: When Quicksilver is talking to his mother in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', his T-shirt has a cartoon print of ''The Six Million Dollar Man''.
21st Jul '16 11:44:53 AM skidoo23
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* TheOtherDarrin: No less than three actors play Dr. Rudy Wells during the series, with Martin Balsam playing the role in the original pilot TV movie, Alan Oppenheimer in the other two pre-series movies and then the first two regular seasons, and Martin E. Brooks for the remainder. However after Brooks had joined the series, Oppenheimer was brought back to play Rudy for a single Season 3 episode, "The Bionic Criminal". The reason for this is that it was a sequel to an earlier episode that the need to include flashbacks required that Oppenheimer be brought back for consistency.

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* TheOtherDarrin: No less than three actors play Dr. Rudy Wells during the series, with Martin Balsam playing the role in the original pilot TV movie, Alan Oppenheimer in the other two pre-series movies and then the first two regular seasons, and Martin E. Brooks for the remainder. However after Brooks had joined the series, Oppenheimer was brought back to play Rudy for a single Season 3 episode, "The Bionic Criminal". The reason for this is that it was a sequel to an earlier episode that the need to include flashbacks required that Oppenheimer be brought back for consistency. Balsam also reprised the role in order to provide narration for the reedited syndicated version of the original TV movie.
27th Apr '16 12:05:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy
** Wrestling fans likely did that when they realized it was Andre the Giant under the Bigfoot costume.
** Who would of have known that [[Anime/TenchiMuyo Ayeka]] was once a secretary?
** Sandra Bullock in an early role as the "new" bionic woman in the 1989 TV reunion movie ''Bionic Showdown''.
** Also in ''Bionic Showdown'' [[Series/ForeverKnight Nick Knight]] is an OSI agent. [[spoiler:And a bionic [[TheMole double-agent!]]]]
13th Jan '16 7:48:35 PM ultimomant
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** Steve Austin himself is likely not to be confused with [[StoneColdSteveAustin a certain beer-swilling bad ass wrestler]].

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** Steve Austin himself is likely not to be confused with [[StoneColdSteveAustin [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin a certain beer-swilling bad ass wrestler]].
27th Dec '15 2:15:15 PM nombretomado
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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Probably the closest RealLife has come to the shocking discovery of a WaxMuseumMorgue happened when a film crew for ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' started rearranging the props in a Long Beach funhouse for a scene they were shooting. Turns out that what the funhouse's owner had believed to be a mannequin was actually a real cadaver: that of Elmer [=McCurdy=], an Oklahoma outlaw shot in 1911. [=McCurdy=]'s corpse had been embalmed and put on display in sideshows, haunted houses and, yes, wax museums for decades, passing from one owner to the next. Its status as the genuine article was eventually forgotten, until its arm broke off in a crew member's hand. [=McCurdy=] was returned to Guthrie, Oklahoma and buried in a Boot Hill cemetery there, under two tons of concrete by order of the state medical examiner so that his remains would no longer be exploited.

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Probably the closest RealLife has come to the shocking discovery of a WaxMuseumMorgue happened when a film crew for ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' started rearranging the props in a Long Beach funhouse for a scene they were shooting. Turns out that what the funhouse's owner had believed to be a mannequin was actually a real cadaver: that of Elmer [=McCurdy=], an Oklahoma outlaw shot in 1911. [=McCurdy=]'s corpse had been embalmed and put on display in sideshows, haunted houses and, yes, wax museums for decades, passing from one owner to the next. Its status as the genuine article was eventually forgotten, until its arm broke off in a crew member's hand. [=McCurdy=] was returned to Guthrie, Oklahoma and buried in a Boot Hill cemetery there, under two tons of concrete by order of the state medical examiner so that his remains would no longer be exploited.
14th Nov '15 5:32:04 AM Medinoc
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* MarketBasedTitle: In the French dub, the title became ''L'homme qui valait trois milliards'' ("The man who was worth three billions") as 6 million dollars was roughly 3 billion Old Francs.
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