But I was still hoping to be able to coach and teach.
I started out wanting to coach football.
I have done a series in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
I've had disappointments and heartbreaks and setbacks and roles I didn't get, but something always came along that either made me better or was an even better role.
My fiancee and I recently eloped. We went on a fabulous honeymoon to Europe, and I was able to see and do everything I wanted without worrying about taking it easy.
Doing a series, every week you work with a new star.
I learn the whole script before I show up.
I have twin boys, 12, and a daughter, 17.
Even when I was young, playing college football, and I injured my knee, I bounced right back.
And about in the late '80s, I got kind of burned out a little bit.
I worked for the recreation and parks department for a year.
I got kind of burned out, so I moved to Florida. I was down there for 10 or 12 years, raising children.
Later on, I did some training with a lady there in L.A., and then I went in to get an agent and saw this really good one, Dick Clayton.
I just turned 66, and I'm starting to work again.
I've never seen a schedule where you just go in two hours almost every day of the week and then all day on one day. Then you shoot it at night with an audience and you're out of there.
Knee replacement is serious stuff. And it actually could have made me worse.
So it's like starting over again, but I look forward to the challenge.
The Six Million Dollar Man was one thing, but I wanted to keep my own parts.
I'm from Middlesboro, Ky., a little town on the Tennessee and Virginia border.
I had no idea how big the show was at the time we were doing it because I was always working.
I thought I'd gone to heaven, because I grew up watching Roy and Gene Autry.
I think I've got one more series in me, and I don't care what it is.
Then I got a bad back injury, and they thought I wasn't going to have any feeling in my legs.
I figured my body always would be able to repair itself. I think all of us believe that - until you begin to age and get hit with deteriorating joints.
It's being in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of your opportunities.
I've never minded my kids watching any of the series I did. That's important to me.
Acting is a tough business, and the percentage of people who make it is very low - it's about 1 percent.
For 40 years, I put my body through a tremendous amount of work.
I did a few more plays, and then I went to L.A., because I knew I could get a coaching job there.
I also had a wonderful relationship with Paul Newman, and with Steve McQueen. He was one of my all-time favorites, but I never got to work with him.
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