Lyle Waggoner Bio – Wiki
Lyle Waggoner was an American actor and model, known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1974, and for playing the role of Steve Trevor and Steve Trevor Jr. on Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979.
He was born on 13 April 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas. His birth name was Lyle Wesley Waggoner. Lyle died on 17 March 2020.
He was the son of Marie (Isern) and Myron Waggoner and spent part of his childhood in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
In 1953, he graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri, and then studied briefly at Washington University in St. Louis. He then joined the United States Army, serving two years in West Germany as a radio operator.
After his discharge, Waggoner studied mechanical engineering in the junior executive program at the General Motors Institute of Technology.
He made his acting debut as a muscle man in a Kansas City production of Li’l Abner, after which he created a sales promotion organization that enabled him to make enough money to finance a trip to Los Angeles and start an acting career.
By the mid-1960s, Waggoner was appearing regularly in television and films, including an episode of Gunsmoke. He was a finalist for the title role in the TV series version of Batman but lost the role to Adam West.
In 1967, he appeared in Catalina Caper (with Tommy Kirk, a former child actor trying to restart his career as a young adult), a film which would eventually be lampooned by Mystery Science Theater 3000. He also had a minor guest-starring role in the season-three episode “Deadliest of the Species” of the TV series Lost in Space.
Waggoner was appointed “mayor” of Encino, California in 1976, by the local chamber of commerce. The “mayor” is not an actual government official; the post is an honorary “goodwill ambassador” position. In addition to Waggoner, other holders of the title include Steve Allen, Mike Connors, Fred Travalena, Ronnie Schell, and Cesare Danova.
A year after leaving Carol Burnett, Waggoner landed the role of Steve Trevor for the pilot and first season of the television series Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter. Initially set during World War II, when the subsequent two seasons advanced the timeline to the 1970s, Waggoner played Steve Trevor, Jr.
Waggoner also appeared in several TV movies and minor motion pictures during the 1970s and 1980s, often cast for “hunk” appeal. He made guest appearances on numerous television series including Charlie’s Angels, The San Pedro Beach Bums, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, The Golden Girls, Ellen, and most recently The War at Home. Waggoner also played at least three roles on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Murder, She Wrote throughout their respective runs.
In 1979, Waggoner founded Star Waggons, a company that leased customized location trailers for use by the entertainment industry. In 1990, Waggoner co-produced and appeared in a consumer-product show called Consumer America with co-host Shawn Bruner. The show featured novel national products from self-help to home goods and lasted about two seasons.
Waggoner was the host of an infomercial, “Let’s Talk With Lyle Waggoner in 1993”, which advertised “Y-Bron”, supposedly a natural product that would cure male impotence.
Wife & Children
Waggoner married to Sharon Kennedy, an actress, financial consultant, and realtor. They married in 1961 and had two sons, Jason and Beau. He resided near Jackson, Wyoming, where he was a sculptor.
Cause Of Death
Lyle Waggoner died on Tuesday at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 84. The cause was complications of cancer, his agent, Robert Malcolm, said.
In a statement released by Waggoner’s family, it was revealed that the “loving husband, father, grandfather, entrepreneur, and actor passed away peacefully at home on March 17 at the age of 84 with his wife at his side. The cause of death was cancer.”