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'Carol Burnett Show' Star Lyle Waggoner Dies at 84

Published Thu Mar 19 2020 By Matthew
'Carol Burnett Show' Star Lyle Waggoner Dies at 84

The original ‘Steve Trevor’ from the 1975 ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series and the founder of Star Waggons, Lyle Waggoner, passed away at the age of 84! 

Amid all the chaos, one more grave news pops out. Lyle Waggoner, the actor, known for starring on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ died Tuesday at age 84. Waggoner first made a name for himself in the industry as both a voice and a sketch performer on ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’ He later went on to star in one of the most landmark roles in the DC superhero universe as ‘Steve Trevor’ playing opposite Lynda Carter in the 1975 ‘Wonder Woman’ TV series.

Lyle passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer surrounded by his family at the Westlake Village, California home, as confirmed by his agent Robert Malcolm. After landing a guest role on ‘Gunsmoke’ in the mid-60s, Waggoner’s career took off across the TV universe. He came very close to landing the title role in the most iconic ‘Batman’ TV series yet fell short as he lost the position to Adam West. Nevertheless, come 1975, he landed another role associating to the DC comic universe and was known as the ‘Steve Trevor’ of the 1970s ever since.

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After losing the title role to Adam West, Lyle proved his worth in the acting profession with a 7-year stint on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ playing various characters on the legendary sketch comedy and variety show. The heartthrob of his time, Lyle, not only portrayed similar characteristics in the show but also became the first male seminude centerfold for Playgirl magazine in 1973.

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Over the seven years, from 1967 to 1974, Waggoner appeared in over 170 episodes of the show, lending his voice to various characters and appearing as an announcer. With the first acting credit in the 1966 episode of ‘Gunsmoke,’ on which he played a role named 'Aikens,' Lyle also appeared in an episode of the original ‘Lost in Space’ series, ‘The Barbara Eden Show,’ and ‘The ABC Comedy Hour’ before landing on ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’

Lyle Waggoner appeared on 'The Carol Burnett Show' from 1967 to 1975.

Lyle Waggoner appeared on 'The Carol Burnett Show' from 1967 to 1975.
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Playing his part in multiple projects after that like on the TV series ‘Maude,’ a few episodes of ‘The Love Boat’ as well as the TV movie ‘The Love Boat II,’ and a chapter of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Mork & Mindy’, the actor took some time off from the acting career to venture into the financial field. Thus his trailer-leasing business called Star Waggons was born. The company leased customized location trailers for use by the entertainment industry.

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Waggoner did return to the acting business to give out what would become his final credit in the entertainment industry as he appeared in an episode of ‘The War at Home’ in 2005. He is now survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon Kennedy, and his sons Jason and Beau. Lyle’s co-star from ‘Wonder Woman,’ Lynda Carter tweeted a tribute to him, praising his kindness early in her career.

Lyle Waggoner accomplished what very few people could during his lifetime, and even though he is no more, his legacy lives on from all of his works that he left behind.

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