Lyle Waggoner, 'The Carol Burnett Show' star, dead at 84

Lawrence Kim
March 20, 2020

"Lyle Waggoner was a memorable colleague and co-star, but he was also a friend". He proved so adept that he eventually became a regular cast member.

He built a behind-the-scenes business that provides custom trailers that keep stars comfortable during production breaks.

"I received a great deal of media attention from Wonder Woman as well as other things that are fringe benefits for an actor and what, again, I feel actors should be thankful for and not irritated by", Waggoner continued during the above-mentioned interview. In 1973 he was the centerfold model for the first issue of Playgirl magazine.

What made Waggoner's Steve stand out in Wonder Woman, in either iteration of the character, was that he was both the atypical male action hero, running headfirst into danger to try and help his superheroic ally, and also, paradoxically, Wonder Woman's own damsel-in-distress. Wonder Woman joined him on his return to the United States, where she mostly fought Nazi agents with her secret powers while posing as Steve's secretary.

Carter once again played Diana, and Waggoner played his original character's son, Steve Trevor Jr., an agent of a US intelligence organization that turns to Diana for help.

And soon after his Wonder woman co-star Lynda Carter shared a heartbreaking message to Instagram along with a photo of them on the hit show that aired from 1975 until 1979. The series ended in 1979 and Waggoner focused on his rental company, with acting jobs on the side.

See more on stars we've recently lost in the video below. When Waggoner asked the studio if they would rent a motor home from him, he bought one and started charging for it. Former President Bill Clinton even took advantage of the service during his 1996 visit to California.

Waggoner was a frequent guest star on '70s and '80s TV shows, appearing on Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and The Golden Girls.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon; his two sons, Jason and Beau; and his four beloved grandchildren.

"It was Carl Reiner's suggestion that we get a hunk of an announcer", Burnett told The Los Angeles Times in 2015, when a collection of the show's early episodes was released on DVD.

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