Apr. 13th, 1935
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Lyle Waggoner's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1991 - Wizards of the Demon Sword
1984 - Surf II
1967 - Catalina Caper
1967 - Journey to the Center of Time
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Tucker Martin
Mechanical Man I
This 60s and 70s TV heartthrob was the proverbial tall, dark and classically handsome actor. Completing the solid package was a great, muscular build, smooth charm, a perfect set of teeth and a marvelously resonant voice. Born in 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Lyle Waggoner certainly paid his dues before being handed his breakthrough as the suave announcer on "The Carol Burnett Show" (1967) in the late 60s. The one-time peddler of encyclopedias door-to-door, prior to his prime TV job, appeared in poorly-made sci-fi and beach party flicks with such dubious titles as Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966), Swamp Country (1966), Journey to the Center of Time (1967) and Catalina Caper (1967).
In time, Burnett discovered more than just a gorgeous hunk who gave a good voice and began to incorporate Waggoner into the show as a comedy sketch partner along with the other regulars Vicki Lawrence and Harvey Korman. A game, good-natured ensemble player who showed fine comedy instincts, he prove quite sound as a dreamy, straight-man foil to the ogling Burnett. His better scenes typically had him essaying the superficial cad or gleamy-toothed, self-important star. After seven seasons on the knockabout variety show, however, Waggoner felt like a "third banana" and yearned to take a chance on solo stardom. During his off times, he had prepared himself by appearing in summer stock and/or dinner theater in such breezy assignments as "Boeing, Boeing", "Send Me No Flowers" and "Once More, with Feeling". He also hosted a syndicated quiz show entitled "It's Your Bet" (1969) and earned added "exposure" as Playgirl Magazine's first semi-nude centerfold in 1973. Not long after his departure from the Burnett show, he landed the role of Major Steve Trevor on the popular comic strip-based series "Wonder Woman" (1976) playing the dashing, no-nonsense boss to Lynda Carter. Again, the challenge was not there and he remained on the periphery while Carter amply displayed her superhuman talents for three seasons. In later years, Waggoner became more personality than performer and only sporadically appeared in glossy mini-movies and TV episodes, and even less so in feature films (Love Me Deadly (1973), Surf II (1984) and Wizards of the Demon Sword (1991) to name a few). None of his roles carried much weight. Perhaps surmising that he was undone by being too perfect a specimen, he wisely looked into business ventures and, in 1979, successfully started up "Star Waggons" which served film/TV companies with rental trailers. His charming, vainglorious romancer act has obviously been for the cameras only. The former Hollywood ladies' man has been married only once, to wife Sharon Kennedy, an actress as well as a financial consultant and Realtor. The couple have been wed for well over 40 years and have two sons. Still good-looking and fit at age 70+, he enjoys homes in both California and Wyoming.
- Lyle is the owner of STAR WAGGONS INC., the largest supplier of studio location rental trailers in the entertainment industry.
- Lyle has homes in Westlake Village CA, Manzanillo Mexico and Jackson Hole Wyoming
- Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne on the 1960s TV series _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv), but he lost the role to 'Adam West (I)' (qv).
- Has two sons, Jason and Beau.
- Was elected Mayor of Encino, California in 1976.
- Son, 'Jason Waggoner' (qv), won "Today Throws a Wedding" on _"Today" (1952)_ (qv) on September, 2006.
- In 1974, he left _"The Carol Burnett Show" (1967)_ (qv) under mutual agreement with the producer.
- Was the first Playgirl centerfold in June, 1973.
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