Lyle Waggoner

Active - 1965 - 2003  |   Born - Apr 13, 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas, United States  |   Died - Mar 17, 2020   |   Genres - Comedy, Adventure, Mystery, Action, Science Fiction

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Tall, dark-haired, and ruggedly handsome, Lyle Waggoner is best known for being the announcer and later a regular skit player on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1974. Waggoner then went on to play Steve Trevor in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (1975). Prior to his television work, Waggoner made his feature film debut with a bit part in Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966). With looks to spare, he good-naturedly posed in the altogether for Playgirl magazine in the mid-'70s. After Wonder Woman was canceled, Waggoner only occasionally appeared in television movies and even less frequently in feature films.

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  • Once studied mechanical engineering at General Motors Institute and later sold encylopedias door-to-door.
  • Was one of the finalists for the lead in the 1960s TV series Batman.
  • Was a regular on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1974.
  • Was Playgirl magazine's first centerfold.
  • In Stanley Ralph Ross' pilot script for TV's Wonder Woman, he described the Steve Trevor character as "a Lyle Waggoner-type," so producers hired Waggoner for the role.
  • Guest starred on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Murder, She Wrote three times each.
  • Founder of Star Waggons, a company that provides custom location trailers to the entertainment industry.