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Wonder Woman, Carol Burnett Show actor Lyle Waggoner dies at age 84


Wonder Woman actor Lyle Waggoner, who was also on The Carol Burnett Show for seven years and worked on Fantasy Island, dies at age 84

  • The star was surrounded by his family as he ‘died peacefully at his home’
  • Lyle passed on Tuesday morning after a battling an illness, according to TMZ 
  • He had a long run on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 until 1974 
  • Then was a fixture on Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter from 1975 until 1979
  • And the actor started a trailer business for Hollywood called Star Waggons
  • Burnett said: ‘He was funny, kind and multi-talented. But even more than that, a loving friend. I will miss him’ 

One of the great staples on TV in the 1960s through the 1980s, Lyle Waggoner, has died at the age of 84.

The handsome star was surrounded by his family as he ‘died peacefully at his home Tuesday morning after a battling an illness,’ according to TMZ.

The Kansas native had a long run on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 until 1974 then was a fixture on Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter from 1975 until 1979.

Gone too soon! Lyle Waggoner, who co-starred with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman in the 1970s, died at the age of 84; seen in 1976

Gone too soon! Lyle Waggoner, who co-starred with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman in the 1970s, died at the age of 84; seen in 1976

A handsome boss: In 1975 he was cast as Major Steve Trevor opposite Carter's Wonder Woman. He played the boss to her alter ego Diana Prince

A handsome boss: In 1975 he was cast as Major Steve Trevor opposite Carter’s Wonder Woman. He played the boss to her alter ego Diana Prince

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Soon after a tribute from Burnett was shared with the site: ‘He was funny, kind and multi-talented. But even more than that, a loving friend. I will miss him.’

Lyle found it easy to get work in Hollywood thanks to his movie star good looks and impressive 6ft4in frame.

His first job was in 1966 as Aikens on the TV series Gunsmoke. And then he was up for the part of Batman on the TV series but lost it to Adam West.

He had roles on the hit TV series Lost In Space and Marcus Welby MD before landing a part as a team player on The Carol Burnett Show where he thrived for seven years.

The top show of the day: In a scene from The Carol Burnett Show, Steve Lawrence (right), as a TV show host, interviews Charo (portrayed by Burnett) and Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz (Waggoner) in 1972

The top show of the day: In a scene from The Carol Burnett Show, Steve Lawrence (right), as a TV show host, interviews Charo (portrayed by Burnett) and Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz (Waggoner) in 1972

He had a way with the ladies: Lyle seen Zsa Zsa Gabor on Supertrain in 1979

He had a way with the ladies: Lyle seen Zsa Zsa Gabor on Supertrain in 1979

Always looking good: He was on the Happy days episode Dreams Can Come True in 1980 with Marion Ross, Scott Baio, Al Molinaro, Erin Moran, Lynda Goodfriend, Henry Winkler

Always looking good: He was on the Happy days episode Dreams Can Come True in 1980 with Marion Ross, Scott Baio, Al Molinaro, Erin Moran, Lynda Goodfriend, Henry Winkler

Some of his most famous characters were in The Old Folks skit and he also did many fake commercials. Lyle also served as an announcer for the show.

He bounced around from The Love Boat II movie in 1977 to a role on the classic TV series Maude, and then in 1975 was cast as Major Steve Trevor opposite Carter’s Wonder Woman.

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The show was an instant hit, even when it switched from WWII to the 1970s.

The funny man: On Mork & Mindy with Robin Williams, right, in 1981

A good set for him: The tall actor often appeared on The Love Boat; seen with Richard Kline, Jennifer Salt

A good set for him: The tall actor often appeared on The Love Boat; seen with Richard Kline, Jennifer Salt

It was back to guest starring roles after that as he appeared on Charlie’s Angels, Mork & Mindy and The Love Boat.

With wife Sharon Kennedy in Beverly Hills in 1991

With wife Sharon Kennedy in Beverly Hills in 1991

In 1982 he had a recurring role on Romance Theatre.

Three episodes of Fantasy Island followed as did Happy Days, Hardcastle And McCormick and Simon & Simon.

In the 1990s he worked on several movies including Gypsy Angels (1990) and Dead Women in Lingerie (1991).

His last gig was on the TV series war At Home in 2005.

Lyle had been married to Sharon Kennedy since 1960. He had two children: Beau and Jason. 

The actor was also a businessman as he started Star Waggons which provides customized trailers for movies, TV shows and commercials.

The company has around 800 trailers and revenues are about $17M annually. 

Still a sharp dresser: One of his last events was the Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2018 at Hilton Parsippany in 2018 New Jersey

Still a sharp dresser: One of his last events was the Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2018 at Hilton Parsippany in 2018 New Jersey



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