Lyle Waggoner Passes Away at Age 84


The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman Actor Lyle Waggoner Passed Away

Variety reported Thursday that Lyle Waggoner, famous for his roles on The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman, passed away March 17. He was 84 years old and the cause of death was cancer. The family released a statement. They assured that he “passed away peacefully at home…with his wife at his side.”

Lyle Waggoner on Carol Burnett

Lyle Waggoner
Lyle Waggoner

Waggoner was perhaps best known for his role on The Carol Burnett Show. He typically played a good-looking guy. In fact, when Burnett took questions at the start of her shows, many audience members just wanted a hug from him. He started on the show as an announcer. Eventually, he made his way into sketches. Some famous ones include a Nazi interrogation, playing Olympian Mark Spitz (opposite Burnett as Charo), and the alien called Jolly Green Thing. He was with the show from 1967 through 1974. In 2017, he returned for CBS’s 50th anniversary special.

Waggoner’s Other Work

Lyle Waggoner was not just a sketch comic. His first role was actually in Gunsmoke in 1966. He guest-starred in several classics of the ’60s and ’70s, such as Lost in Space, The Barbara Eden Show, and Maude.

In his post-Burnett career, he landed the role of Colonel Steve Trevor Jr. on Wonder Woman. He played the colonel for four years. But he didn’t stop there. He went on to appear in many more excellent shows, including Charlie’s Angels, The Golden Girls, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, and Ellen. He even appeared on That ’70s Show and The Naked Truth as himself. In 2005, he played his last role, in The War at Home.

His good looks got him some print work as well. In 1973, he was the first male centerfold in Playgirl.

His Legacy

Waggoner extended his career beyond acting in the late 1970s. He launched Star Waggons, a company that leases custom trailers to studios and production companies for work on locations.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon (married 60 years!), his two sons, and four grandchildren. Services are yet to be announced.

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