It’s a sad day for DC Comics fans. A beloved American actor and star of several films and television shows has passed away. Best known for “Wonder Woman,” this talented performer died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Lyle Waggoner was born in Kansas City, KS, where he started acting. After serving in the army for two years, he moved to Los Angeles, where he regularly landed roles in Hollywood.
Waggoner passed away at his home in Westlake Village, CA. Reports say that Waggoner died of cancer. He was 84 years old. He is survived by his wife, actress Sharon Kennedy, and their two sons, Jason and Beau.
Waggoner was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his passing.
Waggoner’s career really took off when he landed a role on “The Carol Burnett Show.” He spent seven years as a regular performer on the comedy sketch and variety show.
Waggoner was Playgirl magazine’s first male seminude centerfold. Get it, Lyle!
He then landed the role of Steve Trevor on the superhero television series “Wonder Woman.” He played Trevor from 1975 to 1979. According to Wikipedia,
Steve Trevor was originally introduced as an intelligence operative and officer in the United States Army Air Corps who became stranded on Wonder Woman’s homeland…He also developed a close relationship with the heroine.
Steve’s visibility in comics varied through the 1970s to the 1990s, with his character either absent or sidelined in favor of fantasy and action-adventure Wonder Woman stories without romantic interests.
It’s obvious that Lyle Waggoner made some good friends throughout his long career.
Carol Burnett, 86, who worked with Waggoner for seven years on her show, made a statement:
“He was funny, kind and multi-talented. But even more than that, a loving friend. I will miss him.”
Lynda Carter, 68, played Wonder Woman herself in the series that Waggoner participated in. Lynda Carter paid tribute to her former costar on Instagram:
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Lyle Waggoner was a memorable colleague and co-star, but he was also a friend. His kindness meant the world to me when I was very young and just starting my career. Lyle and I last spoke in 2018 and I’m so glad we had the chance to catch up. We talked about how lucky we both were to be surrounded by such wonderful family and friends. I will miss you, Lyle.
We're sad to hear of the death of #LyleWaggoner (1935–2020) — star of CAROL BURNETT, WONDER WOMAN + more in a 40-yr career
He also hosted the game show IT'S YOUR BET, appeared as a panelist on others + was a regular on variety shows like SONNY & CHERhttps://t.co/EhJBd0APjA
— getTV (@gettv) March 17, 2020
— Peter Saenz (@PeterJSaenz) March 17, 2020
— Beth Behrs (@BethBehrs) March 17, 2020
The most powerful pain relief medicine can’t take away the sting of losing someone special to you. We hope Lyle Waggoner’s many family and friends are staying strong.
You can also see Lyle Waggoner’s acting work in “Happy Days,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Golden Girls,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Naked Truth,” “That 70s Show” and much more.