Lyle Waggoner is a veteran actor and former model; most popular for appearing on The Carol Burnett Show which ran from 1967 to 1974. He also appeared as the main cast, Steve Trevor and Steve Trevor Jr., on the widely-watched TV series Wonder Woman. The TV series ran from 1975 to 1979, airing 59 episodes of which Waggoner was a part of, thus, further cementing his profile as a household name in American television. Now retired, Lyle Waggoner spends his restful old age with his wife of over 50 years, Sharon Kennedy. Read on, as we unravel more about this veteran.
Lyle Waggoner’s Age and Early Life
Lyle Waggoner was born—Lyle Wesley Waggoner—in Kansas City, Kansas, United States, on April 13, 1935; into the family of Myron and Marie Waggoner. Though born in Kansas, Waggoner spent the most part of his childhood in Excelsior Springs, Missouri where he attended elementary school and later went to Kirkwood High School. Following his graduation from high school in 1953, Waggoner enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis for a short while before joining the United States Army. While in the army, Waggoner served two years in West Germany, not at the front lines anyway but as a radio operator.
After his discharge, he wasted no time enrolling at the General Motors Institute of Technology, where he studied mechanical engineering in the junior executive program. However, history doesn’t record him working as an engineer. He sold copies of encyclopedia from door to door. Waggoner first shot at the big screens was as a muscle man in a Kansas City production of Li’l Abner. He then floated a sales promotion organization where he gathered just enough financing to fund his move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood.
Starting out, he began appearing in sci-fi films such as Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966), Swamp Country (1966), Journey to the Center of Time (1967), and Catalina Caper (1967). He also appeared in the third season of the TV series, Lost in Space. In 1973, Waggoner kicked off his modeling career when he became the first male semi-nude image to grace Playgirl’s centerfold. A year later, he left The Carol Burnett Show with the intention of landing a lead role. However, he has been seen on a few of the show’s reunion specials on TV. In 1976, jaws dropped when the local chamber of commerce appointed Waggoner “mayor” of Encino, California. However, news of his appointment raised questions as to the legitimacy of the office, seeing that mayors are elected.
The authorities, however, cleared the air on the matter stating that Waggoner’s ‘mayorship’ isn’t an executive governmental office but that of an honorary “goodwill ambassador.” Since Waggoner, a lot of “appointed mayors” has also emerged, including Fred Travalena, Ronnie Schell, Steve Allen, Mike Connors, and Cesare Danova.
Following his retirement from full-time acting, Waggoner continued making appearances on the show Star Waggons. In 1993, he was the host of the infomercial, Let’s Talk With Lyle Waggoner. A short session advertising the natural male performance booster, Y-Bron. According to the ad, Y-Bron could purportedly fix male impotence. However, things went downhill not long after that, when Scottsdale, the Arizona-based Twin Star was slammed with a fine of $1.5 million for projecting unsubstantiated claims about the product. Throughout Waggoner’s forty-year career, he appeared in no less than sixty-six films and TV shows.
What to know about his wife and sons
Lyle Waggoner has been married to consultant, actress, and realtor, Sharon Kennedy, since September 17, 1961. Their five-decade-old marriage has seen the birth of two adult sons; Beau Waggoner and Jason Waggoner. Now old and retired from the public eye, Waggoner now spends the best part of his time as a sculptor.
He and his wife reside near Jackson, Wyoming. Some of his works are being displayed at Galleries West Fine Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Asides Wyoming, the couple also has homes in Mexico, Oxnard California, Manzanillo, Colima and Westlake Village, California.
Other Facts About Lyle Waggoner
1. Net Worth
In his forty years of acting, Lyle Waggoner not only earned himself a name, but he’s also earned a lot of “bucks” from his career. As of 2019, sources reveal his net worth to be over $10 million. And why not? His appearance in the 1973 series, Love Me Deadly, earned him a share of the $18.3 million box office hit on a budget of $42,500. Asides that, Waggoner acquired a $2.1 million house in La Quinta, California.
Not long after that, he procured another luxury property. This time an oceanfront home in Mandalay Beach cost him $3.925 million. The property was later sold out for $4.495 million.
2. Height and Body Measurement
The octagenarian stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.92m). He has gray colored hair and dark-brown eyes. As of this writing, we have no tabs on his shoe, chest, biceps, and waist sizes, yet. However, we’re sure to put them all out as soon as we get the specifics.
3. Social Media Following
Asides his appearance on TV and films, Lyle Waggoner does not operate any social media accounts. He is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.