Lyle Wesley Waggoner was born on 13 April 1935, in Kansas City, Kansas USA, and is an actor and former model, perhaps still best known for his work in “The Carol Burnett Show” which ran from 1967 to 1974, and also as part of the series “Wonder Woman” from 1975 to 1979.
The Net Worth of Lyle Waggoner
How rich is Lyle Waggoner? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $10 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. He’s also appeared in numerous films throughout his career, but all of his endeavors helped put his net worth to where it is today.
Early Life and Education
Lyle actually spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where he attended Kirkwood High School and matriculated in 1954, then briefly going to Washington University in St. Louis, leaving school to join the US Army, and serving two years as a radio operator in West Germany.
After he was discharged from the military, he returned to studying, taking up mechanical engineering and studying in the junior executive program at the General Motors Institute of Technology. He also worked as a door-to-door salesman before discovering his passion for acting, and making his debut in a production of “Li’l Abner”. He earned enough money to move to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, starting his long acting career by making regular appearances in support roles on television and in films. He even had the chance to take the title role in the television series “Batman”, but lost out to Adam West.
Lyle Waggoner of CAROL BURNETT fame did this sleaze necrophilia film LOVE ME DEADLY (1973) with Mary Wilcox when he was a struggling actor pic.twitter.com/vhZrNA9Jqh
After appearing in a few films and as a guest in several television series, Waggoner joined the cast of “The Carol Burnett Show”, which is a variety and sketch comedy show, as both an announcer and a performer. He stayed with the show for seven years, then leaving in hopes of finding more roles as a lead actor. Also around this time, he appeared as the first semi-nude centerfold for Playgirl Magazine.
He subsequently landed the lead role of pilot Steve Trevor for the first season of the show “Wonder Woman”, starring Lynda Carter. The show was initially set during World War II, and later on would advance to the 1970s with Waggoner playing Steve Trevor, Jr. From the 1970s up to the 1980s, he appeared in many television series as a guest, including “Charlie’s Angels”, “Mork & Mindy”, “Ellen”, “The War at Home”, and “The San Pedro Beach Bums”. He also had multiple roles in series such as “Fantasy Island”, and “Murder, She Wrote”.
In 1979, Lyle founded the customizing location trailers company called Star Waggons, which was mainly used for the entertainment industry. He would start working mainly behind the scenes, with his acting work declining. He also co-produced a consumer product show entitled “Consumer America”, which focused on novel national products during the show’s two seasons. With this success, he retired from full-time acting to run his business, but still made occasional guest appearances, often as a parody of himself in shows such as “That ‘70s Show” and “The Naked Truth”.
In 1993, he became the host of the infomercial entitled “Let’s Talk With Lyle Waggoner” which produced and promoted a supposed cure for impotence in males; he was later fined $1.5 million for promoting the product. A few of his last appearances include the 2003 television film “Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt” which he narrated, and he also appeared in a 2005 episode of “The War at Home”, before becoming inactive as an actor.
Personal Life and Marriage
It is known that Waggoner is married to actress Sharon Kennedy, who is also a realtor and a financial consultant. The couple got married in 1961 and they have two children together; he resides with his family at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and also has homes in other locations such as Westlake Village, California, and Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.
During his free time, Waggoner pursues a passion in art, and works as a sculptor – some of his works can be seen in galleries located in Jackson Hole, and Lander, Wyoming, located in the galleries West Fine Art and Eagle Bronze. His art is usually typified by humorous renditions of women.