Friday, April 12, 2024

RIP: “Carol Burnett Show” Star Lyle Waggoner Dies at Age 84, Also Starred in TV’s “Wonder Woman”


Lyle Waggoner, star of “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Wonder Woman” in the 1970s and 80s, has died age 84.

Waggoner was cast on the Burnett as the handsome but often clueless leading man caught in comic situations. On “Wonder Woman” he was straight arrow Steve Trevor.

A native of Kansas City and St. Louis, Waggoner spent his retirement years as a sculptor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He appeared in several TV shows before Burnett, but when he arrived there, it was magic. He and the cast — Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence — gelled into a perfect comedy ensemble. The rest was history.

 Waggoner once even tested for Adam West’s role as Batman/Bruce Wayne:



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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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