No! Not my Lyle! My perennial ’70s Daddy dream crush Lyle Waggoner, who was SO funny on The Carol Burnett Show and SO perfect for Wonder Woman on her show in the ’70s, passed away this week from complications of cancer at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 84.
Lyle got his big break on The Carol Burnett Show, which started in 1967. He was there until he made the leap to CBS’s Wonder Woman in 1975, playing the dashing Colonel Steve Trevor and later, Steve Trevor Jr (when the series time-jumped 30 years into the future).
Along the way, there were also many Love Boats and Fantasy Island and Supertrain and Murder, She Wrote appearances throughout the ’70s and ’80s that always left little gayboi tween James St James feeling raaaather squirmy. And who could forget: He was the centerfold model for the first issue of Playgirl magazine… which I heard about but never got to see and DROVE ME BONKERS FOR YEARS!
Here it is, below. (Worth the 47 year wait).
Lyle Wesley Waggoner was born on April 13, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan., to Marie (Isern) and Myron Waggoner. His father worked for the Southwestern Bell telephone company. He will be missed.
(Playgirl and GIPH via BoyVulture; photos: Avalon)
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.— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) March 18, 2020
I will miss you, Lyle. pic.twitter.com/l1O1XOlzJJ