Lyle Waggoner, star of multiple television series of the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 84.
Waggoner came to fame after starring on The Carol Burnett Show for seven seasons. He then moved on to star as multiple versions of Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman television series. He was also a finalist for the role of Batman in the 1960s television series, a role that famously went to Adam West.
As a well-known actor in the 1970s, he also made the usual appearances on The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.
In 1979, he launched a company called Star Waggons that leases customized trailers for television and movie productions. “When I was on Wonder Woman, [the producers] gave me a very nice motor home they had rented from some private owner in the Valley,” Waggoner told Los Angeles magazine. “I said, ‘Well, if I had a motor home, would you rent it from me?’ I was always entrepreneurial-oriented, trying to find a business to get into. So I went out and bought a motor home and rented it to the production company for the three years that I was on that show.”
The company was so successful that he ended up retiring from full-time acting to run the company. He would occasionally show up in various productions, usually in some form of a parody of his “handsome leading man” image.
Waggoner is survived by his wife Sharon Kennedy and two children.