In the world of entertainment, just like in business, everything revolves around passion, training, competitions, victories, and losses. Those who are able to succeed and leave a lasting impression on others are called legends, and Lyle Waggoner has successfully won this honor.
A classic American actor of the 1960s and 70s, Waggoner has been able to touch lives through his active work in the film industry. The actor, who was once a model, is best known for his roles in the American comedy TV shows The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman. Today, after his long list of activities in Hollywood, he has gained national recognition as one of the people’s enthusiasts.
Born Lyle Wesley Waggoner on 13 April 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas, United States, he was raised by his parents Marie and Myron Waggoner in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where he received his basic education at Kirkwood High School before studying briefly at Washington University in St. Louis.
Before taking up acting as his preferred career, Lyle joined the US Army and served as a radio operator in West Germany for nearly two years. He then went to the General Motors Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering as part of the Junior Executive Program.
Waggoner made his debut as a muscleman in a Kansas City musical production of Li’l Abner. After that, he founded a sales organization that helped him with the necessary finances to start an acting career in Los Angeles. By the mid-1960s, he was already a regular face in television series, including the live-action television series Batman and the radio and television Western drama series Gunsmoke. He also appeared in Catalina Caper and was a guest star in the third season of the television series Lost in Space.
In the 1970s and 1980s, he starred in several television movies and minor feature films, including The San Pedro Beach Bums, Happy Days, Golden Girls, Ellen, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island, before giving up his full-time job to run Star Wagons, a company he founded in 1979 and is considered the largest provider of custom rental trailers for entertainment studios. Some of his last roles before he resigned are in the 2005 TV series The War at Home, in which he appeared with award-winning actors such as Rami Malek, Michael Rapaport, and Dean Collins.
Lyle Waggoner’s Net Worth
As mentioned earlier, Lyle Wesley Waggoner ventured into several lucrative careers before settling into the entertainment industry. He also ran several smaller businesses, such as selling encyclopedias and posed for Playgirl Magazine’s first male half-naked centerfold, among other things. In 1993, Waggoner was on the list of presenters for “Let’s Talk With Lyle Waggoner,” an infomercial that promoted “Y-born. All this and his energetic roles in TV series earned him good salaries, which now add up to his net worth of about $10 million.
His “Love Me Deadly”, a 1973 film made with a budget of 42,500 dollars, made up to 18.3 million dollars at the box office. In 1976, Lyle Waggoner was named “Mayor” – an honorary position as “Ambassador of Good Will”, which he shared with such personalities as Cesare Danova – an Italian-American television and film actor, and Steve Allen – an American television personality, musician, actor, comedian, writer and champion of scientific skepticism. He also co-produced the Consumer American Show with Shawn Burner.
Waggoner owned a house in La Quinta, California, which he listed for $2.1 million. He also bought a seaside house in Mandalay Beach for $3.925 million but later sold it for $4.495. Lyle has homes in Westlake Village, California, Manzanillo, Mexico, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Wife and Sons
Lyle married his daughter-in-law Sharon Kennedy, who is an actress, financial advisor, and real estate agent. They married on September 17, 1961, and are blessed with two sons, Beau Waggoner and Jason Waggoner. There is no further information about the actor’s private life as he is not as publicly known about them as he is about his career.
Height and Body Measurement, Where is he now?
The dark-haired and rugged-looking actor and former model stand at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.92 m). There is no further information about his body measurements.
Waggoner and his family currently live in their home in Jackson Hole Wyoming, where he also works as a sculptor. His artwork, which is usually depictions of lovely ladies, can be seen in the West Fine Art Galleries in Jackson Hole.