The world of entertainment, like business, is all about the passion, training, competition, wins, and losses. Those who are able to successfully scale through and leave a lasting impression on others are called legends and Lyle Waggoner has successfully won that honor.
The 1960s and 70s American classical actor, Waggoner has been able to touch lives through his active works in the movie industry. The actor who was formerly a model is best known for his roles in the American comedy TV shows The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman. Today, following his long list of activities in Hollywood, he has gained national recognition as one of people’s heartthrob.
Born as Lyle Wesley Waggoner on April 13, 1935, in Kansas City, Kansas, United States, he was raised by his parents Marie and Myron Waggoner in Excelsior Springs, Missouri where he had 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 almost two years. He then went to the General Motors Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering in the junior executive program.
Waggoner made his debut acting as a muscle man in a Kansas City Musical production of Li’l Abner. He then formed a sales organization that helped him with the necessary finances to start an acting career in Los Angeles. By mid-1960s he was already a regular face in TV series including the Live action TV series, Batman and the radio and television Western drama series, Gunsmoke. He also appeared in Catalina Caper and guest starred in the third season of the TV series Lost in Space.
During the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared in several TV movies and minor motion pictures including The San Pedro Beach Bums, Happy Days, Golden Girls, Ellen, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island before resigning from full-time acting to run Star Wagons, a company that is regarded as the largest supplier of customized studio location rental trailers to the entertainment industry which he founded in 1979. Some of his last roles before he resigned are in the 2005 TV series The War at Home which he acted with award-winning actors like Rami Malek, Michael Rapaport, and Dean Collins.
Lyle Waggoner’s Net Worth
As was already mentioned, Lyle Wesley Waggoner ventured into several lucrative careers before settling in the entertainment industry. He also did some minor businesses such as selling encyclopedias and posing for Playgirl Magazine’s first male semi-nude centerfold, among others. In 1993, Waggoner was on the list of hosts of “Let’s Talk With Lyle Waggoner”, an infomercial which promoted “Y-born”. All these, plus his energetic roles in television series earned him good salaries which now accumulates to his net worth of about $10 million.
His Love Me Deadly, a 1973 movie which was made with the budget of $42,500, made up to $18.3 million at the box office. In 1976, Lyle Waggoner was appointed “mayor” – an honorary “goodwill ambassador” position he shared with the likes of Cesare Danova – an Italian-American television and screen actor, and Steve Allen – an American TV personality, musician, actor, comedian, writer, and advocate of scientific skepticism. He also co-produced Consumer American show with Shawn Burner.
Waggoner owned a house in La Quinta, California which he listed for $2.1 million. He also bought an oceanfront home in Mandalay Beach for $3.925 million but later sold it for $4.495. Lyle has homes in Westlake Village CA, Manzanillo Mexico, and Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Wife and Sons
Lyle married his heartthrob Sharon Kennedy who is an actress, financial consultant, and realtor. They got married on September 17, 1961, and they are blessed with two sons, Beau Waggoner and Jason Waggoner. There is no further information about the actor’s personal life as he is not public about them as much as he is with his career.
Height and Body Measurement, Where is he now?
The dark-haired, and ruggedly handsome, actor and former model stands at a height of 6 feet3 inches (1.92m). There is no other information about his body measurement.
Waggoner and his family currently live in their home at Jackson Hole Wyoming where he also works as a sculptor. His artistic works which are usually renditions of lovely ladies can be seen at Galleries West Fine Art in Jackson Hole.