Lyle Waggoner, a TV Star as Actor and Announcer, Dies at 84

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Lyle Waggoner, the sable-haired heartthrob best remembered as the announcer and a participant in the sketches in the early years of “The Carol Burnett Show,” and for playing Maj. Steve Trevor on the 1970s television versions of “Wonder Woman,” died on Tuesday at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 84.

The cause was cancer, said his agent, Robert Malcolm.

Mr. Waggoner’s dulcet voice, brawny jaw and muscular physique made him seem a natural leading man. But his most recognizable parts were in support of others — Ms. Burnett on her hit comedy-variety show, and Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman on ABC and then CBS in the 1970s.

Mr. Waggoner played Major Trevor, a military figure who tried to aid Wonder Woman but often wound up needing her help, when the show was set in the 1940s. He played the character’s son, Steve Trevor Jr., on a later version of the series, a more modern take set in the 1970s.

“I couldn’t believe they wanted me to play my own son,” Mr. Waggoner said in an interview with the website SciFiAndTvTalk in 2011. “I figured: ‘Well, they’re professionals. They must know what it is they’re doing, but this doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense to me.’ I’m sure it didn’t make much sense to the viewers either, but they stuck with us for two years.”

Mr. Waggoner said that people still recognized him from the show, even decades after it went off the air.

“I can go anywhere in the U.S. and sometimes the world and people walking down the street will stop me and say, ‘Hey, Lyle, how are you?’”

His survivors include his wife, Sharon; two sons, Jason and Beau; and four grandchildren.

A complete obituary will be posted soon.


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