TMZ: Lyle Waggoner of 'Carol Burnett Show' Fame Dies at 84

Jaimie-lee Prince
Mar 17, 2020
07:26 P.M.
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Lyle Waggoner of the "Carol Burnett" show has reportedly passed away at age 84. His death follows a short battle against illness. 

Lyle Waggoner, who was a household name in television during the '60s and '70s, died at his home on Tuesday morning, reported TMZ

According to the outlet, Waggoner's wife and sons were all with him when he went peacefully to whatever lies beyond.


Waggoner's career and roles

Waggoner became known in the 60s after landing a role on the hit tv show, "Gunsmoke." Pop Culture reports that he was next interested in the role of "Batman," but Adam West stole it from him. 

Waggoner did not give up, though — and it paid off. He soon nabbed a role in the sketch series, "The Carol Burnett Show." Known for his talent as well as his good looks, he stayed there from 1967 to 1974. 


In that time, Waggoner played various characters as well as the announcer in the popular variety show. He moved on to a role in "Wonder Woman" from 1975 to 1979. 

In 1980, Waggoner appeared as the character Jack Barrows in "Charlie's Angels." He also played various roles in "The Love Boat" from 1979 to 1982 and in "Happy Days" from 1980 to 1984.


Other avenues he pursued

The "That 70s Show" actor also dipped his foot into other industries, namely modeling and production. He was the first male to do a seminude centerfold for Playgirl magazine. 

Additionally, his company, Star Waggons, delivered customized trailers for entertainment industry aspirers. In 1960, Waggoner got married to fellow actor and realtor Sharon Kennedy. 


After retirement, Waggoner worked as a sculptor. He and his wife lived near Jackson, Wyoming, when he passed. He is survived by his wife and two sons. 

Burnett speaks on Conway's death

Waggonner's passing reminds us of actor and comedian Tim Conway's death last May. The Emmy and Golden Globe winner passed away after a lengthy battle with dementia.

Tim Conway poses for a photo in December 2007 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Carol Burnett also worked with Conway. Upon learning of his passing, the actress said some touching words to honor him:  "He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being."