Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lyle Waggoner Dies at 84

So sad to hear about the passing of Lyle Waggoner, the impossibly handsome actor who helped awaken something inside me at an obscenely young age.

Waggoner's son, Jason, says his father died peacefully Tuesday morning with wife Sharon by his side. Best known for his work on "The Carol Burnett Show" from 1967 to 1974, he later went on to star as Steve Trevor in "Wonder Woman" during the second half of the '70s. 

“He was funny, kind and multi-talented. But even more than that, a loving friend. I will miss him,” Burnett, 86, said in a statement.

What I loved about "Carol" was that there was never any pretense about why he was there -- his hotness was always a character in every sketch in which he appeared, turning the built sex-symbol ideal on its head. Damian and I watch the reruns and as Lyle is routinely being ogled and exploited for his body, we turn to each other and say, "Did we write this?"

He lived a long and healthy life, but it hurts to say goodbye just the same. RIP, handsome.

1 comment:

Blobby said...

It's so funny you mentioned the 'awakening' with him. I had that same conversation about me, and about / with two others today after learning of his passing.