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Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner is a native of Kansas City, Kan. His early professional life was as a door-to-door salesman before becoming an actor. His first real job as an actor was with the road company of "Li'l Abner." Once in California, he began doing commercials and screen-tested for Universal. He later signed with M.G.M. and then Twentieth Century Fox. His early TV appearances included such classics as Gunsmoke, Lost in Space and Marcus Welby, M.D. Of course his first claim to fame was his recurring co-starring role on The Carol Burnett Show. Well, that and the fact he was the first Playgirl centerfold in June 1973.

Waggoner left The Carol Burnett Show under mutual agreement with the producer in 1974. Shortly thereafter he was cast in what was to become his most memorable role, that of Col. Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman opposite Lynda Carter. Like several other actors known for looks and charm (Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger) Waggoner chose to pursue his political aspirations and was elected mayor of Encino, Calif. in 1976.

In 1979, Lyle founded Star Waggons, Inc., which later became the largest supplier of studio location rental trailers in the entertainment industry. He also had an unprecedented run of TV guest-star roles including Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hardcastle and McCormick, Simon & Simon and Murder, She Wrote. Though he retired from acting full-time to run Star Waggons, he continues to make occasional guest appearances. He resides in Jackson, Wyo. with his wife and two sons, where he is a sculptor.