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R.I.P. Lyle Waggoner 1935-2020


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TV and film actor Lyle Waggoner (April 13, 1935 - March 17, 2020) has died. Perhaps best known for his roles in the TV shows The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1974) and Wonder Woman (1975-1979), Waggoner also appeared in such films as Catalina Caper (1967), Journey to the Center of Time (1967), and Love Me Deadly (1973), as well many TV guest appearances.

 

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Very handsome man and yes, looked great as an older man. Lyle was so funny on Carol Burnett's TV show. He was an important part of the cast. I remember an episode of Golden Girls that he and Sonny Bono fought over dating Dororthy.  He was a handsome, funny man.

RIP Lyle Waggoner

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I pretty much only knew him from Wonder Woman. At a certain age, I kinda wanted to be him. When I was a little older, I saw him in some reruns of The Carol Burnett Show and realized it was the same guy. I don't know that I've ever seen any of his movies.

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If I'm not mistaken, he started out on Carol Burnett's show as her announcer.  Then he graduated to playing small parts, usually ones needing a leading-man-handsome type.  Carol's early seasons often had two guests per show (generally an actor and a primarily musical guest), and Waggoner's and Vicki Lawrence's roles were somewhat limited in the first couple of years.  As time moved on, the show would only have one guest (and later, sometimes no guest) and his role expanded greatly over the run until he left to do Wonder Woman.

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Yeah, he was known by many as Carol Burnett's announcer and main heartthrob.  Always throwing herself at him for comic effect, but in short order he showed he could easily keep up with the others in the cast and proved to be a bigger talent that many at first thought.  And after the show's run he also proved to be quite a savvy businessman.   

Rest In Peace you handsome devil you!  ;)

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22 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

but in short order he showed he could easily keep up with the others in the cast and proved to be a bigger talent that many at first thought.

He was definitely very talented, a great voice and a droll sense of humor. I recall one Sunset Blvd sketch on the show, Harvey was playing the Eric Von Stroheim  part and Lyle was a doctor. Lyle did something to make Harvey crack up, Harvey then ad libbed " Just what we need, funny doctors!"

Due to his great speaking voice, he did some fine voice work also. He did the voice of a lawyer named Perry Masonry on a Flintstones episode. Edit-I checked IMDB and don't see it credited there, but I am almost 99% sure that is his voice. Does anyone know for sure?

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1 hour ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

He was definitely very talented, a great voice and a droll sense of humor. I recall one Sunset Blvd sketch on the show, Harvey was playing the Eric Von Stroheim  part and Lyle was a doctor. Lyle did something to make Harvey crack up, Harvey then ad libbed " Just what we need, funny doctors!"

Due to his great speaking voice, he did some fine voice work also. He did the voice of a lawyer named Perry Masonry on a Flintstones episode. Edit-I checked IMDB and don't see it credited there, but I am almost 99% sure that is his voice. Does anyone know for sure?

I just looked at the Season 4 episode "Little Bamm-Bamm" from 1963, and Waggoner wasn't credited. Unless Perry Masonary was in more than one episode, I have a hunch that Don Messick provided the voice.

He was a go-to voice specialist for Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Among his characters: Bamm-Bamm, Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith and Boo Boo from "The Yogi Bear Show," Dr. Benton Quest and Bandit from "Jonny Quest," and Papa Smurf.

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24 minutes ago, jakeem said:

I just looked at the Season 4 episode "Little Bamm Bamm" from 1963, and Waggoner wasn't credited. Unless Perry Masonary was in more than one episode, I have a hunch that Don Messick provided the voice.

He was a go-to voice specialist for Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Among his characters: Bamm Bamm, Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith and Boo Boo, Dr. Benton Quest and Bandit, and Papa Smurf.

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He also did voices in The Herculoids, and Space Ghost .

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4 minutes ago, hamradio said:

 

He also did voices in The Herculoids, and Space Ghost .

Oh, I didn't even scratch the surface of his many contributions to the Hanna-Barbera Universe. By the way, he also provided the voice of the judge in the "Little Bamm-Bamm" episode of "The Flintstones."

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7 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Oh, I didn't even scratch the surface of his many contributions to the Hanna-Barbera Universe. By the way, he also provided the voice of the judge in the "Little Bamm-Bamm" episode of "The Flintstones."

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Perry Masonite. 

Barney's lawyer gave up before the proceedings began. :lol:

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Question, would you call Freemasons in The Flintstones,  Freemasonites? :D

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55 minutes ago, jakeem said:

I just looked at the Season 4 episode "Little Bamm-Bamm" from 1963, and Waggoner wasn't credited. Unless Perry Masonary was in more than one episode, I have a hunch that Don Messick provided the voice.

He was a go-to voice specialist for Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Among his characters: Bamm-Bamm, Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith and Boo Boo from "The Yogi Bear Show," Dr. Benton Quest and Bandit from "Jonny Quest," and Papa Smurf.

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Agree it was likely Messick.  But The Flintstones end show credits were often incorrect in the syndication packages for individual episodes.  For example, they would run the newer openings and closings (with the trip to the drive-in movie, and drive-in restaurant) for the episodes in the first couple of seasons.  The credits would show Gerry Johnson as the voice of Betty, rather than Bea Benadaret (Gerry replaced Bea starting with the fifth season).  The original opening and closing were completely different, with a different theme song too.

MeTV started running the show last year.  The first cycle through reinstated the original opening and closing sequences, but for some reason, when they started the second cycle through, it switched back to the familiar drive-in sequences

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