• Lyle Trachtenberg is an American IATSE union organizer and former actor.
• He was married to Whoopi Goldberg from 1994-199•
• He has a few film and TV credits, as well as special thanks for other films.
• He enjoys tennis, golf and other sports, as well as traveling and watching films.
• His net worth is estimated at over $1 million.


Who is Whoopi Goldberg’s ex-husband Lyle Trachtenberg? Wiki Bio

Lyle Trachtenberg was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 1 January 1956 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn and he holds American nationality. He is a former actor and an International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union organizer, but probably best known for being the ex-husband of Whoopi Goldberg, a famous American actress, comedian and writer.

Childhood and education

Lyle was raised an only child in Los Angeles by his father who was a theatre actor and his mother who was teaching English at a local high school. Motivated by his father, Lyle became interested in acting while attending high school, but was also interested in sports as he played both football and soccer.

He was a member of the school’s drama club, and would also often watch his father perform at a local theatre.

Two years after he matriculated from high school in 1974, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980.

Career as an actor and TV personality

Lyle doesn’t have many film and TV credits to his name, and has rather been focused on making trouble with his IATSE union on film sets, allegedly costing producers and directors lots of money.

He made his debut appearance in the TV special “The 21st Annual People’s Choice Award” in 1995, and a year later he was cast to portray a supporting character in the action crime horror movie “From Dusk Till Dawn” which starred Hervey Keitel, George Clooney, and Juliette Lewis while it was directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Robert Kurtzman and Quentin Tarantino. The film follows two convicts who are holding people hostagesat a truck stop full of vampires, and it won seven awards and was nominated for 13 others.

In 1997, Lyle played the I.A.T.S.E. Union Organizer (or himself) in the documentary film “Full Tilt Boogie” which is about the making of the film “From Dusk Till Dawn”. His final role was as the Husky Guy in the comedy “Beach Movie”, directed and written by John Quinn, and starroing Alex DeBoe and Gabrielle Anwar, about a man who risks losing the two things he loves the most in life – his girlfriend Sunny and surfing.

Lyle has received many special thanks for movies with his first having been in the romantic comedy film “Girl Fever” in 2002, followed by the horror thriller film “All Sould Day: Dia de los Muertos” and the action comedy horror “House of the Dead 2” in 2005. In 2006, ‘the film makers would like to thank’ Lyle for helping them with the filming of the comedy movie “Keeping Up with the Steins”, while he received special thanks in 2009 for the comedy horror movie “Transylmania”.

Lyle Trachtenberg and Whoopi Goldberg

His latest thanks were for the comedy movie “30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” in 2013, and the romantic comedy drama “Hello, My Name Is Doris” in 2015.

Love life and marriage with Whoopi Goldberg

Lyle met Whoopi Goldberg in 1992, before he launched his acting career, while Whoopi was steadily working on her own – they started dating, and married on 1 October 1994 in a small ceremony attended by their closest friends and family. It is believed that Lyle’s involvement with the IATSE union was what helped break the two’s marriage, and they divorced after only a year of being together. Lyle then married Adrianna Belan, the Canadian-American actress perhaps best known for her roles in movies “Alpha Dog”, “Room 6”, and “Mostly Ghostly”. Adrianna gave birth to their two daughters Gabriella and Natasha, and the family of four is living in Los Angeles.

Whoopi was married twice before she met Lyle, to Alvin Martin in 1973 but divorcing him in 1979, and then to American cinematographer David Claessen in 1986, but they divorced two years later. She went on to date the famous American stage and movie actor Frank Langella, and another famous American actor and film producer Ted Danson but she hasn’t married again after Lyle. She had an abortion when she was 14, apparently doing it herself with a coat hanger, but she gave birth to her daughter Alexandrea Martin when she was 18.

Hobbies and other interests

Lyle is an avid tennis player, while he is also said to be very good at golf, and plays a variety of other sports including basketball and table tennis. During his 20s and 30s, Lyle had several training sessions at the gym each week to stay fit, and was following a somewhat strict diet, but as the years went by, he found less time and will to go to the gym.

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He likes to travel, and has been all around the US, mostly for work, and has vacationed in Europe on multiple occasions staying in cities such as Thessaloniki in Greece and Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Lyle has his own favorite Hollywood actors and actresses, some of whom are Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel and Angelina Jolie, while some of his favorite movies are “Pulp Fiction”, “Pitch Black”, and “Mr. and Mrs Smith”.

Appearance and net worth

Lyle is 64 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, and weighs around 140lbs (63kgs). As of June 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1 million, while Whoopi’s net worth is reputedly over $45 million.

Who is Whoopi Goldberg? Wiki Bio

Caryn Elaine Johnson was born in New York City, USA, on 13 November 1955 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds American nationality. ‘Whoopi’ is from whoopy cushion, and Goldberg a recognition of her rather vague Jewish ancestry. She gained recognition after she portrayed the lead character Celie in the coming of age period drama movie “The Color Purple” in 1985, directed by Steven Spielberg and also starring Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. The movie follows a black woman who was abused by her father and his friends, and was a huge success, as it won 14 awards and was nominated for 23 others, including 11 Oscars while Whoopi was rewarded with a Golden Globe, an NAACP Image, and National Board of Review Awards.

Whoopi was raised in Manhattan alongside her brother Clyde by their mother Emma Johnson who was a nurse – their father Robert James Johnson Jr. who was a Baptist clergyman abandoned the family shortly after Whoopi was born. Whoopi studied at St Columba before moving to Washington Irving High School, but from which she dropped out before matriculation. She left her home when she was 17, and after moving alone to Berkeley in San Francisco, she worked several jobs including being a waitress and a bank teller, before landing her first roles in movies and TV series.

She now has over 100 movie and TV credits to her name – she made her debut film appearance in the drama movie “Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away” in 1982.

Her next notable performance was in the action comedy thriller movie “Fatal Beauty” in 1987, for which she won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, then in 1990 Whoopi starred in the award-winning romantic comedy fantasy thriller movie “Ghost”, for  which she won six awards including an Oscar, BAFTA, and a Golden Globe.

In 1992, Whoopi portrayed Deloris Van Cartier in the musical comedy film “Sister Act”, and for her performance won an NAACP Image Award as well as an American Comedy Award. In 1998, she was invited to play the supporting character Delilah Abraham in the romantic comedy movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” which won her another NAACP Award.

Whoopi went on to appear in many other movies, while some of her latest appearances in films have been in the action drama “9/11” in 2017, the comedy “Furlough” in 2018, and the romantic comedy “Nobody’s Fool” in 2018.

She made her debut TV series appearance in 1986, when she portrayed Camille Brand in the episode “Camille” of the comedy drama series “Moonlight”. Her first notable performance in a series was in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, portraying Guinan in 28 episodes shot between 1988 and 1993. Meantime in 1990, she began voicing Gaia, the Spirit of Earth in the animated environmentalist superhero series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”.

In 1992 Whoopi began hosting her own late night talk show “The Whoopi Goldberg Show”. In 1999, she voiced Ransome in 26 episodes of the British animated series “The Foxbusters” and in 2003, Whoopi played Mavis Rae in the drama series “Whoopi”.

Some of her latest roles in TV series have been in single episodes of the animated series “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” in 2019, the reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2020, and the drama web miniseries “The Stand” in 2020 as well.

Whoopi is a fighter for human rights, and has on several occasions talked about social networks and how these can be used against violent extremism. Since 1987, she has been supporting the LGBT community, and on 1 April 2010 was part of the Give a Damn campaign, which aimed to bring straight people closer to members of the LGBT community – some of the other famous people who were part of the campaign were Cyndi Lauper, Elton John and Jason Mraz.

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