Lyle Trachtenberg Biography

Lyle Trachtenberg is an American former actor and IATSE union organizer. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: January 1, 1956

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 64 Years, 64 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Born Country: United States

Born in: Los Angeles, California

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Adrianna Belan, Whoopi Goldberg

children: Gabriella, Natasha

U.S. State: California

City: Los Angeles

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education: University of California

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Lyle Trachtenberg is an American former actor and IATSE union organizer. He is best known as the former husband of actress, comedian, and television personality, Whoopi Goldberg. A native Californian, Trachtenberg harboured acting aspirations while he was growing up. After graduating from high school, he took admission in the University of California, Los Angles in 1976. He graduated in 1980 and subsequently became an active member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, a labour union that currently represents over a hundred thousand technicians, craftspersons and artisans working in the entertainment industry. He quickly rose through the ranks to become an influential organiser by the mid-1990s. During this period, he garnered some notoriety for the union’s disruptive behaviours on the sets of various independent films. Over the years, he has received credits for his association with a number of projects. He even made an appearance as an actor in the 1998 comedy film ‘Beach Movie’. Trachtenberg was Goldberg’s third and most recent husband. They were married from 1994 to 1995. Through Goldberg, he is the former stepfather of her daughter, Alexandrea "Alex" Martin.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Born on January 1, 1956, in Los Angeles, California, USA, Lyle Trachtenberg was interested in acting since he was a child. Following his high-school graduation, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976, and earned his degree in 1980.
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  • At some point after Trachtenberg completed his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, he joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees , which serves as a labour union for more than a hundred thousand technicians, craftspersons, artisans active in the various aspects of the entertainment industry, including theatre, films, TV projects, and trade shows.
  • In time, he became a powerful and influential organiser for the union and gained some notoriety for his work on various sets as a union representative. According to a Variety article published in July 1995, Trachtenberg caused some problems for indie filmmaker Allison Anders and her producers during the filming of her 1996 movie ‘Grace of My Heart’. For the $5 million project, she and her producers, Ruth Charny and Dan Hassid, had managed to rehire several of the same non-union crew members that she had worked with on her previous low-budget efforts. In the second week after the filming began, Trachtenberg came during lunch. When he was denied entry to the set, he stationed himself outside by the catering truck and began listing the benefits of becoming a member of the IATSE. By the time lunch ended, IATSE had 25 new members. The situation had become quite tense, and there were talks of a makeshift strike. Eventually, the producers reached an agreement with the union and the filming started again.
  • In his Los Angeles Times column in January 1996, producer Lawrence Bender wrote about his own experience of dealing with Trachtenberg and the union. During the shooting of ‘White Man’s Burden (1995), a film he produced, the union stopped the production, resulting in a significant amount of monetary damage and delay. Later, Bender listed some solutions to the problems of making low-budget pictures in conjunction with the unions in an interview with the L. A. Times. In response, Trachtenberg sarcastically advised him to waive his own fees for the movies with under $3 million budget in which union stipulation would be disregarded. According to Bender, this was simply an attempt to circumvent the issue and not a permanent productive solution.
  • Despite his initial aspirations, Lyle Trachtenberg never found much success as an actor. In 1996, he appeared as himself in Robert Rodriguez’s action-horror ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’. In 1998, he portrayed a character credited as the Husky Guy in writer/director John Quinn’s comedy film ‘Beach Movie’. He has also received “special thanks” for his involvement in films like ‘Girl Fever’ (2002), ‘Keeping Up with the Steins’ (2006), and ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ (2015).
  • Trachtenberg continues to be an active member of the IATSE and takes part in various demonstrations.
Family & Personal Life
  • Lyle Trachtenberg tied the knot with Whoopi Goldberg on October 1, 1994. The marriage was shortlived and they got divorced in 1995.
  • After his divorce from Goldberg, Trachtenberg exchanged wedding vows with Canadian-born Adrianna Belan. They have two daughters together, Gabriella and Natasha. Belan is a former actress.

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