Lyle Trachtenberg, The Famous Ex-Husband of the Popular Actress and Comedian, Whoopi Goldberg

Lyle Trachtenberg is an American businessman and former actor who got married to Whoopi Goldberg but unfortunately got divorced after 3 months. 

After the divorce, it was a moment of development for him. He returned to business and had also worked in different firms and industries including finance and marketing. 

However, Lyle Trachtenberg has stayed away from the public eye in recent years.

Lyle Trachtenberg Biography

Lyle Trachtenberg

Lyle was born on January 1st, 1956, in Los Angeles, California, USA. 

Since childhood, Lyle Trachtenberg had a flair for acting. After his high school graduation, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1976 and earned his degree in 1980 after which he became an active member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, a labour that currently represents over a hundred thousand technicians, craftspersonS and artisanS working in the entertainment industry. By the mid-1990s, he rose to become an influential organiser.  He has not revealed any sensitive details about himself despite being a famous personality. As of now, he is 68 years of age. 

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Lyle Trachtenberg Career

After Lyle Trachtenberg completed his education at the University of California he started his career. After a while, Lyle joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees which serves as a labour union for more than a hundred thousand craftspersons, technicians including artisans active in the various aspects of the entertainment industry, including films, theatre, TV projects and trade shows. 

Fortunately, he became a mighty and influential organiser for the union as well as gained some notoriety for his work on various sets as a union representative. According to a Variety article he published in  July 1995, it was heard that he caused some problems for Indie filmmaker Allison Anders. This happened during the filming of her 1996 movie Grace of My Heart. 

In the second week after the filming began, Lyle went during lunch. He stationed himself outside by the catering truck, as he was abruptly denied entry to the set and began listing the benefits of becoming a member of the IATSE. When the lunch came to a halt, IATSE welcomed 25 new members. The situation became quite intense and there were talks of a makeshift strike. However, the producers reached an agreement with the union and they decided to kick-start filming again. 


In Los Angeles, in January 1996, Times column producer Lawrence Bender wrote about his personal experience and he also wrote about dealing with Lyle Trachtenberg and the union. During the filming of White Man’s Burden, one of the films he produced, the union stopped the processing of the film which resulted in a significant amount of damage even monetarily. 

In subsequent times, Bender listed some solutions to the problems of making low-budget pictures in conjunction with the unions in an interview with the LA Times. Trachtenberg responded sarcastically and advised him to waive his fees for the movies under a $3 million budget in which union stipulation would be disregarded. According to Bender, he saw it as an attempt to circumvent the issues and not provide a permanent productive solution. 

Lyle Trachtenberg never found much success as an actor despite his initial aspirations. He appeared as himself in Robert-Rodriguez’s action-horror in 1996,  From Dusk Till Dawn. Also, in 1998, he portrayed a character known as the Husky Guy in writer John Quinn’s comedy film, Beach Movie. He also received special accolades for his involvement in films like Girl Fever (2002), Keeping Up With the Steins (2006), and Hello, My Name is Doris (2015). 

Steadfastly, Lyle Trachtenberg continued to be an active member of the IATSE and took part in various demonstrations. 

Lyle Trachtenberg Movies

Lyle Trachtenberg’s involvement in the film industry was more embedded in executive roles other than filmmaker. As a senior vice president of worldwide television for Sony Pictures Entertainment and vice president of worldwide motion pictures for Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group, he oversaw the development, production and distribution of a wide variety of films and television shows. Some of the movies produced during the time of Lyle are:

  • Men in Black
  • A Knight’s Tale
  • Stuart Little
  • Spiderman
  • Big Daddy
  • Anaconda
  • The Cable Guy
  • The Patriot
  • Philadelphia
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Charlie’s Angels

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Lyle Trachtenberg’s net worth

Lyle Trachtenberg surely amassed a significant fortune as a former high-level executive in the entertainment industry during his career. However, his net worth is quite herculean to estimate since his earnings, expenses including investments are also considered a major factor. 


Lyle Trachtenberg with his daughters

Lyle Trachtenberg tied the knot with Whoopi Goldberg on October 1, 1994. Unfortunately, the marriage was short-lived and they got divorced in 1995. 

After his divorce from Whoopi, he went ahead to exchange marital vows with Canadian-born Adrianna Belan. They have two daughters together, Gabriel and Natasha. 

Lyle Trachtenberg and Whoopi Goldberg

Lyle Trachtenberg and Whoopi Goldberg

Lyle and Whoopi met each other in 1993 for the first time and after 9 months of dating, they tied the knot on October 1st, 1994, but the marriage was short-lived. They finally got divorced in 1995. Although, some research showed that Whoopi Goldberg was a woman who didn’t have a flair for marriage. She did it out of societal pressure. 


Lyle Trachtenberg was born on January 1st, 1956. He is currently 68 years old. 

Lyle Trachtenberg now

Lyle is married to Adrianna Belan, a well-known Canadian Actress. They have two daughters together, Gabriella and Natasha. Lyle is doing well with his family. 

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