Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Robert Wagner

Robert John Wagner was born on February 10, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan.

One of Robert Wagner's first jobs before being discovered in 1950 was as Clark Gable's caddy.

One evening when Robert Wagner was dining with his parents at a restaurant in Beverly Hils, he was "discovered" by a talent scout. He was soon cast to play Adams, Cleaves Catcher in The Happy Years (1950).

During the 1950s and 1960s, Robert Wagner appeared in movies such as Stars and Stripes Forever (1952), Titanic (1953), Prince Valiant (1954), A Kiss Before Dying (1956), The Longest Day (1962), The War Lover (1962), and The Pink Panther (1963).

From 1968 to 1970, Robert Wagner starred as playboy-thief-turned-secret agent Alexander Mundy in the television series It Takes a Thief. He would receive an Emmy nomination for his performance.

During the 1970s Robert Wagner appeared in The Towering Inferno (1974) and Midway (1976). He also made several television movies such as The Affair (1973), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976), and The Critical List (1978).

From 1975 to 1978, he played Detective Pete Ryan in the television drama Switch.

But it was in 1979, Robert Wagner was cast in the role he is most famous for: Jonathan Hart in Hart to Hart (1979-1984).

The 1990s brought Robert Wagner roles in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993), Wild Things (1998), and Something to Believe In (1998).

Robert Wagner's career made a comeback from his Hart to Hart days when he was cast as Number Two in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Robert Wagner has been married four times. From December 28, 1957 to April 26, 1962, he was married to Natalie Wood.

After their divorce, he married Marion Marshall (July 22, 1963 to April 26, 1971, divorced). Marion and Robert have one daughter, actress Katie Wagner. Marion Marshall and Robert Wagner had worked together in Halls of Montezuma (1950) and appeared together in an episode of It Takes A Thief after their marriage.

On July 16, 1972, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood married a second time. Natalie and Robert had a daughter, Courtney Wagner who is also an actress. Robert Wagner also adopted Natalie's daughter, Natasha. Natalie Wood was died during a boating accident on November 29, 1981. Almost thirty years later, there is still much speculation about her death.

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood worked together in All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960), The Affair (1973) (TV) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) (TV).

On May 26, 1990, Robert Wagner married actress Jill St. John, they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this May.

Jill St. John and Robert Wagner played husband and wife in a classic episode of Seinfeld entitled The Yada Yada.

Most recently, Robert Wagner played Anthony DiNozzo Sr. on an episode of NCIS entitled Flesh and Blood. (Michael Weatherly who plays Anthony DiNozzo Jr. on NCIS had previously portrayed Robert Wagner in The Mystery of Natalie Wood).

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