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Robert Wagner
Wagner in 1967.
Born February 10, 1930
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Robert John Wagner (born February 10, 1930) is a popular American film and television actor. In his early days in Hollywood in the 1950s, he was mentored by the movie actor Spencer Tracy. He also starred in three popular American television series that spanned six decades such as, playboy secret agent, Alexander Mundy in the popular 1960s adventure series, It Takes a Thief (1968-1970) with Fred Astaire, before playing Eddie Albert's ex-con man and friendly partner, Det. Pete T. Ryan in the popular 1970s crime drama, Switch (1975-1978), and as Stefanie Powers's super-rich private eye and husband, Jonathan Hart in the immensely-popular 1980s crime drama, Hart to Hart (1979-1984). He also starred in the Austin Powers films in the late 1990s and early 2000's. Image File history File links Robert_Wagner_Expo_67_1. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area    - City 370. ... Robert Wagner is the name of: Robert Wagner, an American actor. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In a general sense, a series is a related set of things that occur one after the other or are otherwise connected one after the other. ... It Takes a Thief was an American action-adventure television series that aired on the ABC Network for two and a half seasons between January 9, 1968 to March 24, 1970. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... Eddie Albert, born Edward Albert Heimberger, (April 22, 1906 – May 26, 2005) was a popular Oscar and Emmy Award-nominated American stage, film, character actor, gardener and humanitarian activist, perhaps best known for playing Bing Edwards in the Brother Rat films. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Switch was an American action-adventure television series that was broadcast on the CBS network for three seasons between 1975 and 1978. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Stefanie Powers with Robert Wagner Stefanie Powers (born Stefanie Zofya Paul[1] on November 2, 1942) is an American stage and film actress and singer. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Stefanie Powers & Robert Wagner Lionel Stander & Freeway Hart to Hart was an American television series starring Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart and Stefanie Powers as his wife Jennifer, who lived in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... This article is about the year 1984. ... Mike Myers as Austin Powers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

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Early career

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Wagner moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, when he was seven. At an early age, Wagner became an aspiring actor was successfully employed in a variety of jobs, most prominently as a caddy for actor Clark Gable. However, it wasn't until he was dining with his family at a Beverly Hills restaurant that he was "discovered" by a talent scout. Making his debut in The Happy Years (1950), he would play minor characters in several military themed films until his performance in With a Song in My Heart (1952) starring Susan Hayward which would lead to a contract with 20th Century Fox. Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area    - City 370. ... Los Angeles, L.A., and LA redirect here. ... William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor and the biggest box office star of the early sound film era. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... With a Song in My Heart is a 1952 biographical film which tells the story of actress and singer Jane Froman, who was paralyzed by an airplane crash but entertained the troops in World War II despite having to walk with crutches. ... Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ...


His signing on with Fox would lead to a series of films in starring roles including Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) and Prince Valiant (1954) as well as smaller, although impressive performances, in A Kiss Before Dying (1956) and Between Heaven and Hell (1956). Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is a comic strip created by Hal Foster. ... A Kiss Before Dying is a novel by Ira Levin. ... Between Heaven and Hell may refer to: Between Heaven and Hell, an album by Firewind Between Heaven and Hell, a 1956 film directed by Richard Fleischer Between Heaven and Hell, a dialogue by Peter Kreeft This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


It was during his early career that he became the protégé of veteran actor Clifton Webb, appearing together in Stars and Stripes Forever (1952). His performance in the film would later earn him a nomination of the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer in motion pictures. Mark Stevens and Clifton Webb in The Dark Corner Clifton Webb (November 19, 1889 – October 13, 1966) was an American actor. ... The Stars and Stripes Forever is a patriotic American march. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as...


According to Robert Hofler in The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson, his biography of Hollywood talent agent Henry Willson, Wagner was the most prominent client to break with Willson after the homosexuality of Willson and his top client, Rock Hudson, became a topic of Hollywood gossip. For the straight actors represented by Willson, to be represented by a gay man in the 1950s meant that they were likely to be perceived as gay by a homophobic society, so Wagner and others abandoned him to preserve their masculine images, as well as their careers [citation needed]. Henry Wilson was a Hollywood talent agent who played a role in popularizing the the beefcake craze of the 1950s. ... Rock Hudson (November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was a popular American film and television actor, noted for his good looks, and most remembered as a romantic leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. ...


Personal life

On his way to becoming one of Fox's visible younger stars, Wagner began appearing in public with several young actresses including Debbie Reynolds, eventually becoming lifelong friends. Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ...


In 1956, Wagner became involved with 18-year-old actress Natalie Wood, and was married at Scottsdale, Arizona on December 28, 1957. The marriage was celebrated in Hollywood as the most "glittering union of the 20th century". Living in a Beverly Hills home worth $150,000, the couple soon became involved in financial troubles. At Fox, Wagner's career was slowly being overtaken by newer actors such as Marlon Brando and Paul Newman while Natalie Wood's also ran into trouble as her contract with Warner Bros. was suspended for 14 months after her refusal to appear in a movie filming in England. The two would eventually file for divorce on April 27, 1962, with Natalie entering a relationship with actor Warren Beatty soon afterwards. Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American film actress. ... Scottsdale is a satellite city of Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Named by the New York Times as The Beverly Hills of the Desert,[2] Scottsdale has become internationally recognized as a premiere and posh tourist destination, while maintaining its own identity and culture as The Wests Most... December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Brando redirects here. ... Paul Leonard Newman (born January 26, 1925) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and film director. ... Warner Bros. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Warren Beatty at the 1990 Academy Awards. ...


Wagner, reportedly distraught over the divorce, traveled to Europe and was working on The Longest Day (1962) when he met old friend actress Marion Marshall. After a brief courtship, Wagner married Marshall on July 22, 1963 and the following year had a daughter, Katie Wagner. However, the two would also divorce in 1970. The Longest Day has many meanings: The Longest Day (book) published in 1959 by Cornelius Ryan The Longest Day (movie) is a 1962 war film based on Ryans book The Longest Day (game) is a 1980 wargame by Avalon Hill This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which... Marion Marshall could be one of several notable individuals: Marion Marshall, (born 1930), American actress and former wife of Robert Wagner. ... July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Katie Wagner (born 11 May 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a television personality and Hollywood reporter. ...


Television

Wagner (right), with actress Senta Berger, at Expo 67.

In 1968, Wagner made his television debut starring in the short-lived television series It Takes a Thief and, after a successful two and a half seasons, Wagner's career began to rise. By the mid 1970s, Wagner's television career was at its peak with the popular television series Switch and most memorably Hart to Hart (as well as appearing in the pilot episode of The Streets of San Francisco). He would later be nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best TV Actor" for his performance in "It Takes a Thief" and for four Golden Globe awards for his role as Jonathan Hart in "Hart to Hart." He currently is in an advertisement for reverse mortgages. Image File history File links Wagner,_Berger_survey_Expo_67. ... Image File history File links Wagner,_Berger_survey_Expo_67. ... Senta Berger in When Women Had Tails / 1970. ... Man and His World redirects here - for the 1990 animated documentary feature film by Bruno Bozzetto, see Man and His World. ... It Takes a Thief was an American action-adventure television series that aired on the ABC Network for two and a half seasons between January 9, 1968 to March 24, 1970. ... Electrical switches. ... Stefanie Powers & Robert Wagner Lionel Stander & Freeway Hart to Hart was an American television series starring Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart and Stefanie Powers as his wife Jennifer, who lived in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. ... The Streets of San Francisco was a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions. ... An Emmy Award. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Remarriage to Natalie Wood

Despite his divorce, Wagner continued to keep in contact with Natalie Wood and, in 1971, at a chance meeting with Wood in a restaurant, the two began to resume their relationship (despite her marriage to British producer Richard Gregson). Wood eventually divorced Gregson, and gaining custody of her daughter Natasha, they remarried on June 16, 1972 in a ceremony on their yacht Splendour. Two years later, along with Katie Wagner and Natasha Gregson Wagner, the couple had a daughter Courtney Brooke. Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American film actress. ... Natasha Gregson Wagner (born on 29 September 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (168th in leap years), with 198 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

Robert Wagner & Natalie Wood
Robert Wagner & Natalie Wood

The two would later appear together in the television movies The Affair, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Wagner's own television series Hart to Hart. In 1973, with his wife Natalie Wood, Wagner arranged a deal with Aaron Spelling to submit ideas for pilots to ABC, one of which resulted in the TV series Charlie's Angels in which Wagner and Wood shared the profits with Spelling equally. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (566x709, 16 KB) a photo of American actor Robert Wagner with his wife Natalie Wood, appearing at the Robert Wagner photo gallery. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (566x709, 16 KB) a photo of American actor Robert Wagner with his wife Natalie Wood, appearing at the Robert Wagner photo gallery. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... It has been suggested that List of Charlies Angels episodes be merged into this article or section. ...


On November 29, 1981, Natalie Wood drowned after falling off their yacht Splendour while sailing near Catalina Island with Wagner and Christopher Walken. Wagner, reportedly distraught over Natalie's death, would remain unmarried for almost ten years while continuing to raise their three daughters. November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Avalon Bay is a beautiful bay on Catalina Island. ... Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken on March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ...


After sister-in-law Lana Wood published her 1984 autobiography Natalie: A Memoir, Wagner broke off contact with his late wife's family. She would go on to produce the television movie The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004), starring Justine Waddell and Michael Weatherly as Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. Svetlana Smedley (born Svetlana Gurdin March 1, 1946), better known as Lana Wood, is an American actress and producer born to Russian emigré parents, Nikolai and Maria Zakharenko. ... Justine Waddell was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1976 and moved with her family to Scotland when she was eleven. ... Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS Michael Weatherly, Jr. ...


In 1991, he married actress Jill St. John. In the spring of 2000, St. John herself would become involved in an altercation with Lana Wood during a cover shoot for Vanity Fair featuring the actresses of the long running James Bond series. St. John and Lana co-starred in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds are Forever. Jill St. ... Title-page to Vanity Fair, drawn by Thackeray, who furnished the illustrations for many of his earlier editions Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that satirizes society in early 19th-century England. ... 007 redirects here; for other uses, see 007 (disambiguation). ... Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh film in the EON Productions James Bond series. ...


Return to film

Robert Wagner as Number Two in New Line's Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
Robert Wagner as Number Two in New Line's Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Wagner's film career received a revival for his role in the popular Mike Myers's Austin Powers series with his role as Dr. Evil's henchman known only as Number 2 as well as becoming the host of Fox Movie Channel's Hour of Stars, featuring original television episodes of The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955), a series which Wagner had appeared on in his early days with the studio. Image File history File links RobertWagner3. ... Image File history File links RobertWagner3. ... Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 comedy film. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Michael Myers can refer to: The Rt Hon Sir Michael Myers was the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. ... Mike Myers as Austin Powers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. ... Dr. Evil (played by Mike Myers), is the chief villain of the Austin Powers series of films. ... Number 2 a fictional character in the Austin Powers franchise. ... The Fox Movie Channel, formerly fxM, is a cable television channel that concentrates on showing movies uncut and commercial-free. ...


Aaron Spelling lawsuit

In June 2000, Wagner sued Aaron Spelling Productions for $20 million for breach of contract and fraud, claiming he had been cheated out of profits from the Fox television series Beverly Hills, 90210 regarding an agreement between the show's creator and producer Aaron Spelling and the Fox Network in conflict with his own business relationship with Spelling since the early 1970s. Aaron Spelling (born April 22, 1923 in Dallas, Texas) is an American film and television producer. ... Breach of contract is a legal concept in which a binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other partys performance. ... Beverly Hills, 90210 was a popular primetime television soap opera that aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on FOX in the United States and subsequently on various networks around the world. ... Aaron Spelling in 1999 following the Beverly Hills, 90210 wrap-up party Aaron F. Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was a American film and television producer. ...


In 1988, Wagner agreed to become involved in Spelling's television series Angels 88, then in development, in which Spelling had agreed Wagner would receive a 7.5% gross profit for his participation, regardless of services rendered. However, when the series was initially picked up by Fox and then later dropped in favor of Beverly Hills, 90210, Wagner claimed he was entitled to the rights previously agreed upon their 1988 agreement.


Friendship with Eddie Albert

Wagner was a loyal friend to Eddie Albert for over 40 years and said Albert was a true blessing to him. Wagner was only 8 when he first watched his future mentor in the 1938 movie, Brother Rat, and was impressed. He first worked with the seasoned actor in the 1962 movie, The Longest Day. Shortly afterwards, they co-starred in Switch, and The Concorde: Airport '79. They kept in touch until Albert's death in 2005 where Wagner gave one of the eulogies. Eddie Albert, born Edward Albert Heimberger, (April 22, 1906 – May 26, 2005) was a popular Oscar and Emmy Award-nominated American stage, film, character actor, gardener and humanitarian activist, perhaps best known for playing Bing Edwards in the Brother Rat films. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The Longest Day has many meanings: The Longest Day (book) published in 1959 by Cornelius Ryan The Longest Day (movie) is a 1962 war film based on Ryans book The Longest Day (game) is a 1980 wargame by Avalon Hill This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which... Switch was an American action-adventure television series that was broadcast on the CBS network for three seasons between 1975 and 1978. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Filmography

Wagner's career as a supporting player in movies was solid in the 1950s, but his film career petered out in the 1960s (as did his first marriage to Natalie Wood), and he turned to television, with great success. His notable roles include: Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American film actress. ...

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Other roles

Delerious is a romantic comedy film starring John Candy. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hope & Faith was an American sitcom which aired for three seasons on ABC. For its first two seasons the show was part of a revived TGIF comedy block. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Robert John Wagner (born 10 February 1930 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor.
Wagner was the most prominent client to break with him in the early 1950s, when Willson's and Hudson's homosexuality became a topic of Hollywood gossip.
Wagner's career as a supporting player in movies was solid in the 1950s, but his film career petered out in the 1960s (as did his first marriage to Natalie Wood), and he turned to television, with great success.
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Robert Ferdinand Wagner (8 June 1877–4 May 1953) was a Democratic U.S. Senator from New York from 1927 until 1949.
Wagner was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1926, reelected in 1932, 1938, and again in 1944, and served from 1927 until his resignation on June 28, 1949, due to ill health.
Robert Wagner died in New York City and is interred in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York City.
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