Robert Wagner Biography

Robert Wagner is a stage actor and producer from the United States of America. He is best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–1970), Switch (1975–1978), and Hart to Hart (1979–1984).

Robert Wagner Career

He became interested in acting, and after an unsuccessful screen test directed by Fred Zinnemann for his film Teresa, Wagner was represented by Albert R. Broccoli. He made his uncredited film debut in The Happy Years (1950); it was signed by agent Henry Willson and put under contract with 20th Century Studios.

His film career received a boost after his role in the Austin Powers series of spy spoofs starring Mike Myers. Wagner played Dr. Evil’s henchman Number 2 in all three films: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

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He also had small roles in Wild Things (1998), Crazy in Alabama (1999), Play It to the Bone (2000), Becoming Dick (2001), and Sol Goode (2001). Wagner became the host of Fox Movie Channel’s Hour of Stars, featuring original television episodes of The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955), a series that Wagner had appeared on in his early days with the studio.

In 2005, Wagner became the television spokesman for the Senior Lending Network, a reverse mortgage lender and in 2010 he began serving as a spokesman for the Guardian First Funding Group, also a reverse mortgage lender. In June 2011, Guardian First Funding was acquired by Urban Financial Group, who continue to use Mr. Wagner as their spokesperson.

In 2007, Wagner had a role in the BBC/AMC series Hustle. In season four’s premiere, Wagner played a crooked Texan being taken for half a million dollars. He is considered “a suave icon of American caper television, including It, Takes a Thief and Hart to Hart”, Robert Glenister (Hustle’s fixer, Ash Morgan) commented that “to have one of the icons of that period involved is a great bonus for all of us”.

He has also played the pivotal role of President James Garfield in the comedy/horror film Netherbeast Incorporated (2007). The role was written with Wagner in mind. He had a recurring role as a rich suitor to the main characters’ mother on the sitcom Two and a Half Men. His most recent appearances on the show were in May 2008.

Robert Wagner Age

He was born on February 10, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. He is 90 years old as of 2019.

Robert Wagner Family

He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Hazel Alvera a telephone operator, and Robert John Wagner Sr., a traveling salesman who worked for the Ford Motor Company.

His paternal grandparents were from Germany and his maternal grandparents were Norwegian. He has a sister named Mary. He, therefore, graduated from Saint Monica Catholic High School in 1949.

Robert Wagner Children

He has two full grown-ups children namely Courtney Brooke Wagner and Katie Wagner.

Robert Wagner Wife

He was married to three wives of whom he divorced each of them when necessary. His first marriage was with Natalie Wood whom he married from 1957 to 1962, his second marriage was with Marion Marshall whom he married from 1963 to 1971 and his third marriage was with Natalie Wood whom he married from 1972 to 1981. For now, he is married to Jill St. John in 1990.

Robert Wagner Net worth

He is an American actor and producer who has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars.

Robert Wagner Height

He stands at a height of 1.8meters.

Robert Wagner Columbia

In January 1961, Wagner and Wood formed their own company, Rona Productions, named after the first two letters of both their first names. Rona signed a three-picture deal with Columbia pictures for Wagner’s services, which was to start with Sail a Crooked Ship (1961) and The Interns.

He also had a deal to make one more film in the 20th Century, which was to be Solo, the story of a jazz drummer directed by Dick Powell, or The Comancheros with Gary Cooper. He made Sail a Crooked Ship but his part in The Interns went to Jame MacArthur. Solo was never made, and The Comancheros was made instead with John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. Wagner did make The War Lover (1962) with Steve McQueen.

Robert Wagner 20th Century Fox and Columbia

His first film for the 20th Century was Halls of Montezuma (1951) a World War Two film. Wagner had a supporting role, with Richard Widmark as the star. The studio then had him perform a similar function in another war movie, The Frogmen (1951), again with Widmark; the cast also included another young male under contract to the studio, Jeffrey Hunter, with whom Wagner would often work.

Let’s Make It Legal (1951) was a comedy where Wagner again supported an older star, in this case Claudette Colbert. He first gained significant attention with a small but showy part as a shell-shocked soldier in With a Song in My Heart (1952), starring Susan Hayward as Jane Froman. “You were part of 20th Century Studios,” he said. “You felt proud of being part of the organization.

When I wasn’t working, I was on the road, going out and selling movies or dancing on the stage and meeting the public. They never let you rest.” Fox started to give Wagner better roles. He was the romantic male lead in Stars and Stripes Forever (1952), a biopic about John Philip Sousa starring Clifton Webb.

He supported James Cagney and Dan Dailey in John Ford’s version of What Price Glory (1952) and supported Webb again in Titanic (1953). He was in a minor Western, The Silver Whip (1953) with Rory Calhoun.

He supported Robert Mitchum in a Korean War movie, The Hunters (1958), and appeared with a number of Fox contractees in a World War Two drama, In Love and War (1958); the latter was a hit. After a cameo in Mardi Gras (1958), Wagner supported Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds in Say One for Me (1959).

Robert Wagner Awards

  • People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
  • Robert Wagner Movies
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • The Pink Panther
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Broken Lance
  • The Towering Inferno
  • Prince Valiant
  • Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
  • A Kiss Before Dying
  • Titanic
  • Wild Things
  • The True Story of Jesse James
  • All the Fine Young Cannibals
  • Curse of the Pink Panther
  • The Concorde … Airport ’79

Robert Wagner TV Shows

  • Hart to Hart
  • It Takes a Thief
  • Switch
  • Love Among Thieves
  • Lime Street
  • Colditz
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Category 7: The End of the World
  • Laurence Olivier Presents
  • Pretty/Handsome
  • Jewels
  • The Dick Powell Show
  • The Name of the Game
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • The Trials of Rosie O’Neill
  • Heaven and Hell
  • The World Magic Awards
  • Pearl
  • False Arrest
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