ROBERT WAGNER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Robert Wagner was born on February 10th, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His birth name was Robert John Wagner and he was the son of a steel executive. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was a seven years old and he always had dreams of becoming an actor. Thankfully, his dad was well connected in Hollywood and he was able to frequently visit the film studio's. He attended military academies, Santa Monica High School and the Harvard schools.
He worked part time as a caddy for actor Clark Gable and was soon spotted by a talent scout. In 1950 was given his first role in, "The Happy Years". Following two years later with another small role on, "With a Song in My Heart" (1952) co-starring Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter, Helen Westcott and Una Merkel. 20th Century Fox signed him to a contract in 1953 and he starred in several movies under his contract such as, "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef" (1953) starring with J. Carrol Naish, Gilbert Roland, Peter Graves, Terry Moore, Richard Boone and Harry Carey Jr., "Titanic" (1953) co-starring Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Brian Aherne, Audrey Dalton, Thelma Ritter and Richard Basehart, "Prince Valiant" (1954) starring alongside James Mason, Janet Leigh, Debra Paget, Sterling Hayden, Victor McLaglen, Brian Aherne and Donald Crisp, "Broken Lance" (1954) also starring Spencer Tracy, Jean Peters, Katy Jurado, Hugh O'Brian, Richard Widmark and Earl Holliman, "Kiss Before Dying" (1956) starring with Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, George Macready and Mary Astor and "Between Heaven and Hell" (1956) also starring Buddy Ebsen, Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford, Robert Keith and Brad Dexter. Wagner played outlaw Jesse James in the 1957 film "The True Story of Jesse James" co-starring Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead, Frank Gorshin, Alan Hale Jr. and John Carradine. He was becoming one of Fox's rising Hollywood stars.
In the early '60s, Wagner suffered a series of personal and professional letdowns. He did appear in, "The War Lover" (1962) opposite Steve McQueen and traveled to Europe to work on the film, "The Longest Day" (1962) starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Peter Lawford, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Eddie Albert, Rod Steiger, Tom Tryon, Robert Ryan, Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, Ray Danton, Sal Mineo, Steve Forrest, Dewey Martin, Fabian Forte, Mel Ferrer, Edmond O'Brien and Jeffrey Hunter. His film career skidded to a stop after, "The Pink Panther" (1964) starring Peter Sellers, Capucine, Claudia Cardinale and David Niven.
By the late 1960's he had become a regular on TV yet his television debut was on "Jukebox Jury" (1953). He signed with Universal Studios in 1967, where he starred in three lighthearted action series: "It Takes a Thief" (1968-70) co-starring with Fred Astaire, "Switch" (1975-78) starring with Eddie Albert and "Hart to Hart" (1979-84) starring with Stefanie Powers.
Wagner went on to appear in the blockbuster film, "The Towering Inferno" (1974) with such blockbuster stars as Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Shelley Winters, Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain, Susan Blakely, Jennifer Jones, Robert Vaughn, Faye Dunaway, Dabney Coleman and William Holden. He also starred in two successful television series. The first was the police show "Switch" (1975) starring alongside Eddie Albert and the series lasted three years before its cancellation in 1978. The second was in the hit "Hart to Hart" (1979), which lasted five years before its cancellation in 1984. His professional and personal lives seemed to be right on track.
In the 1990's Wagner made a comeback, in Austin Powers, "International Man of Mystery" (1997) and its two sequels (1999 and 2002). In 2008 he began a recurring role on the hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men". He also sued Aaron Spelling Productions for $20 million in June 2000, charging that he was cheated out of profits on the Fox series "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990).
Wagner had a long time love affair with actress Natalie Wood whom he married in 1957 but later divorced in 1962. He then went on to marry Marion Marshall, another actress from 1963 to 1970, however they divorced shortly later and he re married Woods until in 1981 when she died in a boating accident. He was single for about 10 years before marrying actress Jill St. John in 1991. He then published an autobiography in 2008, Pieces of My heart in which he revealed that he had a four year relationship with actress Barbara Stanwyck in the 1950's. He dedicated his book to his mother, sister, daughters Katie and Courtney Wagner and to his wife Jill St. John where he thanked all of them for being, "the meaning of his life".
Robert Wagner was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures and earned the Golden Globe Award for the most promising newcomer in Motion Pictures. He was also nominated for Golden Globe award four times and an Emmy award for his roles as a Television actor and motion pictures.
On November 2, 2009, it was announced that Wagner will guest-star as Tony's father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr, in the 150th episode of NCIS starring Mark Harmon. He entered the year 2010 continuing to live a succesful life personally and professionally.
2011 Making the Boys
2007 Man in the Chair
2006 Everyone's Hero
2004 El Padrino
2003 Hollywood Homicide
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember
2002 Man of Faith
2000 Play It to the Bone
1999 Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me
1999 Crazy in Alabama
1999 Dill Scallion
1999 No Vacancy
1999 Tiara Tango
1998 Something to Believe In
1998 Wild Things
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
1993 Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story
1992 The Player
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther
1983 I Am the Cheese
1979 The Concorde - Airport '79
1974 The Towering Inferno
1968 Don't Just Stand There!
1968 The Biggest Bundle of Them All
1963 The Condemned of Altona
1963 The Pink Panther
1962 The Longest Day
1961 Sail a Crooked Ship
1960 All the Fine Young Cannibals
1959 Say One For Me
1958 In Love and War
1958 Mardi Gras
1958 The Hunters
1957 Stopover Tokyo
1957 The True Story of Jesse James
1956 A Kiss Before Dying
1956 Between Heaven and Hell
1956 The Mountain
1955 White Feather
1954 Broken Lance
1954 Prince Valiant
1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
1951 Let's Make It Legal
1950 Halls of Montezuma