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A brief about Robert Wagner
Robert John Wagner Jr. was born in 1930. He is an American actor of television, stage, screen and is best known for starring in the TV Shows, ‘It Takes a Thief’ which was aired from 1968 to 1970, ‘Switch’ which was aired from 1975 to 1978 and ‘Hart to Hart’ which was aired from 1979 to 1984. Wagner also appeared in a recurring role as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. on the police procedural NCIS. Wagner has also acted in many movies in his career including, ‘Austin Powers trilogy of Films’ in the years 1997, 1999 and 2002. He has also acted in the movie, ‘A Kiss Before Dying’, ‘The Pink Panther’, ‘Harper’, ‘The Towering inferno’ and many more. Robert Wagner has also released an autobiography of his life, ‘Pieces of My Heart: A Life’ co-authored with Scott Eyman, in 2008. Wagner was born in Detroit, Michigan to parents Hazel Alvera, a telephone operator and Robert John Wagner, Sr., a salesman. Wagner has a sister named Mary. He graduated from Saint Monica Catholic High School in 1949. Wagner initially in his career had an unsuccessful screen test for the film, Teresa. He was later represented by Albert R. Broccoli. His film debut came with the movie, ‘The Happy Years’ in 1950 and he later signed a contract with the 20th Century Fox. Wagner did his first film for Fox called, ‘Halls of Montezuma’ in 1951 which was a World War Two Film. He came in supporting roles in two more movies in 1951, ‘The Frogmen’ and ‘Let’s Make It Legal’. His appearance in the 1952 movie, ‘With a Song in My Heart’ got his recognition. He later appeared in a lead role under the Fox banner with movies like, ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ in 1952. Other films like ‘What Price Glory’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘The Silver Whip’ soon followed in 1953. His work as the lead star in the movie, ‘Beneath the 12-Mile Reef’ was not much appreciated but the movie was a hit being the third ever to be shot in CinemaScope. 1954 saw Robert Wagner appearing in the movies, ‘Western, Broken Lance’ and ‘Prince Valiant’. ‘White Feather’ was released in 1955. Wagner had reached a stage in his career, where he was continuously shooting for his movies either in a lead role or in a supporting rol6. e. Paramount borrowed Wagner from Century Fox to cast him in the movie, ‘The Mountain’ in 1956. He then appeared in the movie, ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ in 1956 which earned him critical acclaim. His later films continued to have poor reviews and in 1959 he disparaged the film. Other films followed with Robert Wagner playing a supporting role like ‘The Hunters’, ‘In Love and War’, ‘Mardi Gras’ and ‘Say One for Me’ in 1958 and 1959. He tried to give an impetus to his career by appearing with his then-wife Natalie Wood in ‘All the Fine Young Cannibals’ in 1960 but the movie did not do well. He later signed with Columbia Pictures for movies, ‘Sail a Crooked Ship’ in 1961 and ‘The War Lover’ in 1962. By then his marriage to his first wife, Natalie Wood had broken up and he relocated to Europe. Some small and some large roles followed in 1962. His next big hit, ‘The Pink Panther’ came in 1963. He next returned to Hollywood and signed with Universal Studios in 1966 for the films, ‘How I Spent My Summer Vacation’ which was a television movie. Robert Wagner has mentioned in his memoirs that he has had several affairs with many women including, Yvonne De Carlo, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Anita Ekberg, Shirley Anne Field, Lori Nelson, Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Collins. He married 19-year-old actress, Natalie Wood in 1957. They divorced in 1962. He later connected with an old friend, Marion Marshall and moved back with her and her two children from a previous marriage to America. They married in 1963. The couple had a daughter, Katie Wagner in 1964. They divorced in 1971. Soon Wagner got engaged to Tina Sinatra the same year. In 1972, Wagner reconnected with her first ex wife, Natalie Wood and remarried her in 1972. They had a daughter, Courtney Wagner in 1974. Natalie Wood drowned and died in 1981 near their yacht while it was moored near Catalina Island. Wagner was on board with a few others. Wagner later married actress Jill St. John in 1990. In 2011, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened its investigation into Natalie Wood’s death after some revelation by the caption of the boat. He said that Wood drowned after an argument between Wagner and Wood. After much questioning and further investigation, Wagner was named “A Person of Interest” in the death of Natalie Wood by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
In 1967, Wagner made his television series debut in ‘It Takes a Thief’. He got an Emmy nomination for Best TV Actor for this series. He was a regular in the prisoner-of-war drama, ‘Colditz’ which was aired from 1972 to 74. Wagner’s television career was at its peak in 1970’s with the TV Show, ‘Switch’ aired from 1975 to 78. Wagner appeared in the series, ‘Hart to Hart’ aired from 1979 to 1984. He also played an insurance investigator in the TV series ‘Lime Street’ in 1985 but the show did not last long. In 2007, Wagner had a role in the television series ‘Hustle’. Wagner has guest-starred in ten episodes of NCIS as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr.
Net worth of Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner has a net worth of $15 million.