Robert Wagner
American actor
Robert Wagner
Robert John Wagner is an American actor of stage, screen, and television, best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–70), Switch (1975–78), and Hart to Hart (1979–84). In movies, Wagner is known for his role as Number Two in the Austin Powers films (1997, 1999, 2002). He also had a recurring role as Teddy Leopold on the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men.
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Robert Wagner honors Hollywood's legendary actresses
Fox News - 3 months
Leading man releases new book
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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'This Is Us' on NBC
LATimes - 3 months
SERIES NCIS Robert Wagner reprises the role of Tony DiNozzo Sr., who’s approached by Abby, Bishop and McGee (Pauley Perrette, Emily Wickersham, Sean Murray) about subletting his now-absent son’s apartment. 8 p.m. CBS The Flash Flashpoint causes more complications as Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is...
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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' on ABC
LATimes - 4 months
SERIES NCIS Robert Wagner reprises the role of Tony DiNozzo Sr., who’s approached by Abby, Bishop and McGee (Pauley Perrette, Emily Wickersham, Sean Murray) about subletting his now-absent son’s apartment. 8 p.m. CBS The Flash Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) needs her mom’s help in understanding...
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Natalie Wood's Daughter Didn't Want Her To Go On Fatal Boating Trip
Huffington Post - 11 months
On November 29, 1981, actress Natalie Wood died in a tragic boating accident. She drowned off the coast of Catalina Island at the age of 43.  At the time, Wood's daughter with Richard Gregson, Natasha Gregson Wagner, was just 11 years old. In the latest issue of People, Natasha, now 45, opens up about her final moments with her mom, revealing that she didn't want her to leave.  "I remember she was getting dressed and putting [her perfume] Jungle Gardenia on,” she told the magazine. "They were getting ready to go on the boat. I was hugging her and telling her I loved her and to have a great trip. She had an angora sweater on and it was very soft. That's my last memory of her." She continued, "I had a funny feeling. I don't know if it was just being a child who didn't want her mom to leave or what it was but I didn't want her to go."  Natalie set off on the boating trip with her husband at the time, Robert Wagner, and her "Brainstorm" co-star, Christopher Walken. Her deat ...
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Remembering an Early Giant in the Fight for Social Justice
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A newly published book has reminded those who care about social justice in America about one of its strongest and most effective advocates, the late James Dumpson. The book is Reflections on the American Social Welfare State by Alma Carten, and it sheds new light on the life and career of this courageous, lifelong crusader for human rights. Jim Dumpson set out in the early 1930s as a social worker, and although he took on many other assignments during the next six decades, that remained his real vocation. His timing was perfect because it was the era of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and the transformation of government's role in social and economic affairs. Dumpson became one of the most vigorous proponents of the compassionate policies Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt stood for, and a national leader in designing and administering programs to ease the lives of the nation's poorest citizens. He was the first black welfare commissioner in U.S. history and the first so ...
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Fifty Years Ago, Idlewild Airport Became JFK
The Street - about 3 years
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Fifty years ago on Tuesday, one of the most commonly used words in New York suddenly began to disappear. The word was "Idlewild," and it was the name of New York's international airport. On Dec. 24, 1963, the airport's name was changed to John F. Kennedy International Airport, commemorating a young president who had been assassinated just a month earlier. At an airport ceremony on Dec. 24, 1963, the 800 guests included JKennedy's brother Ted and sister Jean Kennedy Smith. Then-New York Mayor Robert Wagner, in his unique style, said the purpose of the gathering was to honor a man who was "a brilliant practioner of intercommunication, a young sage of understanding and a tireless searcher for peace." The airport renaming provided a rare honor that enables the former president's name to be recalled hundreds of thousands of times each day in conversations throughout the world. In the ensuing years, air travel, particularly international air travel, surged, even a ...
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Robert Wagner making a rare public appearance during Emmy week
CNN - over 3 years
Robert Wagner with his daughter Katie Wagner on tv show “NCIS”, Paul Newman and racing, Burt Bacharach and writing about old Hollywood at Doris Bergman’s much anticipated 4th Annual Style Lounge & Party in celebration of Emmy Season.
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Liz Smith: Another Disney Girl Gone Wild -- Miley Cyrus Presents the Sleaze Factor at the the Video Music Awards
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"WE NEVER really grow up. We only learn how to act in public," said singer Bryan White. • OR NOT. I was compelled out of a sense of duty to watch at least parts of MTV's Video Music Awards. (I would so much more preferred to have stuck with the new PBS production of Agatha Chrstie's classic,"The Lady Vanishes.") But then, lots of ladies vanished on the VMA's. To be more precise, there were few ladies at the VMA's and some descended to new depths of sad exhibitionism. I enjoyed Lady Gaga's energetic and multi-costumed opening of the show. She didn't do anything new, but after five years of fame, in this culture, originality comes and goes swiftly. Speaking of swift, as in Taylor Swift, this talented young woman looked beautiful, like a grown up woman -- glam and soignée. But she revealed her immaturity when seen mouthing something rude about her ex, One Direction's Harry Styles, while he was onstage giving out an award. Good grief, they only dated a couple of mo ...
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Varla Ventura: Natalie Wood's Dark Waters
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last year the LA Times reported that the case of Hollywood starlet Natalie Wood's death was reopened and is now under new investigation, officially being classified as undetermined. In February of this year it was officially ruled as"drowning and other undetermined factors." The mother of theRebel Without a Cause star, Maria Stepanovna, was a superstitious Russian woman who had been told by a fortune teller to fear "dark waters." As a child, Natalie was terrified of water, and her fear was intensified by several mysterious water-related accidents on movie sets. While shooting The Green Promise, young Natalie had to walk over a bridge during a thunderstorm. When she did, the technician flipped a switch prematurely, and the bridge collapsed, throwing Natalie into the treacherous waters and breaking her wrist. When Natalie married Robert Wagner, their honeymoon cruise was cancelled when a violent storm arose. Natalie drowned late one night in 1981 while on a yacht trip off th ...
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Scott Bridges: How to Spend a Week in Arizona, Part II: Scottsdale
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Boasting a vibrant art scene is the city the New York Times called "a desert version of Miami's South Beach," adding that it is one of the "hippest and happening" places in the country. And you won't find a better Mid-Century architecture community than this outside of Palm Springs. Scottsdale, once voted "America's Most Livable City," is essentially, as Slant3 pointed out in the comments of Part I of this article, a suburb within Greater Phoenix (and to be fair, Tucson probably does deserve its own segment - and I'll highlight one feature below). Desert sunset. (Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau) But Scottsdale has a distinct character all its own. The resort town is renowned for its first-class spas, and is practically synonymous with golf. In fact, tourism is the primary economic engine, with only New York and Las Vegas having more AAA Five-Diamond resorts. What to Do Fashion plays a prominent role in Scottsdale, and downtown ...
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Liz Smith: Hollywood's Sexiest, Savviest Lawyer -- The Legendary Greg Bautzer
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"I evaluated myself very carefully. It sounds vain and egotistical to say, but I knew I was good-looking." That was the late Greg Bautzer, Hollywood lawyer and romancer deluxe. • Bautzer is the subject of a fascinating new biography, The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer by B. James Gladstone and published by The Chicago Review Press. Youngsters don't get it, but the middle-class Greg was a genuine symbol of his times and also of genuine all-American ambition and know-how-to-get-what-you-want! When he arrived in Los Angeles, he spent nearly all his cash on an impressive wardrobe. He charmed waiters and maitre d's into seating him at the very best tables at the very best Hollywood cafes and nightclubs. ("Presto! I was a celebrity!" he would recall of those early years as a lusted-after ornament.) As a teenager he had already shown a remarkable ability for the oratory and a flair for distinct and succinct writing structure. He was smart ...
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Did Hollywood star Natalie Wood walk in on husband Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken having sex ... (Daily Mail)
Wesmirch.com - almost 4 years
Daily Mail: Did Hollywood star Natalie Wood walk in on husband Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken having sex on the night she drowned?  — A log has been uncovered that suggests Wagner and Walken were engaged in a sexual act when Wood walked in on them on the night she died
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Rozanne Gold: Ed Koch's First Chef
Huffington Post - about 4 years
When I was 24 years old I moved into Gracie Mansion to live with Ed Koch. The year was 1977 and my boss-to-be had just become the Mayor of New York City. Previously, I had done a cooking stint with former Mayor Robert Wagner at his law firm and it was he who recommended me to Ed. The new Mayor, with no wife in sight, would no doubt need someone to prepare his meals and entertain his special guests. In that capacity I lived in the basement of the big white house and woke up at 5 a.m. every day to squeeze his Hizzoner's grapefruit juice and sometimes scramble a few eggs. I spent the rest of the day shopping, prepping and cooking dinner. Sometimes it was an intimate meal for the Mayor and a handful of colleagues, other times it was to organize a big bash for political cronies, prepare for the arrival of President Jimmy Carter (I made a peanut cheesecake and put it next to his bed), or help blowtorch the kitchen to get it ready for Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his I ...
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Robert Wagner Refuses to Speak to Police About Natalie Wood Case
ABC News - about 4 years
Clayton Sandell has the latest information on one of Hollywood's most famous mysteries.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Wagner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 81
    He was set to star as Charlie in the 2011 reboot of Charlie's Angels, but due to scheduling conflicts, had to exit the project.
    More Details Hide Details In his memoirs, Wagner revealed he has had affairs with Yvonne De Carlo, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Anita Ekberg, Shirley Anne Field, Lori Nelson and Joan Collins. He had a four-year romantic relationship with Barbara Stanwyck after they acted together in the movie Titanic (1953). Because of the age difference – he was 22, she was 45 – they kept the affair secret in order to avoid damage to their careers.
    As of June 2011, Guardian First Funding was acquired by Urban Financial Group, who continue to use Mr. Wagner as their spokesperson.
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  • 2008
    Age 78
    Wagner's autobiography, Pieces of My Heart: A Life, written with author Scott Eyman, was published on September 23, 2008.
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    His most recent appearances on the show were in May 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Wagner has guest-starred as Tony's father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr., in eight episodes of NCIS: "Flesh and Blood" (2010), "Broken Arrow" (2010), "Sins of the Father" (2011), "You Better Watch Out" (2012), "Dressed to Kill" (2014), "The Artful Dodger" (2015), "No Good Deed" (2015) and "Reasonable Doubts" (2016).
  • 2007
    Age 77
    In 2007, Wagner had a role in the BBC/AMC series Hustle.
    More Details Hide Details In season four's premiere, Wagner played a crooked Texan being taken for half a million dollars. As Wagner is considered "a suave icon of American caper television, including It Takes a Thief and Hart to Hart", Robert Glenister (Hustles fixer, Ash Morgan) commented that "to have one of the icons of that period involved is a great bonus for all of us". Wagner 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 of a rich suitor to the main characters' mother on the sitcom Two and a Half Men.
  • 2006
    Age 76
    On September 21, 2006, he became a first-time grandfather when Katie Wagner, his daughter with Marion Marshall, gave birth to her son Riley John Wagner-Lewis.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2011, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reopened its investigation into Natalie Wood's death after the captain of the boat, Dennis Davern, told NBC News that he lied to police during the initial investigation and that a fight between Wood and Wagner had led to her drowning. After nine months of further investigation, Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran amended Wood's death certificate and changed the cause of her death from accidental drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors". The amended document also states that the circumstances of how Wood ended up in the water are "not clearly established." The police however have stated that Wagner is not a suspect in the case.
  • 1999
    Age 69
    In 1999, an altercation occurred between Wagner's former sister-in-law Lana Wood and St. John, who had both appeared in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, at a Vanity Fair shoot in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details When photographer Annie Leibovitz asked for a picture of St. John and Wood together, St. John was so adamantly opposed to the idea that it reduced Wood to tears. Her publicist, however, said it was he who vetoed the photo: "I know Wagner family would rather not have the current Mrs. Wagner shot with Natalie's sister."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 52
    Wagner and actress Jill St. John became an item in February 1982. After eight years together, they married on May 26, 1990.
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  • 1981
    Age 51
    On November 29, 1981, Natalie Wood drowned near their yacht Splendour while it was moored near Catalina Island; also on board were Wagner, Christopher Walken, who was co-starring with her in the motion picture Brainstorm, and Dennis Davern, a captain.
    More Details Hide Details Wagner subsequently became the legal guardian of Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson, then eleven. He is estranged from his former sister-in-law, Lana Wood.
  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 44
    Their only child together, Courtney Wagner, was born on March 9, 1974.
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  • 1972
    Age 42
    In early 1972, Wagner reconnected with Natalie Wood and remarried her on July 16, 1972 after a six-month courtship.
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  • 1971
    Age 41
    In 1971, Wagner was engaged to Tina Sinatra.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 37
    In 1967, Lew Wasserman convinced Wagner to make his television series debut in It Takes a Thief.
    More Details Hide Details While the success of The Pink Panther and Harper began Wagner's comeback, the successful two-and-a-half seasons of his first TV series completed it. In this series, he acted with Fred Astaire, who played his father. Wagner was a longtime friend of Astaire, having gone to school with Astaire's eldest son, Peter. Wagner's friend and agent Albert Broccoli suggested that he audition to play James Bond, but he decided it was not right for him. In 1972, he produced and cast himself opposite Bette Davis in the television movie Madame Sin, which was released in foreign markets as a feature film, and was a regular in the BBC/Universal World War II prisoner-of-war drama Colditz for much of its run. He reunited with McQueen, along with Paul Newman and Faye Dunaway, in the disaster film The Towering Inferno released in the same year.
  • 1963
    Age 33
    Wagner and Marshall married on July 22, 1963, in the Bronx Courthouse. Soon after, they had a daughter, Katie Wagner (born May 11, 1964). They divorced on October 14, 1971 after eight years of marriage.
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    While working on location in Europe, Wagner reconnected with an old friend, actress Marion Marshall. In the spring of 1963, after a brief courtship, Wagner, Marshall, and her two children from her marriage to Stanley Donen moved back to America.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 27
    On December 28, 1957, Wagner married 19-year-old actress Natalie Wood. They separated in June 1961 and divorced on April 27, 1962.
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    In 1957 he starred with Jeffrey Hunter in The True Story of Jesse James.
    More Details Hide Details Following his Fox contract Wagner moved to Europe. In 1960 Wagner signed with Columbia Pictures for three films, but only two were made; Sail a Crooked Ship (1961) with Ernie Kovacs and The War Lover (1962), opposite Steve McQueen, which was filmed in England. Roles soon followed in continental Europe such as The Condemned of Altona (1962), The Longest Day (1962) and The Pink Panther (1963) starring David Niven and Peter Sellers for Blake Edwards. Edwards wanted Wagner for the lead in The Great Race (1965) but Jack L. Warner overruled him. Wagner signed with Universal Studios in 1966 starring in the films How I Spent My Summer Vacation, a made-for-TV movie released in the United Kingdom as Deadly Roulette, and Banning (1967).
  • 1956
    Age 26
    In 1956, A Kiss Before Dying (in a rare villainous role), Between Heaven and Hell, and he co-starred opposite Spencer Tracy in The Mountain, again playing an unsavory character.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 19
    He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details After an unsuccessful screen test directed by Fred Zinnemann for his film Teresa, Wagner was represented by Albert R. Broccoli as his agent. He made his film debut in The Happy Years (1950). He was signed by agent Henry Willson and put under contract with 20th Century-Fox, where he gained attention with a small but showy part as a shell-shocked soldier in With a Song in My Heart (1952). This led to starring roles in a series of films, including: with veteran actor Clifton Webb, Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) and Titanic (1953), Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953), Prince Valiant (1954), and White Feather (1955, with Debra Paget and Jeffrey Hunter).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 0
    Wagner was born February 10, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Hazel Alvera (née Boe), a telephone operator, and Robert John Wagner, Sr., a traveling salesman who worked for the Ford Motor Company. His paternal grandparents were born in Germany. and his maternal grandparents were Norwegian. Wagner has a sister, Mary.
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