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Robert Wagner (1930)

Robert John Wagner

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Robert John Wagner is an American actor of stage, screen, and television.

A veteran of many films in the 1950s and '60s, Wagner gained prominence in three American television series that spanned three decades: 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 . He also had a recurring role as Teddy Leopold on the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Wagner's autobiography, Pieces of My Heart: A Life, written with author Scott Eyman, was published on September 23, 2008.

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 early life and career
Wagner was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Hazel Alvera (née Boe), a telephone operator, and Robert John Wagner, a traveling salesman who worked for the Ford Motor Company. His paternal grandparents were born in Germany. Wagner made his film debut in The Happy Years . 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 shellshocked soldier in With a Song in My Heart . This led to star roles in a series of films including Beneath the 12-Mile Reef and Prince Valiant , and White Feather , A Kiss Before Dying and Between Heaven and Hell .

Wagner appeared with veteran actor Clifton Webb in Stars and Stripes Forever and Titanic . Wagner starred opposite Steve McQueen in The War Lover . Roles soon followed in The Condemned of Altona and The Pink Panther.

 personal life
In his memoirs, Wagner claims to have had affairs with Yvonne de Carlo, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Anita Ekberg, Shirley Ann Field and Joan Collins. He had a four-year romantic relationship with Barbara Stanwyck after they acted together in the movie Titanic . Because of the age difference – he was 22, she was 45 – they kept the affair secret to avoid damage to their careers.

At 27, Wagner became involved with teenage actress Natalie Wood and married her on December 28, 1957. The couple soon became involved in financial troubles. At Fox, Wagner's career was slowly being overtaken by actors such as Marlon Brando and Paul Newman. Wagner and Wood separated in September 1961 and divorced on April 27, 1962. Wagner, with his career stalled because of a lack of studio support, broke his studio contract with 20th Century Fox and moved to Europe in search of better film roles.

While in Europe he met 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. Wagner and Marshall married on July 22, 1963, in the Bronx Courthouse. Soon after, they had a daughter, Katie Wagner . The two were together for nearly nine years before they separated in late 1970. They were divorced on April 26, 1971. Wagner then had a relationship with Tina Sinatra in 1971.

Wagner kept in contact with Natalie Wood, whose short-lived marriage to Richard Gregson ended in early 1972. Wagner remarried her on July 16, 1972. Their only child, Courtney Wagner, was born on March 9, 1974. On November 29, 1981, Natalie Wood drowned near their yacht Splendour while it was moored near Catalina Island; also on board were Wagner and Christopher Walken, who was co-starring with her in the motion picture Brainstorm. Wagner subsequently became the legal guardian of Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson. He is estranged from Natalie Wood's sister Lana Wood, who claims Wagner refused to let her see her nieces after Natalie Wood's death. In November 2011, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reopened its investigation into Wood's death. Wagner is not considered a suspect.

In early 1982, Wagner began a relationship with actress Jill St. John, who coincidentally was a childhood acquaintance of Natalie Wood and Wagner's Hart to Hart co-star Stefanie Powers, as well as starring alongside Natalie's sister Lana Wood in Diamonds Are Forever. The couple had first met years earlier on a film set when St. John was a teenager. After an eight-year courtship, they were married on May 26, 1990. On September 21, 2006, he became a first time grandfather when his daughter, Katie, gave birth to a son, Riley Wagner-Lewis.

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