Robert Wagner


Actor
Robert Wagner

About

Also Known As
Robert J Wagner, Robert John Wagner
Birth Place
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Born
February 10, 1930

Biography

The epitome of the handsome and debonair Hollywood star, actor Robert Wagner – known to friends as "R.J." – played romantic heroes and upstanding young men in a string of mostly unmemorable 1950s and 1960s-era features, before finding lasting fame as one of television's smoothest leading men. Wagner brought old-school class to the ABC action drama "It Takes a Thief" (ABC, 1968-1970) and,...

Family & Companions

Natalie Wood
Wife
Actor. Married December 28, 1957, divorced c. 1962; married again July 16, 1972 until her death (by accidental drowning) on November 29, 1981.
Marion Marshall
Wife
Actor. Married July 21, 1963; divorced 1971.
Jill St John
Wife
Actor. Married May 26, 1990; previously together for eight years.

Biography

The epitome of the handsome and debonair Hollywood star, actor Robert Wagner – known to friends as "R.J." – played romantic heroes and upstanding young men in a string of mostly unmemorable 1950s and 1960s-era features, before finding lasting fame as one of television's smoothest leading men. Wagner brought old-school class to the ABC action drama "It Takes a Thief" (ABC, 1968-1970) and, more importantly, showed a knack for light comedy with his roles in "Switch" (CBS, 1975-1980) and "Hart to Hart" (ABC, 1979-1984). He also made headlines in his personal life; most notably for being one-half of one of Hollywood's most beloved couples after marrying the beautiful Natalie Wood not once, but twice. It was her mysterious death by drowning in November 1981 which sealed their legend and caused an outpouring of love and support for the actor. This goodwill carried over year after year as the veteran actor aged gracefully, settled into a happy marriage with actress Jill St. John, and was always welcomed warmly with numerous appearances on both the big and small screens; most memorably as Mike Meyer's Number Two in the "Austin Powers" film franchise.

Born Robert John Wagner Jr. on Feb. 10, 1930 in Detroit, MI, Wagner's father was a steel industry executive, leaving the family to relocate to Los Angeles when he was in grade school. He was expected to follow in his father's footsteps, but after a turn in drag (as Priscilla Alden) in a high school production of "The Courtship of Miles Standish," Wagner began to think about acting as his profession. A job at the Bel-Air Country Club, where he caddied to such stars as Clark Gable, gave him further inspiration, so he announced to his father than he intended to become an actor. Robert Wagner Sr. gave his son an ultimatum: he would have one year to find success in Hollywood or quit and get into the steel business. Fortunately for Wagner Jr., his first job came shortly after his father's declaration with a bit part in "The Happy Years" (1950). More small roles followed, but his appearance as a hospitalized paratrooper in "With a Song in My Heart" (1952), about American singer Jane Froman (Susan Hayward), led to a contract with 20th Century Fox.

Supporting roles in notable films like John Ford's "What Price Glory" (1952) and the John Phillip Sousa biopic "Stars and Stripes Forever" (1953), for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination, eventually led to starring roles – though pictures like "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef" (1953) and "Prince Valiant" (1954) asked little more of him than to look handsome. It took the intervention of actor Spencer Tracy to pull him out of the teen idol doldrums. The much respected Tracy took the young man under his wing and asked that he be cast as his son Joseph, who is tormented by his brothers for being half Native-American, in the dramatic Western "Broken Lance" (1954). The opportunity led to other substantial parts for Wagner, including "A Kiss Before Dying" (1956), which had him playing against type as a psychotic killer, and "Between Heaven and Hell," for which he played a wealthy playboy who undergoes an emotional transformation during World War II.

Wagner underwent a transformation of his own in 1956 when he became involved with another up-and-coming talent, former child actress ("Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)), Natalie Wood. The attractive pair was splashed across numerous magazine covers, and their marriage in 1957 earned them even further press. But their personal lives and careers floundered. Despite having proven his talents, Wagner's status as a leading man faltered in the late '50s and early '60s, and after Wood's contract was suspended for refusing to appear in a film in Europe, the couple experienced significant financial difficulties. The pressures caused a strain on their marriage, and Wagner and Wood eventually divorced in 1962. They would later admit that they were simply too young to get married. Extremely distraught, Wagner fled to Europe, where he appeared as a soldier in the war epic, "The Longest Day" (1962). While there, he met and became involved with a fellow actor, Marion Marshall. The new couple was married in 1963, and a daughter, Katie, followed in 1964.

Wagner's film career slowed considerably during the 1960s. He enjoyed a few notable projects, including "The Pink Panther" (1963) – he was blinded for a month after an accident on the set involving industrial cleaning agents – and two films with Paul Newman – "Harper" (1966) and the racing drama "Winning" (1969) – but for the most part, he was tapped for his good looks and resonant voice in forgettable movies like "Don't Just Stand There!" (1968) and "The Biggest Bundle of Them All" (1969). In 1968, he took the supposed step down by signing on to his first television series with "It Takes a Thief." As a suave burglar turned spy, Wagner's looks and charm were a considerable asset. Although the show lasted just two seasons, it gave his star a considerable boost, earning him his second Golden Globe nomination and first Emmy nod.

From 1970, Wagner worked constantly and almost exclusively on television, guesting on series like "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77) and the acclaimed World War II drama, "Colditz" (BBC, 1972-74). He also reunited romantically with Wood after a chance encounter in 1971. Though Wood was married and with a daughter at the time (future actress Natasha Gregson Wagner), the couple reignited their relationship, and, to the delight of true romance fans everywhere, remarried in 1972. Their only biological child together, daughter Courtney, was born in 1974. Finally happy together, Wagner and Wood appeared in several highly regarded television projects, most notably a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1976) with Laurence Olivier as Big Daddy. Wagner also made several theatrical features during this period, including the star-packed "The Towering Inferno" (1974) and "Midway" (1976). In addition to all his responsibilities, he found time to dabble in TV production, offering up to producer Aaron Spelling an idea he and Wood had conjured up; an idea which blossomed into the iconic jiggle show of them all: "Charlie's AngelEs" (ABC, 1976-1981).

In 1975, Wagner starred in his second series, "Switch," a drama co-starring his lifelong friend Eddie Albert, whom he had met on the set of "The Longest Day." The pair played detectives who specialized in elaborate cons to trap criminals. A relatively popular series, it lasted two seasons before ending its network run in 1978. The following year, Wagner signed on to play millionaire Jonathan Hart, who dabbled in detective work with his wife Jennifer (Stephanie Powers), in "Hart to Hart." Created by novelist Sidney Sheldon and produced by Aaron Spelling, the series was glossy, campy fun and a huge hit. Wagner earned numerous Golden Globe and Emmy nods for his tongue-in-cheek work.

On Nov. 29, 1981, Wagner endured a terrible tragedy when Wood drowned while the couple was sailing off the coast of Catalina Island. After much investigation, it was deemed an accidental death, with an intoxicated Wood supposedly falling into the water after attempting to leave their yacht, Splendor, and enter the boat's rubber dinghy. Weighted down with a thick down coat and legally inebriated, she had struggled to get into the dinghy, but was unable. Her body was found the next day, floating face down near the island; the dinghy washed up on shore not far away. Almost immediately, allegations of infidelity between Wood and their passenger, her "Brainstorm" (1983) co-star Christopher Walken, as well as allegations made in a tell-all biography by Wood's sister Lana Wood, led to Wagner disappearing from public view for several years. He was too devastated by his loss, as well as disgusted by the rampant speculation in the press regarding so-called sordid details of Wood's tragic death. When "Hart to Hart" ended its network run in 1983, Wagner was only too content to concentrate solely on raising his three daughters.

But Wagner's popularity did not allow him to stay away for too long. By 1985, he was appearing regularly in episodic series and TV movies, including the short-lived drama series, "Lime Street" (CBS, 1985), which was touched by tragedy when, only a few episodes in, Wagner's onscreen daughter, Samantha Smith, died in a plane crash, hastening the series' demise. He hosted "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) in 1989, and appeared in a string of popular "Hart to Hart" reunion TV movies between 1993-96. Wagner also took time from his newly busy schedule in 1990 to marry actress and long-time girlfriend, Jill St. John, with whom he appeared in many stage productions for charity. Still undeniably handsome as he reached his sixth decade, Wagner settled comfortably into the role of "old Hollywood pro," contributing numerous supporting turns in big budget films like "Wild Things" (1997), "Crazy in Alabama" (1999) and "Play It To The Bone" (1999). He even parodied his own smooth-as-silk image, starring as the diabolical but dense Number Two, henchman to Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997), "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999), and briefly in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002). In the latter film, Wagner shared the role with Rob Lowe, who played a younger version of Number Two and who offered a note-perfect imitation of Wagner's plummy voice and gentlemanly demeanor.

Wagner remained exceptionally busy for the next few years, appearing on countless television shows and providing his unique perspective on Hollywood for many show business documentaries. He also served as the host for the "Hour of Stars" (Fox Movie Channel, 2002- ), which showcased episodes from the TV anthology series "The 20th Century Fox Hour" (CBS, 1955-57), on which Wagner had once appeared. Long considered one of the most pleasant and friendly men in the entertainment business, Wagner showed an aggressive side in 2000, when he sued Aaron Spelling Productions for breach of contract over his participation in a failed revival of "Charlie's Angels" called "Angels 88." He filed suit again in 2003 for profits from the "Angels" theatrical features, but a California appeals court ruled against him in 2007. Back onscreen and staying contemporary for the kiddies, Wagner made memorable guest appearances on hit shows like "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2002-08), "Hope & Faith" (ABC, 2003-06) and "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08). In 2011, the 81-year-old actor was brought back into the spotlight when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reopened Natalie Wood's drowning case, based on new information brought forward by various sources, including the Splendour captain, Dennis Davern, who alleged Wagner was in some way responsible for his wife's death. Investigators insisted Wagner was not a suspect. The actor released a statement that said, in part, that he and the Wagner family would cooperate with any new investigation, but hoped that certain people were not just cashing in on the 30th anniversary of Wood's death.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Fair Week (1924)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

What Happened to Monday? (2017)
Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015)
Himself
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
Northpole (2014)
Making the Boys (2009)
A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007)
Man in the Chair (2007)
Hoot (2006)
Everyone's Hero (2006)
Voice
The Fallen Ones (2005)
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
Himself
Sol Goode (2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Becoming Dick (2000)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Play it to the Bone (1999)
Dill Scallion (1999)
Fatal Error (1999)
Albert Teal
No Vacancy (1999)
Tiara Tango (1999)
Crazy in Alabama (1999)
Wild Things (1998)
Overdrive (1998)
Freddie
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
CLARK GABLE: TALL, DARK, AND HANDSOME (1996)
Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (1995)
Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (1994)
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (1994)
Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (1994)
Jonathan Hart
Parallel Lives (1994)
Deep Trouble (1993)
Charles Madigan
Hart to Hart Returns (1993)
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
The Player (1992)
Himself
This Gun for Hire (1991)
Delirious (1991)
William Holden: The Golden Boy (1989)
Indiscreet (1988)
Love Among Thieves (1987)
Mike Chambers
The Spencer Tracy Legacy (1986)
There Must Be a Pony (1986)
To Catch a King (1984)
I Am the Cheese (1983)
Dr Brint
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
Hart to Hart (1979)
Jonathan Hart
The Concorde--Airport '79 (1979)
Midway (1976)
Death at Love House (1976)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976)
Brick
Switch (1975)
Pete Ryan
The Abduction of Saint Anne (1975)
Dave Hatcher
The Towering Inferno (1974)
Madame Sin (1972)
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
David J Farr
Killer By Night (1972)
City Beneath The Sea (1971)
Crosscurrent (1971)
Howard Mcbride
Winning (1969)
Luther Erding
The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968)
Harry
Don't Just Stand There! (1968)
Lawrence Colby
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967)
Jack Washington
Banning (1967)
Mike Banning
Harper (1966)
Alan Taggert
The Pink Panther (1964)
George Lytton
The Condemned of Altona (1963)
Werner
Sail a Crooked Ship (1962)
Gilbert Barrows
The War Lover (1962)
Editor Bolland
The Longest Day (1962)
Ranger
All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)
Chad Bixby
Say One for Me (1959)
Tony Vincent
Mardi Gras (1958)
Himself
In Love and War (1958)
Frankie O'Neill
The Hunters (1958)
Lt. Editor Pell
Stopover Tokyo (1957)
Mark Fannon
The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
Jesse James
Between Heaven and Hell (1956)
Sam Francis Gifford
The Mountain (1956)
Chris Teller
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Bud Corliss
White Feather (1955)
Josh Tanner
Broken Lance (1954)
Joe Devereaux
Prince Valiant (1954)
Prince Valiant
The Silver Whip (1953)
Jess Harker
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
Tony Pertakis
Titanic (1953)
Gifford Rogers
What Price Glory (1952)
Lewisohn
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)
Willie Little
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
Paratrooper
The Frogmen (1951)
Lt. J. G. Franklin
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
Coffman
Let's Make It Legal (1951)
Jerry Denham
The Happy Years (1950)
Adams

Writer (Feature Film)

Anybody Here Seen Kelly? (1928)
Adaptation
Ladies at Ease (1927)
Cont
Ladies at Ease (1927)
Scen
Heads Up (1925)
Cont
Smilin' at Trouble (1925)
Story
Smudge (1922)
Story
Smudge (1922)
Scen
Is a Mother To Blame? (1922)
Scen
R. S. V. P. (1921)
Story
A Yoke of Gold (1916)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (1995)
Executive Producer
Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (1994)
Executive Producer
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (1994)
Executive Producer
Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (1994)
Executive Producer
Hart to Hart Returns (1993)
Executive Producer
There Must Be a Pony (1986)
Executive Producer
Madame Sin (1972)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Hollywood Homicide (2003)
Other
The Player (1992)
Other

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor (2002)
The Story of the Masters (2001)
Narration
The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards (2001)
Performer
Eddie Albert: A Passion For Life (2001)
Intimate Portrait: Sharon Gless (2001)
Lana Turner: A Daughter's Memoir (2001)
Narrator
Paul Newman - Bravo Profile (2001)
Dominick Dunne: Murder He Wrote (2001)
Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters (2000)
Intimate Portrait: Stefanie Powers (1999)
Interviewee
James Bacon: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999)
Interviewee
Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil (1999)
Canned Ham: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Steve McQueen: King of Cool (1998)
20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years (1997)
Joan Collins: A Personal Dynasty (1997)
Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line (1997)
Interviewee
Intimate Portrait: Bette Davis (1996)
Intimate Portrait: Natalie Wood (1996)
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen (1995)
Interviewee
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995)
Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker (1995)
Debbie Reynolds (1995)
51st Annual Golden Globe Awards (1994)
Presenter
Elizabeth Taylor (1993)
TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special (1993)
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
The 41st Annual Emmy Awards (1989)
Performer
1988 Golden Globe Awards (1989)
Performer
Remembering Marilyn (1988)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
Hollywood's Favorite Heavy: Businessmen on Primetime TV (1987)
The American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck (1987)
Performer
The 39th Annual Emmy Awards (1987)
Performer
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards (1986)
Performer
The Stuntman Awards (1986)
Guest
The ABC All-Star Spectacular (1985)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards (1985)
Performer
The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala (1985)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Pink Panther Thanksgiving Gala (1982)
The American Film Institute Salute to John Ford (1973)
Performer
Love! Love! Love! (1972)
Host
You Can't Do That On Television (1968)
Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Category 7: The End of the World (2005)
Mystery Woman (2003)
Jack Stenning
The Retrievers (2001)
Rocket's Red Glare (2000)
Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart (1996)
Harts in High Season (1996)
Two Harts in 3/4 Time (1995)
John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III (1994)
Jewels (1992)
False Arrest (1991)
Ron Lukezic
Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Windmills Of The Gods (1988)
The Critical List (1978)
Dr Nick Sloan
Pearl (1978)

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart (1996)
Executive Producer
Harts in High Season (1996)
Executive Producer
Two Harts in 3/4 Time (1995)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1950

Made his film debut in "The Happy Years"

1968

Played Alexander Mundy on the ABC spy series "It Takes a Thief"

1972

First producer credit, as executive producer of the TV-movie "Madame Sin" (ABC), also starred opposite Bette Davis

1975

Played Pete Ryan (a former thief) opposite Eddie Albert (as a retired cop) on the CBS detective drama "Switch"

1976

Co-starred with wife Natalie Wood in televised adaptation of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (NBC)

1979

Played Jonathan Hart opposite Stefanie Powers on the ABC detective series "Hart to Hart"

1985

Executive produced (along with Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason) and starred on the short-lived adventure series "Lime Street" (ABC)

1991

First feature film in eight years, "Delirious"

1993

Reunited with Powers for the NBC TV-movie "Hart to Hart Returns"

1994

Appeared in the historical miniseries "Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III" (ABC)

1997

Played villainous right-hand man Number Two in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"

1999

Returned as Number Two in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"

2002

Reprised role of Number Two in "Austin Powers in Goldmember"

2002

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2006

Guest starred on the two-hour season finale of ABC's "Boston Legal"

2007

Co-starred in "Man in the Chair"

2007

Landed a recurring guest role on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS)

2009

Acted in the family drama "The Wild Stallion"

2010

Guest starred on "NCIS" (CBS)

2014

Appeared in the lowbrow comedy "The Hungover Games"

2017

Had an uncredited role in "What Happened to Monday"

Photo Collections

A Kiss Before Dying - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from A Kiss Before Dying (1956), starring Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - If Certain Details Were Omitted Characters discussed but never seen before the murder (disguised as suicide) of Dory (Joanne Woodward), George MacReady her father, Virginia Leith her sister, Howard Petrie the police chief and Jeffrey Hunter, whom we have met, as the college tutor and weirdly, we learn, also part-time cop Gordon, with the culprit (Robert Wagner as “Bud” Corliss) lurking in Tucson’s El Presidio Park, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Broken Lance (1954) - The Governor Wants To See You Emerging from a deep dark prison to 20th Century-Fox Cinemascope Technicolor, Robert Wagner as Joe Devereaux gets escorted (by John Epper) to the see the governor at the state capitol, stopping to gaze at a portrait of his dad (Spencer Tracy), opening Edward Dmytryk’s burly Western Broken Lance, 1954.
Broken Lance (1954) - Stay Close To Me Director Edward Dmytryk staging a tense prelude to a big action piece, Spencer Tracy as rancher Devereaux with his sons (Richard Widmark, Hugh O’Brian, Earl Holliman and Robert Wagner as Joe) confronts McAndrews (Robert Burton), boss of the copper mine that’s poisoning his cattle, in Broken Lance, 1954.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - You've Concealed It Wonderfully Gobbling up more Tucson scenery, Virginia Leith as Ellen, wealthy sister of Dorothy (Joanne Woodward), whose murder has been officially ruled a suicide, receives a memento, then a phone call (from Bud, Robert Wagner, who committed the murder, and who is apparently now dating her!), then clashes with her cruel father (George MacReady), in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - Your Diabolic Spell Shooting on location near the Guadalupe Peak Trail outside Tucson, Virginia Leith as heiress Ellen is now totally ensnared by Robert Wagner as Bud, who now has not only sold his murder of her sister as a suicide, but also now killed the guy he set up for having driven her to it, in the byzantine A Kiss Before Dying, 1956, from an Ira Levin novel.
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) - Take The Pretty Boys Tab Hunter, with commentary from friends and fellow actors Darryl Hickman, Don Murray and Robert Wagner, on how he met his first agent, Henry Wilson, got his screen name, and his first starring role, in the acclaimed documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, 2015.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - He Knew I Was Lying Following the credits and almost all in one take (by career A-D Gerd Oswald in his first outing as a director) college man Bud (Robert Wagner) has a slippery attitude already in place as well-to-do townie girlfriend Dorothy (Joanne Woodward) tells him she's pregnant, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - Always The Girls' Fault Shiftless B-M-O-C Bud (Robert Wagner) meets pregnant girlfriend, whom he calls "Doree" (Joanne Woodward), who wants to set a wedding date, still playing it cagey, and maybe taking a stab at accidentally killing her (?), early in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956, from the Ira Levin novel.
Titanic (1953) - When I Was One And Twenty Day two of the voyage, Thelma Ritter as the "Molly Brown" character placing a bet, Robert Wagner as "Giff" approaching Barbara Stanwyck as "Mrs. Sturgess," fortuitously reading from A.E. Houseman's A Shropshire Lad, about her daughter, her husband (Clifton Webb) non-plussed, in Titanic, 1953.
Let's Make It Legal (1951) - I'm Am Eligible Bachelor Too Nearly-divorced hotel exec Hugh (MacDonald Carey) with daughter Barbara (Bates) who hopes he’ll reconcile with her mom, visited by Marilyn Monroe (swim-suited in her first scene) then her husband Jerry (Robert Wagner), his employee, shooting on location at the Hotel Miramar, Santa Monica, in Let’s Make It Legal, 1951.
Let's Make It Legal (1951) - No Staying Power With daughter Barbara (Bates) and son-in-law Jerry (Robert Wagner) observing, almost-divorced Hugh (MacDonald Carey) has wife Miriam (Claudette Colbert) almost convinced he’s quit gambling when the phone rings, leaving a path for back-in-town ex-beau Victor (Zachary Scott), in Let’s Make It Legal, 1951.
Let's Make It Legal (1951) - That Was Before We Were Married First scene for improbably handsome Robert (“R-J”) Wagner as Jerry, spouse of drowsy Barbara (Bates) who, we learn, is more comfortable than he about living with her mother (Claudette Colbert as Miriam), whose divorce is about to become official, and whose gardener (Jim Hayward) just tangled with her husband, early in Let’s Make It Legal, 1951.

Trailer

Harper - (Original Trailer) A broken-down private eye (Paul Newman) sets out to find a rich woman's missing husband in Harper (1966).
With A Song In My Heart - (Original Trailer) Singer Jane Froman (Susan Hayward) comes back after a plane crash in the biopic With A Song In My Heart (1952).
Pink Panther, The - (Original Trailer) Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) tries to stop a notorious jewel thief from nabbing a princess's diamond in The Pink Panther (1964), directed by Blake Edwards.
War Lover, The - (Original Trailer) A WWII bomber pilot (Steve McQueen) succeeds at flying but the rest of his life isn't so under control in The War Lover (1962).
Midway - (Original Trailer) Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda star in Midway (1976), a spectacular re-creation of the World War II battle that turned the tide for the U.S. in the Pacific.
What Price Glory (1952) - (Black-and-white Trailer) A marine captain (James Cagney) and his top sergeant are assigned to take their company from a small village to the brutal reality of war in the trenches in John Ford's What Price Glory (1952).
Winning - (Original Trailer) A racecar driver (Paul Newman) risks his marriage in pursuit of speed and success. Co-starring Joanne Woodward.
Longest Day, The - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast including John Wayne and Henry Fonda in a re-creation of the D-Day invasion on The Longest Day (1962).
Mountain, The - (Black-and-white trailer) Brother mountain climbers clash over how to deal with the survivor of a plane crash in The Mountain (1956).
Happy Years, The - (Original Trailer) Unruly young Dean Stockwell is sent to prep school to straighten him out in this adaptation of Owen Johnson's The Lawrenceville School Stories.
True Story of Jesse James, The - (Original Trailer) Robert Wagner turns infamous outlaw in Nicholas Ray's The True Story of Jesse James (1957).
Stars and Stripes Forever - (Original Trailer) Clifton Webb stars in the story of the March King, John Philip Sousa in Stars and Stripes Forever (1952).

Family

Robert Wagner Sr
Father
In steel business.
Katie Wagner
Daughter
Born 1964; mother Marion Marshall Donen.
Natasha Wagner
Step-Daughter
Actor. Born October 1970; mother Natalie Wood; father Richard Gregson (adopted by Robert Wagner); dated Josh Evans (son of Ali MacGraw and Robert Evans).
Courtney Wagner
Daughter
Born c. 1974; mother Natalie Wood.

Companions

Natalie Wood
Wife
Actor. Married December 28, 1957, divorced c. 1962; married again July 16, 1972 until her death (by accidental drowning) on November 29, 1981.
Marion Marshall
Wife
Actor. Married July 21, 1963; divorced 1971.
Jill St John
Wife
Actor. Married May 26, 1990; previously together for eight years.

Bibliography