Image of Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Robert John Wagner, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Thelma Hazel Alvera (Boe), a telephone operator, and Robert John Wagner, Sr., a traveling salesman. His paternal grandparents were German and his maternal grandparents were Norwegian. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was seven. Always wanting to be an actor, he held a variety of jobs while pursuing his goal, but it was while dining with his parents at a restaurant in Beverly Hills that he was "discovered" by a talent scout. After making his uncredited screen debut in The Happy Years (1950), Wagner was signed by 20th Century Fox, which carefully built him up toward stardom. He played romantic leads with ease, but it wasn't until he essayed the two-scene role of a shellshocked war veteran in With a Song in My Heart (1952) that studio executives recognized his potential as a dramatic actor. He went on to play the title roles in Prince Valiant (1954) and The True Story of Jesse James (1957), and portrayed a cold-blooded murderer in A Kiss Before Dying (1956). In the early '60s, however, his film career skidded to a stop after The Pink Panther (1963). Several years of unemployment followed before Wagner made a respectable transition to television as star of the lighthearted espionage series It Takes a Thief (1968) (1968-1970). He also starred in the police series Switch (1975), but Wagner's greatest success was opposite Stefanie Powers in the internationally popular Hart to Hart (1979), which ran from 1979 through 1984 and has since been sporadically revived in TV-movie form (a 1986 series, Lime Street (1985), was quickly canceled due to the tragic death of Wagner's young co-star, Samantha Smith). Considered one of Hollywood's nicest citizens, Robert Wagner has continued to successfully pursue a leading man career into his sixties; he has also launched a latter-day stage career, touring with Stefanie Powers in the readers' theater presentation "Love Letters". He found success playing Number Two, a henchman to Dr. Evil in the blockbuster trilogy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and in 2007 he began playing Teddy, a recurring role on the hit CBS series Two and a Half Men (2003).

Read bio at Wikipedia
Feb 10, 1930 In Detroit, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series It Takes a Thief 1968-01-09
Latest Project:
Series The Queen Latifah Show 2013

Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of Hart to Hart
Poster of It Takes a Thief
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Happily Divorced Unknown 2011-06-15
Hot in Cleveland Unknown 2010-06-16
The League Unknown 2009-10-29
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Hustle Unknown 2006-01-14
Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
NCIS Unknown 2003-09-23
Hope & Faith Unknown 2003-09-26
Futurama Unknown 1999-03-28
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Cybill Unknown 1995-01-02
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
The Fall Guy Unknown 1981-11-04
Hart to Hart Jonathan Hart 111 episodes, 1979-1984 1979-08-25
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Colditz Flt. Lt. Phil Carrington / ... 14 episodes, 1972-1974 1975-01-11
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16
It Takes a Thief Alexander Mundy / ... 66 episodes, 1968-1970 1968-01-09