Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner
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Robert Wagner
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Born Robert John Wagner on Feb. 10, 1930 in Detroit, Mich.

One of Robert Wagner’s first brushes with show business came when he worked as a caddy for Clark Gable. The glamour didn't end there. Eventually, he was discovered by talent agent Henry Wilson while eating dinner with his parents at a restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Wagner's career began with a series of small roles in military-themed films until he finally landed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1952. In 1953, his role in "Titanic" earned him a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer in Motion Pictures. He went on to star in classics like "The War Lover," "The Longest Day" and "The Pink Panther." He worked with Clifton Webb, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Faye Dunaway.

As partial payment for his role in "The Affair," Wagner had a 50% stake in the profits from Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg's successful "Charlie's Angels." Wagner went on to spend years in court arguing with Spelling and Goldberg about how the "profits" were defined.

At 27, Wagner married Natalie Wood, who was 19 at the time. Wood and Wagner divorced in 1962, and Wagner soon married Marion Marshall. In 1964, Marshall and Wagner had a daughter, Katie.

Wagner enjoyed a significant career boost in 1968 when he made the move to television, starring in "It Takes a Thief," which earned him an Emmy nomination. By the mid-1970s, Wagner was a household name as he starred in the series "Switch," an action-packed detective satire.

His career success was not mirrored in his marriage, however, and Wagner divorced Marshall in 1971. He had remained in contact with Natalie Wood, and the couple remarried on July 16, 1972. They had one daughter, Courtney, in 1974.

Tragedy struck in 1981, when Wood drowned after falling from the couple's yacht near Catalina Island. Wagner became the guardian of Wood's daughter, Natasha Gregson. In 1990, after an eight-year courtship, Wagner married Wood's childhood friend Jill St. John.

Wagner was introduced to a new audience when he took the role as Dr. Evil's sidekick, Number 2, in the "Austin Powers" trilogy. In an inspired casting move, Rob Lowe played a younger version of Wagner.

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