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Robert Wagner - Biography

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Photos Robert Wagner Nom de naissance : Robert Wagner
Date de naissance : 1930/02/10 (89 years old)
Birth place : Detroit (USA)
Taille : 1.80 m

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Biography for Robert Wagner

Born in Detroit, Robert Wagner's family moved to Los Angeles when he was seven. Always wanting to be an actor, he held a variety of jobs (including one as a caddy for Clark Gable while pursuing his goal, but it was while dining with his parents at a restaurant in Beverly Hils that he was "discovered" by a talent scout. He had a bit part in The Happy Years (1950) but it was a small part as a crippled soldier in the Susan Hayward film With a Song in My Heart (1952), that garnered him attention. His fresh, all-American loooks got him a contract with 20th Century-Fox, which put him in a succession of undemanding roles in Technicolor pictures where his looks were more important than his talent (_Beneath the 12 Mile Reef (1953)_ , Prince Valiant (1954)), but he did manage to show that he was indeed an actor of talent in several showy roles in smaller pictures (A Kiss Before Dying (1956), Between Heaven and Hell (1956), As he became one of Fox's rising young stars, the studio--as was customary back then--set him up with a host of nubile young actresses, among them Debbie Reynolds. While the pairing didn't lead to any romance, it did lead to a lifelong friendship. In 1956 Wagner, then 26, found the love of his life, actress Natalie Wood then 18. They married on December 28th, 1957, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hollywood trumpeted their marriage as the most "glittering union of the 20th century". Robert (RJ as Reynolds called him) and Natalie quickly moved into a $150,000 mansion on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. He and Natalie were deeply in love and appeared to be the perfect couple, but were actually living on the edge and were strapped for cash. RJ was being overshadowed by new male leads like Marlon Brando and Paul Newman. Natalie was placed on a 14-month suspension with Warner Bros. for refusing to do a movie in England.

These problems led them to divorce on April 27, 1962. He took the divorce hard. Trying to escape his pain he went to Europe to make the movie The Longest Day (1962). In Europe, he met with his old friend Marion Marshall. They married in 1963 and had a daughter, Kate, but the marriage was short-lived. In 1968 he reluctantly went into television to star in "It Takes a Thief" (1968) (later he would say it was the right move). By 1969 he was thriving professionally, but his personal life wasn't. He was still in love with Natalie and kept in touch with her. However, she had married British producer Richard Gregson and they had a daughter, Natasha. In 1971 Natalie and RJ saw each other by accident in a restaurant and suddenly the old magic was back. Natalie divorced Gregson and RJ and Natalie remarried June 16, 1972, on their yacht "Splendour". In 1974 they had a daughter, Courtney Brooke. Their second marriage was full of love and happiness. They were a real family and loved raising their three daughters, Kate, Natasha and Courtney.

Wagner went on to a succession of successful television series ("Switch" (1975), "Hart to Hart" (1979), and his professional and personal lives seemed to be right on track. Then on November 29, 1981 his life was shattered by the news that Natalie had fallen off of "Splendour" and drowned. He was devasted and unconsolable, but insisted on arranging a funeral to honor the love of his life. He spent the next ten years raising Natalie's and his daughters alone. It was 1991 when he married Jill St. John. To this day he finds it difficult to talk about Natalie's death.

Wagner has since revived his career with a recurring role as the eyepatch-wearing henchman Number Two to Mike Myers' sinister Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" series of spy spoofs and as the host of Fox Movie Channel's "Hour of Stars" (2002), which shows recently discovered and restored episodes of the old TV anthology series "The 20th Century-Fox Hour" (1955), some of which Wagner himself had starred in.

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