Robert Wagner is a famous actor and producer from America. He is best known for his TV shows, mainly “Hart to Hart”, “It Takes a Thief”, and “Switch”, as well as his role as Teddy Leopold in the hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men”. Regarding movies, he is known for his roles in the “Austin Powers” trilogy films, as the character Number Two. Read on to learn more about his life, career, and net worth.
Early life and biography
Robert John Wagner Jr. was born on February 10, 1930, to parents Hazel Alvera and Robert John Wagner Sr. in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother worked as a telephone operator, while his father was a salesman. He has Norwegian heritage from his mother and German from his father. Regarding education, he graduated from Saint Monica Catholic High School in 1949.
When he was seven years old, the whole family moved to Los Angeles, California. This was perfect for him, as he has always been very interested in acting. In a way, he was discovered in a talent search when he had dinner with his family in a Beverly Hills restaurant.
The actor was married four times, twice to Natalie Wood, who sadly died when she drowned. He has a son with her. In 1963, Wagner married Marion Marshal, whom he divorced in 1971. With her, he also has a daughter, Katie Wagner, a TV personality and a Hollywood reporter. Lastly, in 1990, he married Jill St. John. At one point in his life, he revealed that he has been in numerous affairs with women like Anita Ekberg, Shirley Anne, and Joan Crawford.
Robert Wagner started his career with a role in the movie “The Happy Years” in 1950. After this, 20th Century Fox signed him, which immensely helped his career early on. He appeared in romantic roles, as well as dramatic one, like the one of the war veteran in “With a Song in My Heart”.
Hit movies followed, mainly “Beneath the 12-Mile Reef”, “A Kiss Before Dying”, “Between Heaven and Hell”, and many more. In 1960, he was offered films by Columbia Pictures, like “Sail A Crooked Ship” and “The War Lover”. He also acted in Europe following this success, and appeared in movies “The Pink Panther” and “The Condemned of Altona”.
In the year 1966, he was signed by Universal Studios. Under this famous company, he appeared in famous movies like “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and “Banning”. His TV debut came the following year with the show “It Takes a Thief”. During the ‘70s, his TV career was at its peak, as he enjoyed stardom and all the riches it brings.
As a total during a career spanning more than 60 years, Robert Wagner appeared in over 50 movies and around the same number of TV shows and series.
Awards and Achievements
Robert Wagner was nominated six times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, and for one Emmy Award for Best Television Actor. In 2007, he won the Method Fest Award for “Man in the Chair”, while back in 1980, he won the People’s Choice Award for the Favorite Male Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Phoenix Film Festival award.
Net Worth and Earnings
As of this year, the estimated net worth of actor Robert Wagner is around $15 million. His wealth is the result of his decade’s long acting career in both movies and TV shows. His filmography portfolio is very long, and he is a proper legend in the Hollywood industry. Among his fans and the fans of movies and series in general, the actor is considered as a wonderful and a beloved actor. Hollywood youngsters, as well as legends who came after him, have huge respect for himself and his work.