#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, February 10, 1930 actor Robert Wagner was born

It was on this day, February 10, 1930, Robert John Wagner, Jr. was born in Detroit.  Star of stage, screen, and television,  he is  best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–70), Switch (1975–78), and Hart to Hart (1979–84).

He also had a recurring role as Teddy Leopold on the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men and has a recurring role as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. on the police procedural NCIS.

In movies, Wagner is known for his role as Number Two in the Austin Powers trilogy of films (1997, 1999, 2002), as well as for A Kiss Before Dying, The Pink Panther, Harper, The Towering Inferno and many more.

On December 28, 1957, Wagner married 19-year-old actress Natalie Wood. They separated in June 1961 and divorced on April 27, 1962. Wagner and Wood reconnected and remarried  on July 16, 1972 after a six-month courtship. On November 29, 1981, Natalie Wood drowned near their yacht Splendour while it was moored near Catalina Island.

In November 2011, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened its investigation into Natalie Wood’s death after the captain of the boat, Dennis Davern, told NBC News that he lied to police during the initial investigation and that a fight between Wood and Wagner had led to her drowning.  The police however have stated that Wagner is not a suspect in the case.

Wagner’s autobiography, Pieces of My Heart: A Life, written with author Scott Eyman, was published on September 23, 2008.

Robert Wagner is 77 today.

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Brenda Bennett Love working in the film industry and meeting all the great people. To date I have worked on 10 films-Conviction, Alleged, Cedar Rapids, Game of Death, Vanishing on 7th Street, Salvation Blvd., Real Steel, Ides of March, The Five Year Engagement and Cripple. Also worked on The Double but was not actually used.

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