Actor Robert Wagner has a net worth of $20 million. This is the combined fortune he and actress Jill St. John, his longtime spouse, have amassed over the years. For his roles in television dramas such as “It Takes a Thief,” “Switch,” and “Hart to Hart,” Wagner is best known.
Robert John Wagner Jr. was born on February 10, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan. She worked as an operator on the phone. As a traveling salesman selling paint to the automobile industry and lacquer to Ford for use on their dashboards, Robert Sr. made a little fortune. It was when he was 7 years old that his family decided to go to Los Angeles. It appears that his father had saved enough money to retire in California’s bright weather. Over a year, they built a home in Bel Air overlooking the Bel Air Country Club.
Robert Jr. was moved to California first, ahead of the entire family. He was thrown on a train and taken away from the Hollywood Military Academy in a literal sense. Many of Robert’s classmates were the offspring of renowned stars, and he would attend four military schools in Southern California. Wagner attended Saint Monica Catholic School in 1949, where he graduated in 1949.
Robert began his acting career in the 1950s as an extra. In the 1950 film “The Happy Years,” he made his acting debut in an uncredited role. When he was barely 20 years old, he was signed by Twentieth Century Fox. Halls of Montezuma” was his debut picture for Fox, a 1951 WWII wartime drama. In a supporting role, Richard Widmark appeared alongside Wagner on the big screen. Later the same year, he appeared in “The Frogmen,” which also starred Widmark, as a supporting actor. Wagner made his acting debut in 1952’s “With a Song in My Heart” as a shell-shocked soldier in the film.
At the end of the decade, he had appeared in several prominent parts, including “Beneath the 12-Mile Reef,” “Prince Valiant,” and “A Kiss Before Dying” (for which he garnered a lot of critical praise), and “Between Heaven and Hell.” “Broken Lance” made him a star in the Western genre in 1954. Paramount then used Wagner as Spencer Tracy’s brother in 1956’s “The Mountain.” Both “Between Heaven and Hell” and Nicholas Ray’s “The True Story of Jesse James” were box office duds, but he returned to Fox and appeared in both. While still married to Natalie Wood, he sought to relaunch his acting career by appearing in her 1960 film “All the Fine Young Cannibals.”
Rona Productions was founded by Wagner and Wood in 1961. Wagner and Steve McQueen collaborated on the 1962 picture “The War Lover,” which was shot in England. After Wagner and Wood’s breakup, he spent a few years living in Europe. Wagner participated in “The Longest Day,” “The Condemned of Altona,” and “The Pink Panther,” which was a major success in 1963, but Wagner’s role was so insignificant that he was completely missed.
The part of Alexander Mundy in the classic series “To Catch a Thief” was the first of three that would make him a bona fide star for him in the late 1960s. From 1968 through 1970, it aired on ABC. His return to the big screen was highlighted by his Emmy nomination for Best TV Actor alongside Fred Astaire in this role.
The role of Pete Ryan in “Switch,” which ran for two seasons in the mid-’70s, was another big hit for him. When “Hart to Hart” debuted in the late 1970s, Robert Wagner became one of television’s biggest stars. For his work on the program, he was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards. As Number 2 in the “Austin Powers” series in the 1990s, he had a successful return. “Seinfeld,” “Boston Legal” and “Two and a Half Men” are just a few of the television programs in which Robert Wagner has appeared since then.
Robert Wagner stated in his autobiography that he had sex with Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, and other well-known celebrities. When he tied the knot with Natalie Wood back in December of 1957, he ended up divorcing her two years later in December 1962. In July of 1963, Robert Wagner and Marion Marshall were married and had a daughter named Katie. It was 1971 when they divorced. Between the years 1970 and 1972, Wagner was engaged to Tina Sinatra. After their engagement ended, Wagner rekindled his passion for Wood, and the two were married for a second time on this day in 1972. Courtney, their daughter, was born to them.
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On November 29, 1981, as the boat Splendour was docked near Catalina Island, actress Natalie Wood drowned. Robert Wagner, Christopher Walken, and Dennis Davern, the Splendour’s skipper, were all aboard as well. Neither Walken’s wife, Georgianne nor Georgianne’s mother was there on the trip. As far as Wagner was concerned, Wood was nowhere to be found when he went to sleep. The postmortem report found bruising and abrasions on Wood’s body and arms, as well as a 0.14 percent blood alcohol level, and two types of medicine, including a motion sickness pill and a painkiller, were found in her system.
Robert Wagner said in his autobiography “Pieces of My Heart” that Robert Wagner and Wood had an altercation before she vanished. During the night, two witnesses from a neighboring boat claimed to have heard a lady yelling for help. An autopsy by the Los Angeles County coroner determined that she died as a result of drowning and hypothermia. As of November 2011, Davern, the boat’s captain, has publicly admitted that he misled authorities during the original inquiry and that he had heard Wood and Wagner arguing.
After Wood went missing, Wagner allegedly refused to let Davern put on the searchlights or alert the authorities, claiming that Wood had been flirting with Walken. That Wagner is to blame for Wood’s death is what Davern claims to have been proven.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Wagner was identified as a person of interest in the death investigation of Wood in February of this past year. There’s no evidence to support Wagner’s claim. Robert Wagner adopted Natalie’s 11-year-old daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, after her death.
Robert Wagner began seeing actress Jill St. John a few months after Woods’ death. Wagner and St. John have been together ever since. They tied the knot in 1990, after dating for eight years.
For $220,000 in 1983, Robert purchased an estate in Brentwood, Los Angeles, designed in 1940 by legendary architect Cliff May for his family to live in. After acquiring the land next door, he built a big main home, a guest house, tennis courts, and horse stables on the 1.6-acre plot. A comprehensive refurbishment and enlargement were also completed by Cliff May, who Wagner contacted.
The property was sold by Robert Wagner and St. John for $14 million in August of 2007. With her husband, Oscar-winning cinematographer Richard Edlund, heiress to a Japanese video game empire Rita Hogan purchased the property. Because of whatever reason, the house remained unoccupied for 12+ years until Richard and Rita finally moved in. Rita passed away in 2019, which was a great loss. For $11 million in January of this year, the Wagner/St. John’s home was sold.
Following the sale of their Brentwood estate, Robert Wagner and Jill St. John packed up and relocated to Aspen, Colorado, where they had resided since 1995. A Los Angeles apartment is still owned by the family.