Born 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, American actor Robert Wagner made his uncredited film debut in The Happy Years (1950). His first film for Fox was Halls of Montezuma (1951), a World War II film. Fox gave him his first starring role in Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953). Reviews were poor but the movie was only the third ever to be shot in CinemaScope and was a big hit.
Wagner is best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–1970), Switch (1975–1978), and Hart to Hart (1979–1984). He also had a recurring role as Teddy Leopold in the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men (2007–2008) and has a recurring role as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. in the police procedural NCIS (2010–2019).
In movies, Wagner is known for his role as Number 2 in the Austin Powers trilogy of films (1997, 1999, 2002), as well as for A Kiss Before Dying (1956), The Pink Panther (1963) and its 1983 sequel, Harper (1966), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Concorde … Airport ’79 (1979) and many more.
These vintage photos captured portraits of a very young and handsome Robert Wagner in the 1950s.