Robert Wagner was not only in his most memorable roles of Hart to Hart and It Takes a thief but he also portrayed some pretty significant roles in other memorable movies. He played Number 2 in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery in 1997, and he also played George Lytton on 1963’s The Pink Panther. This was a time for Residential Roofers to stop what they were doing and watch the streets as diamond smuggling thieves were on the loose. Finally the last significant role Wagner played was in a Seinfeld episode in 1990 playing “Dr. Abbott” in episode: “Yada Yada, The” in 1997.
To begin with Austin Powers, Number 2 is a fictional character in the Austin Powers movies. He is played by Robert Wagner in all three movies, while his younger self is played by Rob Lowe in The Spy Who Shagged Me. He briefly appears as a teenager in a flashback in Austin Powers in Goldmember, portrayed by Evan Farmer. Number 2 and Dr. Evil have known each other for many years; they attended school together long before they became master criminals. While fundamentally loyal to Dr. Evil, he has always resented his boss; when they were classmates, he was always “second best” to the Doctor, who was the school’s star pupil. I will never forget when he said to Doctor Evil “But you, like an idiot wanted to take over the World”.
Moving on to the next big break for Wagner. Did you know that in 1963’s the Pink Panther the Bubble Bath scene left Wagner and Capucine with burns? For the scene in which Simone Clouseau and George Lytton are in a bubble bath together, an industrial agent was used to make the tub extra foamy. The chemicals burned their skin, and temporarily blinded Wagner during the moment in which he’s underwater. I wonder how they reacted on set and off the set when this happened. The things we have to do to get famous and successful. Seller’s did not want to make a third film of this and I wonder why.
Last but not least Wagner got himself in the Yada Yada episode in Seinfeld. George’s new girlfriend keeps including “Yada Yada” in her stories. Jerry is offended by Tim Whatley’s Jewish jokes. Elaine tries to help her friends adopt a baby and Kramer and Mickey fight over two women. Wagner shows his confident and cocky satirical humour when he corrects Jerry when they meet each other. He says “That’s Doctor Abbott, D.D.S. Tim Whatley was one of my students, and if this wasn’t my son’s wedding day, I’d knock your teeth out, you anti-dentite bastard.”