Actor Jack Wagner gained overnight stardom in 1983 when he snagged the role of Andrew "Frisco" Jones (1983-1988, 1989-1991, 1994 and 1995) on the longest-running ABC Daytime soap opera, "General Hospital." The blue-eyed charmer gained even more popularity after playing the charismatic and corrupt Dr. Peter Burns (1994-1999) in the popular Fox primetime soap opera "Melrose Place" and Jack Williams (2000-2001) in the NBC primetime soap opera "Titans," both of which were produced by Aaron Spelling. He currently plays lost Sea Captain Dominick 'Nick' Payne Marone (2003-Present) in the hit, long-running CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Meanwhile, the credible actor has starred in over 15 made-for-TV movies, over 40 musical theatre productions around the country (he made his Broadway debut in “Jekyll & Hyde” (2000) and recorded five albums (he scored a #2 pop hit with 1985's “All I Need”). He also played lead roles in the films "Play Murder for Me" (1990), "Trapped in Space" (1994), "Artificial Lies" (2000) and "Cupid's Prey" (2002).
Additionally, Wagner was considered one of the best non-professional golfers on the competition circuit, having won the prestigious American Century Club Celebrity Golf Championship in 2006.
More personally, the actor was married to his "General Hospital" co-star Kristina Wagner from 1993 to 2006. Since early 2007, the father of two has been romantically involved with his "Melrose Place" co-star, Heather Locklear, who played his girlfriend in the show.
Childhood and Family:
Peter John Wagner was born in Missouri on October 3, 1959, to Peter Wagner, a car salesman who died in 1990, and Scotty Wagner, a homemaker. By the time he was 10 years old, Jack wanted to be a professional golfer. He earned the title of Missouri Jr. Champion when he was still a teen.
Outgoing and popular at St Gertrude School, Jack was recruited into acting by a teacher who thought he would be a good addition to a school production of “Oliver.” He subsequently developed a passion for stage acting and was accepted into the University of Missouri Theater Arts Program. He attended the school for one year before eventually going to the University of Arizona on a golf scholarship. He graduated with a BFA in Drama in 1982 and one day later, moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
From 1990 to 1992, Jack lived together with his "General Hospital" co-star Kristina Malandro Wagner (born on October 30, 1963), who played his love interest Felicia Cummings on the show. They eventually exchanged wedding vows on December 18, 1993, but filed for divorce twice, once in 2001 and once in 2005. The divorce was finalized in 2006. They have two sons together, Peter Wagner (born on September 4, 1990) and Harrison Hale Wagner (born on December 18, 1994).
Jack won the Club Championship at The Bel-Air Country Club 3 times and showed off his pro-level golf skills at the Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational in June 2002. In July 2006, he won the American Century (Celebrity) Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe. He gave the $500,000 he won to charity.
The Bold and the Beautiful
An aspiring professional golfer, Jack Wagner turned to acting and honed in on his skills at the University of Missouri Theater Arts Program and the University of Arizona. One day after receiving his BFA in Drama in 1982, he headed to Los Angeles and found work as a tour guide for Universal Studios while auditioning for parts.
After a brief stint in the short lived cable TV soap "A New Day in Eden," the newcomer scored his first big break in 1983 when he snagged the role of Andrew "Frisco" Jones on the ABC Daytime soap opera "General Hospital." He stayed with the show from 1983 to 1988, returned in 1989 until 1991, and returned for a second time in 1994 until 1995. For his work in the show, Wagner received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Juvenile/Young Man in a Drama Series (1985), two Soap Opera Digest Award nominations for Favorite Super Couple: Daytime and another Soap Opera Digest Award nomination in 1991, this time for Outstanding Hero: Daytime.
Meanwhile, Wagner also branched out into music and had a top 40 hit titled "All I Need" in 1985. He also appeared in the made-for-television movies "Moving Target" (1988; starring Jason Bateman), "Swimsuit" (1989; with Cyd Charisse, William Katt, and Catherine Oxenberg) and "Lady Killer" (1995; starring opposite Judith Light). Additionally, he joined the cast of NBC’s soap opera "Santa Barbara" in the role of Warren Lockridge (1991-1993), for which he was nominated for Hottest Male Star and Outstanding Lead Actor at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Moviegoers first saw Wagner in "Play Murder for Me" (1990), an independent thriller film by Argentinean director Héctor Olivera in which Wagner played the lead role of Paul Slater, a down and out saxophone player who helps his former lover (played by Tracy Scoggins) kill her wealthy husband (played by William Paul Burns). Four years later, Wagner was seen in "Trapped in Space" (1994), director Arthur Allan Seidelman's independent sci-fi thriller based on the short story "Breaking Strain" by Arthur C. Clarke. In the film, he co-starred with Jack Coleman, Kay Lenz, Craig Wasson, and Sigrid Thornton.
From 1994 to 1999, Wagner was cast as the charismatic and corrupt Dr. Peter Burns, who has a popular on-again, off-again relationship with the opinionated and assertive Amanda Woodward (played by Heather Locklear), in the popular Fox primetime soap opera produced by Aaron Spelling, "Melrose Place," a spinoff from "Beverly Hills 90210."
During his "Melrose Place" stint, Wagner starred in three TV movies. He portrayed a womanizing airline pilot who married three women (Shelley Hack, Nicole Eggert, and Joan Severance) in "Frequent Flyer" (1996), played identical twins separated at birth in "Echo" (1997), and a small town sheriff whose 10-year-old son and wife were kidnapped by a mysterious young girl (played by Tracey Gold) in "Dirty Little Secret" (1998). He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the cop drama "Sirens," the ABC live-action series based on the "Superman" comic books, "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," CBS’ drama "Touched by an Angel," and in multiple episodes of the short-running NBC soap opera "Sunset Beach.”
Entering the new millennium, Wagner returned to series TV as a co-star of the NBC primetime soap opera "Titans," which was also produced by Aaron Spelling. In the show that stars Casper Van Dien and Yasmine Bleeth, Wagner played the role of Jack Williams (2000-2001).
Wagner made his Broadway debut as the star of the musical "Jekyll and Hyde" (2000) and appeared in a TV commercial for Forever White. He also starred as an airplane pilot in the thriller TV movie "Nowhere to Land" (2000) and played a family man launching a daring rescue mission to save his wife, daughter and the other occupants of a ski lodge hit by an avalanche and engulfed in snow in the television movie "Trapped: Buried Alive" (2002).
On the big screen, he could be seen co-starring with "Melrose Place" co-star Daphne Zuniga in the lackluster flick "Artificial Lies" (2000) and opposite Joanna Pacula in director Dale G. Bradley's drama/mystery movie "Cupid's Prey" (2002).
After starring as a police officer in the TV movie "Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail" (2003), Wagner joined the cast of the long-running CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" (2003-Present). His performance in the show won a Best Soap Actor Award at the Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival in 2006 and earned him a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2005). He was also nominated for Favorite Triangle (2005; shared with Ronn Moss and Katherine Kelly Lang) at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Wagner has released five music albums, “All I Need” (1984), “Lighting Up The Night” (1985), “Don't Give Up Your Day Job” (April 1987), “Alone In The Crowd” (1993) and “Dancing In The Moonlight” (2005). His Hot 100 singles include “All I Need” (#2 US, 1985), “Lady of My Heart” (#76 US; 1985), “Too Young” (#52 US; 1985), and “Weatherman Says” (#67 US; 1987).
Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival: Best Soap Actor, "The Bold and the Beautiful," 2006