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Jack Wagner
Born Peter John Wagner, II
October 3, 1959 (1959-10-03) (age 50)
Washington, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Kristina Wagner (1993-2006) (divorced) 2 Children

Peter John "Jack" Wagner, II (born October 3, 1959 in Washington, Missouri) is an American singer and actor.

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Acting career

Wagner's most famous role has been Frisco Jones on the soap opera General Hospital (1983-1988, 1989-1991, 1994, 1995). He was half of a supercouple with Kristina Wagner's Felicia and played the father of Georgie and Maxie Jones. He also played Warren Lockridge on Santa Barbara from 1991 to 1993.

He appeared for many years on the nighttime soap Melrose Place as Dr. Peter Burns (1994-1999), and directed episodes as well. Since early 2003 he has played Dominick Marone on the CBS daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful. He has also appeared in the NBC TV series Titans with Yasmine Bleeth in 2000, and in Sunset Beach in 1997.

In 1985, Wagner was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for " Best Younger Actor" for his work on General Hospital, but he lost to Brian Bloom from As the World Turns. He was nominated again in 2005 for " Best Lead Actor" for The Bold and the Beautiful, but lost to Christian LeBlanc from The Young and the Restless.

Singing career

Wagner has recorded five albums, and he had a Top 5 hit with the ballad "All I Need". The single reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (and #1 on the adult contemporary chart) in early 1985.

His albums include:

  • All I Need (Fall, 1984) #44 Peak Billboard 200
  • Lighting Up the Night (Fall, 1985) #150 Peak Billboard 200
  • Don't Give Up Your Day Job (April, 1987) #151 Peak Billboard 200
  • Alone in the Crowd (1993)
  • Dancing in the Moonlight (2005)

He has had the following Hot 100 singles:

  • "All I Need" #2 US (2 weeks) - Jan 12, 1985 (#1 AC - 2 weeks)
  • "Lady of My Heart" #76 US - Jun 15, 1985
  • "Too Young" #52 US - Dec 7, 1985 (#15 US Hot Adult Contemporary)
  • "Love Can Take Us All The Way" - #15 US Hot Adult Contemporary - April 26, 1986
  • "Weatherman Says" #67 US - May 30, 1987

Although Wagner had been playing the guitar since he was 14, his audition for the role of "Frisco Jones" on General Hospital with producer Gloria Monty did not include any singing.[1] ABC musical honcho Kelli Ross hooked Wagner up with legendary producer Quincy Jones who oversaw his initial EP (then LP) "All I Need", and Quincy Jones proteges Glen Ballard and Clif Magness produced Wagner's first two albums. Wagner's singing talents led him to appearances on American Bandstand and The Merv Griffin Show [1], and eventually led to the title role(s) in a Broadway run of Jekyll & Hyde, making him the first celebrity casting. He also appeared in a national theatre tour in 1987 in the role of Tony in West Side Story.

While he toured consistently from 1985-1988, Wagner did not perform in the 1990s except for an occasional benefit appearance. In 2005, Wagner resumed performing in concert sporadically. His more recent concerts have included a diverse blend of songs from his own catalog, cover songs from artists such as Neil Young, Lindsey Buckingham, and Paul McCartney, and originals. His most recent concert performance was July 31, 2009 at the Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf Den venue in Connecticut.

Personal life

He was married to actress Kristina Wagner, who played opposite him on General Hospital as his love interest Felicia Cummings. After marital troubles, they filed for divorce twice, and it was finalized in 2006. The Wagners have two sons, Peter (September 4, 1990) and Harrison (December 1, 1994).[2][3] He has been dating his Melrose Place love interest Heather Locklear since 2007. [4][5]

Wagner is an avid golfer, having won the 2006 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship and is respected amongst his Hollywood peers for his golfing ability. He had won the Missouri junior college championship in 1980, and had at one point considered a career in pro golf.[1]

Wagner has a Celebrity Golf Classic named after him that raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wagner created this event to support the LLS’ mission, which is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. The Golf Classic raised more than $600,000 in its first two years to fund critical cancer research and patient services.

Miscellaneous

Wagner has hosted the Miss Universe Pageant twice: in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1998; and in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago in 1999.

He has appeared on celebrity editions of game shows such as Wheel of Fortune. The money won during these appearances are generally donated to charitable organizations of the celebrity's choosing. He also guest starred in an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as himself. Jack made an appearance on The Price Is Right throughout the day's show on March 6, 2009, and also appeared with his co-star, Ashley Jones, on June 19, 2009's episode.

Stage Work

  • Butterfly - Pink (1987) East Haddam Playhouse, CT
  • West Side Story - Tony (1987)
  • Grease - Danny Zuko (1988)
  • They're Playing Our Song (1992) California
  • Jekyll & Hyde - Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde (2000)

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