Lindsay Wagner

Lindsay Wagner

Birth name: Lindsay Jean Wagner
Born: June 22, 1949
Age: 73
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Lindsay Jean Wagner (born June 22, 1949) is an American film and television actress, model, author, singer, acting coach, and adjunct professor.[2] Wagner is best known for her leading role in the American science-fiction television series The Bionic Woman (1976-1978), in which she portrayed action character Jaime Sommers. She first played this role on the hit series The Six Million Dollar Man. The character became a popular-culture icon of the 1970s. For this role, Wagner won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Role in 1977.

Wagner began acting professionally in 1971, and has maintained a lengthy acting career in a variety of film and television productions to the present day.

Wagner was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Marilyn Louise (née Thrasher) and William Nowels Wagner. When she was seven years old, Wagner's parents divorced and her mother moved with her to the northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock, near Pasadena. Another relocation with her mother and stepfather, Ted Ball, brought Wagner to Portland, Oregon, where she attended David Douglas High School and appeared in a number of school plays. Wagner attended the University of Oregon for part of her freshman year before she transferred to Mount Hood Community College for a short period of time. She was diagnosed with dyslexia.[3]



Wagner worked as a model in Los Angeles and gained some television experience by appearing as a hostess in Playboy After Dark, and she was also a contestant on the game show The Dating Game in 1969 (one of her potential suitors, whom she did not choose, was TV actor Roger Ewing). In 1971, she signed a contract with Universal Studios and worked as a contract player in various Universal productions. Her primetime network television debut was in the series Adam-12 ("Million Dollar Buff"), and she went on to appear in a dozen other Universal shows, including Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The F.B.I., Sarge, and Night Gallery (1971, as the nurse in the episode: "The Diary"). Between 1971 and 1975, she appeared in five episodes of Universal's Marcus Welby, M.D. and two episodes of The Rockford Files. In 1973, Wagner branched into film roles when Universal cast her in Two People, which was her first feature film and her first lead role. She also co-starred in the 20th Century Fox film The Paper Chase the same year, playing the daughter of the stern law professor Kingsfield.

In 1975, arranged under an extended contract with Universal Studios, Wagner played the role of Jaime Sommers, a former tennis professional who was the childhood sweetheart of "Six Million Dollar Man" Colonel Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors). According to Kenneth Johnson, interviewed for a featurette included in the 2010 North American DVD release of The Bionic Woman season one, Wagner was cast in the role based upon her appeal and spontaneity after he saw her appearance in the pilot and a follow-up episode of The Rockford Files. In the second-season, two-part episode, her character is critically injured in a skydiving accident and equipped with bionic implants similar to Austin's, but her body rejects them, ultimately leading to her death.

This was intended to be Wagner's last role under her Universal contract, but public response to the character was so overwhelming that the "death" was retconned into a cover story for a near-death secret recovery, and Wagner appeared in a two-part episode which returned her character, followed by a spin-off series, The Bionic Woman, which debuted in January 1976. She made several crossover appearances in The Six Million Dollar Man during the series' run. The role earned Wagner an Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Dramatic Role" in 1977.

Following the cancellation of The Bionic Woman in 1978, Wagner continued to act, predominantly in television miniseries and television films. These included the highly rated 1980 miniseries Scruples, as well as three made-for-TV Bionic reunion movies with Lee Majors between 1987 and 1994. Also in the 1980s, Wagner co-starred as Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife in his 1981 movie Nighthawks and starred in two more weekly television series, Jessie (1984) and A Peaceable Kingdom (1989), though both of these were short-lived. In 1983, she also appeared in an episode of Lee Majors' series The Fall Guy.

Wagner continued to act into the 1990s and 2000s, though in less prominent roles, such as a small part in the action movie Ricochet (1991). Her most recent projects have included the 2005 television film Thicker than Water with Melissa Gilbert, Buckaroo: The Movie (2005), and Four Extraordinary Women (2006). In 2010, Wagner began a recurring role as Dr. Vanessa Calder in the SyFy channel's hit drama Warehouse 13 and played the character again in its Syfy sister show Alphas in 2011.

In the fall semester of 2013, Wagner began teaching at San Bernardino Valley College in southern California (Acting and Directing for Television and Film, Motion Picture Production) as an adjunct faculty member.

In 2015, Wagner appeared in the NCIS season 13, episode 10: "Blood Brothers" in the role of Barbara Bishop, the mother of NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham).

In June of 2018, it was announced that Wagner would co-star in Death Stranding, a video game being developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and Kojima Productions. Death Stranding will be Wagner's first role in a video game, and her first experience with the industry's motion capture and voice acting technology.[4]

Other work

Wagner at San Diego Comic-Con 2008

In 1987, Wagner wrote a series of books with Robert M. Klein about using acupressure to achieve results akin to a surgical facelift. In 1994, she wrote one of the first "celebrity" vegetarian (and mainly vegan) cookbooks, High Road to Health. Wagner appeared in commercials as a spokesperson for Southern California's regional Ford Motor Company dealerships from 1987 through 2000.[5] She was also a spokesperson in infomercials for Select Comfort's "Sleep Number" bed from 2003 to 2009.

In recent years, Wagner has given seminars and workshops for her self-help therapy, "Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart", which promotes spirituality and meditation.

In 2010, she participated in interviews and featurettes included in the long-delayed North American DVD releases of The Bionic Woman and the 2011 release of The Six Million Dollar Man.

In 2016, she appeared in the film Change of Heart as the owner of a somewhat rundown bed and breakfast.

In 2018, she appeared in Grey's Anatomy Season 14, Episode 22, "Fight for Your Mind", as Alex Karev's mother.


Wagner earned an Emmy Award in 1977 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Role for her role in The Bionic Woman television series.

On December 13, 1984, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented Wagner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, category 'Film', located at the north side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.[6]

In 2012, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to Wagner.[7]

Personal life

Prior to being married, Wagner lived with Captain Daniel M. Yoder (USAF) until he went to Vietnam. She has been married four times and divorced four times. From 1971 to 1973, she was married to music publisher Allan Rider. From 1976 to 1979, she was married to actor Michael Brandon. In 1981, she married stuntman Henry Kingi, whom she met on the set of The Bionic Woman. Wagner had two sons with Kingi, Dorian (b. 1982) and Alex (b. 1986), but the couple divorced in 1984.[8][9] Wagner then married TV producer Lawrence Mortorff in 1990, but they, too, divorced a few years later.



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Two People Deirdre McCluskey
1973 The Paper Chase Susan Fields
1976 Second Wind Linda
1981 Nighthawks Irene
1981 High Risk Olivia
1985 Martin's Day Dr. Mennen
1986 Young Again Laura Gordon
1991 Ricochet DA Priscilla Brimleigh
1998 Frog and Wombat Sydney Parker
2003 A Light in the Forest Penelope Audrey
2005 Buckaroo: The Movie Ms. Ainsley
2006 The Surfer King Connie Zirpollo
2008 Billy: The Early Years Morrow Graham
2012 Who Killed Soul Glow? Unnamed
2018 Samson Zealphonis


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Adam-12 Jenny Carson Season 4, Episode 2: "Million Dollar Buff"
1971 The Man and the City Margie Holland Season 1, Episode 6: "Disaster on Turner Street"
1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Stella Bowers Season 3, Episode 4: "In Defense of Ellen McKay"
1971 Sarge Laurie Meyers Season 1, Episode 10: "The Combatants"
1971 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Diana Oliver Season 1, Episode 12: "Until Proven Innocent"
1971-1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Susan Davis / Denise Malory / Emily Matocsis / Nurse Gledhill 5 episodes
1971-1972 Night Gallery Girl / Nurse 2 Episodes
1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Edie Lang Episode: "Operation: XW-1"
1972 The F.B.I. Laurie Peale Episode: "Dark Journey"
1974-1975 The Rockford Files Sara Butler 2 Episodes
1975-76 The Six Million Dollar Man Jaime Sommers 9 episodes
1976 Whodunnit? Panellist Episode: "Future Imperfect"
1976-1978 The Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers 3 x Seasons: 58 episodes
1978 Windows, Doors & Keyholes Unnamed TV movie
1979 The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Meg Laurel TV movie
1979 The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan Jennie Logan TV movie
1980 Scruples Billy Ikehorn TV miniseries
1981 Callie & Son Callie Bordeaux TV movie
1982 Memories Never Die Joanne Tilford TV movie
1983 I Want to Live! Barbara Graham TV movie
1983 The Fall Guy Mary Connors Episode: "Devil's Island"
1983 Princess Daisy Francesca Valenski TV movie
1983 Two Kinds of Love Susan Farley TV movie
1984 Passions Nina Simon TV movie
1984 Jessie Dr. Jessie Hayden & Executive producer TV Movie pilot and 10 episodes in a series
1985 The Other Lover Claire Fielding TV movie
1985 This Child Is Mine Bonnie Wilkerson TV movie
1986 A Child's Cry Joanne Van Buren TV movie
1986 Kate & Allie Julia Episode: "Late Bloomer"
1986 Convicted Martha Forbes TV movie
1987 Stranger in My Bed Beverly Slater TV movie
1987 The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers TV movie
1987 Student Exchange Principal TV movie
1988 Evil in Clear River Kate McKinnon TV movie
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Susan Forrester Episode: "Prism"
1988 The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story Uli Derickson TV movie
1988 Nightmare at Bittercreek Nita Daniels TV movie
1988 Scandals Host TV movie
1988 Police Story: Burnout Det. Sidney Shannon TV movie
1989 From the Dead of the Night Joanna TV movie
1989 Voice of the Heart Katharine Tempest TV movie
1989 Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers TV movie
1989 A Peaceable Kingdom Rebecca Cafferty 12 episodes
1990 Shattered Dreams Charlotte Fedders & Co-producer TV movie
1990 Babies Yvonne TV movie
1991 Fire in the Dark Janet TV movie
1991 To Be the Best Paula O'Neill TV movie
1992 She Woke Up Claudia Parr TV movie
1992 Treacherous Crossing Lindsey Thompson Gates TV movie
1992 Against All Odds Host TV series
1992 A Message from Holly Holly TV movie
1993 Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 Elizabeth Hahn TV movie
1994 Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them Host TV movie
1994 Once in a Lifetime Daphne Fields TV movie
1994 Bionic Ever After? Jaime Sommers TV movie
1995 Fighting for My Daughter Kate Kerner TV movie
1996 Sins of Silence Molly McKinley TV movie
1996 A Mother's Instinct Raeanne Gilbaine TV movie
1997 Contagious Dr. Hannah Cole TV movie
1997 Their Second Chance Barbara TV movie
1998 Voyage of Terror Dr. Stephanie Tauber TV movie
2002 The Division Agatha B. Episode: "Farewell My Lovelies"
2005 Thicker than Water Jess Jarrett TV movie
2006 Four Extraordinary Women Anne TV movie
2006 The Surfer King Connie Zirpollo TV movie
2008 Billy: The Early Years Morrow Graham TV movie
2008 Tranquility Executive producer Short
2010-2014 Warehouse 13 Dr. Vanessa Calder 6 episodes:
"For the Team" (2010)
Episode: "Buried" (2010)
Episode: "Love Sick" (2011)
Episode: "Fractures" (2012)
Episode: "The Living and the Dead" (2013)
Episode: "Endless Terror" (2014)
2011 Alphas Dr. Vanessa Calder Episode: "Never Let Me Go"
2012 Scruples Narrator TV movie
2013 The Thanksgiving House Abigail Mather TV movie
2013 Wi Na Go Mary Beth (Voice/Narrator) Short
2015 NCIS Barbara Bishop Season 13, Episode 10: "Blood Brothers"
2016 Love Finds You In Valentine June Sterling TV movie
2016 A Change of Heart Helen TV movie
2017 Eat, Play, Love Rita TV movie
2018 Grey's Anatomy Helen Karev Season 14, Episode 22: "Fight for Your Mind"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
TBA Death Stranding[10] TBA


  • 1987: Lindsay Wagner's New Beauty: The Acupressure Facelift by Lindsay Wagner and Robert M. Klein (ISBN 0-13-536806-5)
  • 1988: 30-Day Natural Face Lift Program by Lindsay Wagner and Robert M. Klein (ISBN 0-86188-779-4)
  • 1994: High Road to Health: A Vegetarian Cookbook by Lindsay Wagner and Ariane Spade (ISBN 0-671-87277-X)

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