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HART, Jonathan & wife, Jennifer
(Hart to Hart)
( 555-1654 or 3223
3100 Willow Pond Road
Bel Air, CA 90042
Jonathan is a wealthy industrialist and ex-navy officer [he quit the service in 1969]. Jennifer [née Edwards] is a journalist and photographer. She is intelligent, beautiful and tough. The perfect woman. The Hart’s have no children but are deeply in love and actively work to keep romance alive each and every day.

Jonathan and Jennifer Hart
Jonathan & Jennifer Hart

Jonathan and Jennifer first met by chance at the Hotel Ritz in London while Jennifer tried to get an interview with Jonathan. They went kite flying on their first date and then Jonathan proposed by unveiling a banner ("Would you marry me?") from the Tower Bridge in London. They soon married and honeymooned in the Napa Valley. Jonathan's gave Jennifer a gold bracelet on their first Christmas together. Before Jennifer, Jonathan dated the beautiful Nikki Stefunos.

In 1994, Jennifer inherited the coastal town of Kingman's Ferry. Jennifer had done her early training as a writer at their local newspaper. When she visited her old workplace, she rediscovered the etched letters J.E. and C.B. [a former boyfriend] still carved into the desktop. Later in the week, Jonathan offered Jennifer an entire wooden-covered bridge as a sign of his love.

Legend had it that if two lovers kissed on the bridge at sunrise then they would be destined to be together forever. The bridge was falling apart so Jonathan hired a local carpenter to rebuild it for his Jennifer. This type of romantic gesture helped keep the Hart's love life vibrant and alive.

When not attending fancy parties and traveling around the globe to exotic romantic vacation spots, Jonathan and Jennifer enjoy being amateur sleuths. [“Their hobby is murder”].

Freeway, the Hart family DogThe Hart’s share their home with Max, Jonathan’s gravelly-voiced, cigar-smoking old friend who acts as the family’s live-in housekeeper and chauffeur; and Freeway, their scruffy little dog [an unclipped Löwchen breed they found lost on the freeway]. "Get off the couch!" was a common remark yelled by Max who cared for Freeway most of the time.

The Hart’s drive around town in a number of expensive cars including a rare 1956 Bentley Convertible; a yellow 1979 Mercedes Benz 450 SL with a chocolate interior; a yellow 1983 Mercedes Benz 380 SL Convertible with black interior; a silver Aston Martin Volante Convertible with black top and interior; and the family’s 1979 Mercedes Benz 300 TD Wagon which Max drove.

Robert Wagner and Lionel Stander - Photo courtesy of the Hart to Hart TV Series
Jonathan with his faithful friend, Max

Years before Jonathan was a wealthy man, he was a orphan and in trouble with the law. Max rescued Jonathan from a troubled life after high school and arranged to send Jonathan to college. He even gave him a black 1950 Ford convertible to drive to his new school. When Jonathan proved his abilities as a shrewd businessman, Max moved in with Jonathan as his housekeeper. But never forget that Max is more that just a chauffeur and housekeeper - he is an integral part of the family. When Jonathan married Jennifer, Max was the best man. He calls Jennifer "Mrs. H."

Today, Jonathan Hart is the President of Hart Industries. He retains majority interest in the common stock and occupies a seat as the Chairman of the Board [his wife also sits on the board] and Chief executive Officer. Founded in 1965 with just $1500 seed money, Jonathan built his investment into a multi-billion dollar conglomerate consisting of twenty companies with divisions in Electronics, Aerospace, Computer Program and Research Division, as well as Hartoy Chemo-Cal, Hart Shipping Lines and Hartscan Mineral Development. The company went public with its first stock offerings in March 1969. Hart industries is located at 112 North Las Palmas in L.A. (( 555-1271).

"This is my boss, Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire, he's quite a guy. This is Mrs. H., she's gorgeous, What a terrific lady. By the way my name is Max. I take care of them, which ain't easy 'cause their hobby is MURDER!"
  -- Series Opening Narration

TRIVIA NOTE: Of late, Roger Wagner has become a pop culture icon of sorts for his role as Number 2, the evil sidekick of Dr. Evil in the hilarious spy spoof films Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997); Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999); and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

In the 1960s, Robert Wagner starred as cat burglar Alexander Mundy in the adventure series IT TAKES A THIEF/ABC/1968-70 while Stefanie Powers earned fame as globe-trotting spy on THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1966-67.

Ironically both Powers and Wagner suffered tragedy in their lifetime. Robert Wagner's wife ,Natalie Wood drowned off Santa Catalina Island in California on November 29, 1981 while sailing on their yacht 'Splendour', and the love of Stefanie Power's life, actor William Holden died from lacerations from a fall in his home on November 16, 1981.

Robert Wagner has since remarried to Jill Saint John. Stefanie Powers is now President of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, Director of the Mount Kenya Game Ranch, and an international speaker on wildlife preservation, and as of 1999 hostess of the new cable channel, Romance Classics.

Lionel Stander died from inoperable lung cancer, at the age of 86 on November 30, 1994, two weeks after completing his role as Max in the Hart movie, Secrets of the Hart. He died peacefully at his Brentwood home surrounded by the love of his family and friends.


HART TO HART/ABC/1979-84

Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart
Stefanie Powers as Jennifer Hart
Lionel Stander as Max
Richard B. Shull as Lt. Gillis
Charlie the Dog as Freeway the Dog

 


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