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Robert Wolders
Robert Wolders Laredo 1966.JPG
Wolders in the television series Laredo in October 1966
Born (1936-09-28) 28 September 1936 (age 78)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Years active 1965–1975
Spouse(s) Merle Oberon
(1975–1979; her death)
Partner(s) Audrey Hepburn
(1980–1993; her death)
Shirlee Fonda

Robert Wolders (born 28 September 1936)[1] is a Dutch television actor. Most known for his role in the television series Laredo and appearing in series such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bewitched, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He was also the husband of Merle Oberon and longtime partner of Audrey Hepburn.


Wolders started out appearing in TV series like Flipper and The John Forsythe Show before landing the role of Erik Hunter in the second season of the TV series Laredo. He also had various guest roles in other shows, including Daniel Boone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Name of the Game, The F.B.I., Bewitched, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Wolders stopped acting shortly after marrying Merle Oberon in 1975.

Personal life[edit]

Wolders and partner Audrey Hepburn talking with President Ronald Reagan in May 1981

He met actress Merle Oberon while filming Interval in 1973. Oberon was married at the time but after filming with Wolders, she divorced her husband, Bruno Pagliai, whom she was married to for 16 years and married Wolders in 1975. Wolders was 25 years younger than Oberon. They were married until her death in 1979 from a stroke.[2]

In 1980, Wolders became the companion of Audrey Hepburn until her death in 1993.[3] From 1994–1995, he and actress-dancer Leslie Caron were together.[4]

Since 1995 he has been dating Henry Fonda's widow, Shirlee Fonda.[5][6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Flipper Captain Johnson TV series (1 episode: "Flipper and the Spy")
1966 The John Forsythe Show Mishka TV series (1 episode: "If I Were a Prince")
1966 Beau Geste Fouchet
1966–1967 Laredo Erik Hunter TV series (26 episodes)
1967 Tobruk Corporal Bruckner
1967 Daniel Boone Almaviva TV series (1 episode: "The Beaumarchais")
1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Andreas Petros TV series (1 episode: "The Man from THRUSH Affair")
1968 The Name of the Game Dubrek TV series (1 episode: "The White Birch")
1969 The F.B.I. Eric Linler TV series (1 episode: "The Doll Courier")
1970 Kemek[8] Sebastian
1970 Bewitched Clark TV series (1 episode: "The Corsican Cousins")
1973 Interval Chris
1974 Banacek Tommy Forrest TV series (1 episode: "The Vanishing Chalice")
1974 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Paul Van Dillen TV series (1 episode: "Not Just Another Pretty Face")
1974 McMillan & Wife Ilia Astrov TV series (1 episode: "The Game of Survival")
1975 The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond[9] Hendrik TV film


  1. ^ Nickerson, Linda Ann (28 September 2008). "September 28: Today's Notable Birthdays". Yahoo. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Charles, John. "Overview for Merle Oberon". TCM.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Podolsky, J.D. (31 October 1994). "Life with Audrey". People. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Fink, Mitchell (23 October 1995). "Fond Farewell". People. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Fink, Mitchell (6 November 1995). "Double Blowout". People. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Archerd, Army (26 March 2002). "Ambassadors to hail Hepburn, UN statue". Variety. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Wawrychuk, Todd (12 June 2008). "An Academy Centennial Tribute to James Stewart". Oscars.org. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kemek (1970)". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond, The (1975)". TCM.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

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