Robert Wagner plays murder suspect on 'NCIS' -- bad timing alert!

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ncis-robert-wagner-cbs.jpg Robert Wagner signing on for another guest spot on "NCIS" must've sounded like a good idea at the time. But now that authorities have re-opened the case of his wife Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning death, it just seems like a case of very bad timing.

In "Sins of the Father," airing Nov. 22, Wagner reprises his role as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., the father of Michael Weatherly's character. DiNozzo, Sr. is found in a car with a dead body in the trunk and no recollection of the night before. Interestingly, Weatherly played Wagner in a 2004 TV movie about Wood's death.

The 81-year-old has remained relatively silent since Wood's case was reopened after 30 years, although Wood's sister, the boat's captain and an alleged ear witness have spoken to the press in recent days. Although police have said Wagner is not a suspect, the fact that he's playing one on TV doesn't do much for his public image.
Photo/Video credit: CBS