11/22/2011 03:59 pm ET Updated Nov 22, 2011

Robert Wagner: Murder Suspect On 'NCIS'

In a serendipitous publicity coup for CBS -- and a seriously tough coincidence for the star -- Robert Wagner will guest star Tuesday night on the crime drama "NCIS," playing, of all things, a murder suspect.

Wagner, though he's been demure on the subject, has been the center of attention the last week as the LASO reopened the investigation into the 1981 drowning death of his wife, Natalie Wood. The captain of the boat on which Wagner, Wood and Christopher Walken spent the evening on before her death recently came forward with new testimony, thrusting her mysterious death back into the spotlight.

The LASO has said that Wagner is not a suspect in the reopened investigation.

According to E! Online, Wagner will take on the role of Anthony DiNozzo Sr., father of Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo Jr., who gets suspected of murdering a naval officer found in his car's trunk. He has no memories of the events of the night before.