Robert Vaughn, A.K.A. Napoleon Solo, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Dead at 83
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 – 1:29 PM
(AFP) Robert Vaughn, best known for his role as Napoleon Solo on the hit US television spy series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” died Friday of acute leukemia aged 83, his manager said.
“Mr. Vaughn passed away (in New York) with his family around him,” Matthew Sullivan told entertainment magazine Deadline Hollywood.
The actor is survived by his wife Linda, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.
Born in New York to show business parents, Vaughn first gained attention for his Oscar-nominated role in the 1959 movie “The Young Philadelphians.”
A year later, he starred as an on-the-run gunman in the popular Western movie “The Magnificent Seven.”
But though the actor acquired a lengthy list of credits in movies, he gained real star power for his roles on television, notably as the suave and cool Napoleon Solo — the television version of James Bond — in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
The series, which ran from 1964 to 1968, was one of the most popular shows of the 1960s and turned Vaughn into an international star.
After the series ended he returned to the big screen, starring in a number of movies, including opposite Steve McQueen in “Bullitt,” before returning to television.
More recently, he played a con man on the British series “Hustle” and appeared briefly in 2012 in the British soap opera “Coronation Street.”
(CNS) – Flowers will be placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of the late actor Robert Vaughn Friday.
The memorial wreath will be placed on his star, located at 6633 Hollywood Blvd. in front of the Escape Hotel, at 1 p.m. by the Hollywood Historic Trust.
The 83-year-old actor, best known for his starring role on NBC’s 1960s spy show, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” died in New York City Friday after a battle with leukemia, his manager announced.
Vaughn appeared in many film and TV roles in the 1960s and ’70s. His recent work included a long-running role on the British TV series, “Hustle” from 2004-12, and a 2015 appearance on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”