Friday, November 11, 2016

Robert Vaughn Dies: ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E’ Star Was 83 - With the death of Charles Bronson on August 30, 2003, he is the last surviving actor to have played one of the title characters in The Magnificent Seven (1960)


Robert Vaughn, whose Napoleon Solo on NBC’s spy yarn The Man From Uncle set TV’s 1960s standard for suavity and crimebusting cool, died today after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. His manager Matthew Sullivan confirmed the news to Deadline.

“Mr. Vaughn passed away with his family around him,” Sullivan said. The actor is survived by wife Linda, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.
Vaughn’s lengthy list of credits includes everything from an uncredited idol worshipper in The Ten Commandments to his angry, shouting audience member on Late Night With Conan O’Brien but he will no doubt be remembered for Napoleon Solo, television’s answer to James Bond. Uncle aired from 1964-68, and paired Vaughn’s elegant, dark-haired Solo with David McCallum’s blond Russian Illya Kuryakin, an early example of Cold War detente in the battle against global evildoers.
Though the series was not a huge hit, it spawned a short-lived spinoff, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. starring Stephanie Powers (’66-67), and contributed mightily to the Secret Agent Man craze of the mid-late ’60s.
Vaughn also had early roles in The Young Philadelphians (1959), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and played a gunman in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
More recently, Vaughn played con man Albert Stroller on British series Hustle (2004-12). During the first two months of ’12, he took on the role of Milton Fanshaw in Britain’s soap opera staple Coronation Street, wooing Stephanie Cole’s Sylvia Goodwin.
Though most closely associated with television, stretching back to appearances on such foundational series as Gunsmoke, Father Knows Best, Wagon Train, The Rifleman and The Dick Van Dyke Show, Vaughn boasted a solid resume of feature film work, 1958’s Teenage Cave Man notwithstanding. In addition to The Young Philadelphians (1959), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Bullitt (1968), Vaughn had memorable parts in popular pictures like The Towering Inferno (1974), S.O.B.(1981), Superman III (1983) and, as the uncredited voice of Proteus IV, Demon Seed(1977).
Perfectly willing to have some fun with his long-established image of charm and elegance, Vaughn made knowing appearances in cult fare like BASEketball (1998) and Pootie Tang (2001), not to mention his angry, ranting tirades on O’Brien’s late-night show.
Born in New York City, Vaughn moved to Los Angeles, where he earned a master’s degree in theater at Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences, then in 1970 a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Southern California. His dissertation, “Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting,” was published in 1972. His memoir, “A Fortunate Life,” was published in 2009.
Vaughn also appeared on stage, including a 1955 production of The Pilgramage Playin Hollywood, later taking roles in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, and, more recently, Twelve Angry Men at the U.K.’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2013, continuing with the production when it transferred to the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fuck this Asshole, one of the biggest admitted Communists ever to hit Hollyweird. Smarmy guy, and arrogant to boot. Police, Military, and Capitalism Hater. All Round Asshole.

Do Not compare this Asshole to patriotic Republican U.S. Military WW2 Combat Veteran Charles Bronson, especially on Veteran's Day.
Rest In Piss, Vaughn.

Anonymous said...

Well at least he saw trump win...

Anonymous said...

He is still doing Markus and Mack commercials.

NEIL BERGSTEIN said...

I remember his role as a whore politician in BULLITT, who tried to manipulate Steve McQueen's character.. He must've interned @ Chicago city hall in preparation....

Anonymous said...

as a kid i worked at Drury  LANE in evergreen pk and met this guy,it was all about him,ego t o beat the band ,didn't want to mingle with the help,super liberal prick,took off with the stage managers wife to...will not be missed,

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure he and his old UNCLE partner David McCollum used to play Hide the Sausage on the set.

Anonymous said...

mr bourbon street was molested by the Man, His UNCLE.

Anonymous said...

Mr bourbon street thought the magnificent seven was the penis up his asshole.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mingle with the help either. A famous actor is better than a lowly service worker. If you are looking for recognition dont be a servant.

Anonymous said...

Gay as fuck !

Anonymous said...

Fuck him !

Winston Wolf said...

ok now, lets not start sucking each others dicks.

the character vaughn played in magnificent seven was a bit of a coward campared to the other six.

Anonymous said...

Bronson was wounded on an air crew, think he was a gunner on a bomber crew.

Anonymous said...

Joo

Anonymous said...

If what you said is true , that makes you OLD AS FUCK !!!!!

Anonymous said...

As you know actors are arrested every day in Chicago

Anonymous said...

Rest in Piss, Commie Cocksucker.

Anonymous said...

Married to a Glenview girl.