The Hollywood community has lost another beloved actor far too soon today. Robert Vaughn, who may be best known for starring in the 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven and the hit 1960s TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., has passed away at the age of 83. The actor had been suffering from acute leukemia, his manager confirmed earlier today. The actor passed away surrounded by his family.
BBC reports that the actor passed away in New York City this morning. Vaughn had recently completed work on two more projects, guest starring in an episode of NBC's long-running procedural Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and a role in the feature film Gold Star where he plays a dying father who is being taken care of my his daughter (Victoria Negri). He also has a role in The American Side alongside Matthew Broderick.
Robert Vaughn was born on November 22, 1932 at Charity Hospital in New York City, to parents who were both a part of show business. His father Walter was a radio actor while his mother Marcella was a stage actress. After toiling in guest starring roles throughout the late 1950s, Robert Vaughn had his breakthrough with the 1959 film The Young Philadelphians starring alongside Paul Newman, which earned him his first and only Academy Award nomination. The next year, he starred in the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, alongside Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz. Robert Vaughn was the last surviving member of the main cast.
Despite finding success on the big screen, Robert Vaughn continued to guest star in a number of TV shows throughout the early 1960s. He landed his first small screen starring role in The Lieutenant, which only ran for one season from 1963 to 1964, created by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, before his biggest TV role as Napoleon Solo on The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. The show ran for four seasons, with Robert Vaughn starring alongside David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin, where he earned two Golden Globe nominations.
Throughout his career, Robert Vaughn would split his time between the big and small screens, racking up a number of impressive roles in films such as Bullitt, The Bridge at Remagen and The Towering Inferno, along with TV shows such as The Protectors and guest starring spots on Columbo and many more. He also played General Hunt Stockwell on the 1980s hit series The A-Team, billionaire Baxter Cain in BASEketball, Dick Lecter in Pootie Tang and Albert Stroller in 48 episodes of the TV series Hustle, with his run spanning from 2004 to 2012. Robert Vaughn is survived by his wife Linda, and his children, Cassidy and Caitlin. Take a look at some tributes that have started to come in through social media, after word of Robert Vaughn's passing started to spread.
Oh no. Robert Vaughn, such a fine actor, one of the best Columbo villains (no higher praise than that) & an utterly charming man, has died.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) November 11, 2016
RIP Napoleon Solo! The great Robert Vaughn was the coolest guy on TV when I was a kid. Superb in Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven & many more. pic.twitter.com/h7AzfN2pt0— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 11, 2016
Steve McQueen, 1980— The Pixel Factor (@ThePixelFactor) November 11, 2016
Yul Brynner, 1985
James Coburn, 2002
Brad Dexter, 2002
Horst Buchholz, 2003
Charles Bronson, 2003
Robert Vaughn, 2016 pic.twitter.com/A7OaPeggYQ
Sorry to hear the news about Robert Vaughn.— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) November 11, 2016