The Man from U.N.C.L.E. : RIP: Actor Robert Vaughn dies at 83

RIP: Actor Robert Vaughn dies at 83

Actor Robert Vaughn, best known for playing Napoleon Solo on the NBC spy drama "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," died surrounded by his family after battling acute leukemia, his manager Mathew Sullivan tells

He was 83.

"Mr. Vaughn passed away at 7:30 this morning," Sullivan said, calling Vaughn "a great human being and a great actor."

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." aired from 1964-68 and made Vaughn one of TV's biggest stars.

Before moving to the small screen, Vaughn got his start in the movies as an extra on "The Ten Commandments" in 1956. Three years later he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "The Young Philadelphians," and played a gunman in the classic 1960 film "The Magnificent Seven."

But it was "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." that made Vaugh a household name. The show was an immediate hit when it debuted it 1964. It ran until 1968, part of an avalanche of secret-agent movies and TV shows touched off by the James Bond craze.

Vaughn's character teamed with a soft-spoken, Russian-born agent played by Scottish actor David McCallum. U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

The actor is survived by wife Linda, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.

Re: RIP: Actor Robert Vaughn dies at 83

Y'know, it really creeps me out when I hear that someone died "surrounded by family".
Makes me think of vultures hovering over a dying animal.

And let's be honest--some family members ARE vultures!
That's not to say it's true in Vaughn's case, but...

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They are vultures or the system teaches them to become vultures when they compete in a legal system that makes money when people think they have to go to war over resources.

My password is password

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Rest in Heavenly Peace, Mr. Vaughn...

"U.N.C.L.E. CLUB 11, EAST END (Code Name "Solo's Sweeties".)

You never knew, but you were the inspiration for a Third Grade version of the Buddy System. It started because of the standard neighbourhood Bullies who liked to chase the smaller children. U.N.C.L.E. also inspired physical fitness, by running, jumping, tree climbing and diving under bushes, and earned our Branch three Girl Scout Badges for "Map Making".

Thanks for the memories, Sir....

"...Closing Channel D. Over and Out..."

I do hope he won't upset Henry...

Re: RIP: Actor Robert Vaughn dies at 83

RIP Robert

Re: RIP: Actor Robert Vaughn dies at 83

I'm shocked. He's been such a consistent presence in my life- on film, TV and stage- during the last few years that I would've never seen this coming. It must have been a very sudden and quick illness; he was still doing films and recently did a one-man show on the stage (in the role of Dalton Trumbo). So unfortunate that he got leukemia at that age. A great man and actor; revolutionized the idea of the TV hero forever, was my favorite among the Magnificent Seven, played a classic villain in the defining "Bullit" and- for my money- deserved the Oscar for "Youg Philadelphians". Among other achievements that is. An important part of life is gone.

R.I.P. Bob. Goodbye, Napoleon.

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In the last couple of years he aged terribly - it was shocking to see.

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This is a ridiculous comment, buna

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This is one of the greatest TV shows of all time and Mr. Vaughn was a big part of the reason for that.