During a small hiatus from blogging in November, WFG had learned about the death of beloved TV and film character actor Robert Vaughn, who passed away on November 11 at the age of 83.
Vaughn will forever be known as Napoleon Soto, the titular Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the popular TV series which spawned a big screen adaptation in 2015 with Henry Cavill in the role immortalized by Vaughn.
Robert Vaughn was born on November 22, 1932 in New York City. Originally a journalism major at the University of Minnesota, but dropped out after a year and moved to Los Angeles, where he would obtain his theater degree at the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences.
He started briefly in television in 1956 and had an uncredited small role in the 1956 classic The Ten Commandments. A year later, Vaughn received his first official credit in 1957’s Hell’s Crossroads, a Western. After enlisting in the military, he would appear in television Westerns but in 1959, his career became an all-time high when he was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for his role in The Young Philadelphians.
In 1964, Vaughn began his four-season run as Napoleon Solo in the hit series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., where he would team up with David McCallum‘s Ilya Kuryakin on a series of adventures. When the series ended in 1968, Vaughn continued his success as a television and film actor.
Some of his most noted performances were that in 1968’s Bullitt, 1974’s The Towering Inferno, 1983’s Superman III, and 1986’s The Delta Force.
Vaughn is survived by wife Linda Staab and their two children. World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of Robert Vaughn.
As a final tribute, here is Vaughn discussing how he was cast in his most iconic role courtesy of the TVLegends YouTube channel.
Rest in Peace, Robert Vaughn.