Tuesday 25 July 2017

'Man From U.N.C.L.E' star Robert Vaughn dies aged 83

In this undated photo, actor Robert Vaughn is photographed in Rome, Italy. Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's
In this undated photo, actor Robert Vaughn is photographed in Rome, Italy. Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the 1960s, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)
This undated file photo shows actor Robert Vaughn. Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the 1960s, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)
In this Sept. 18, 1979 file photo, actor Robert Vaughn poses with his Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor (AP Photo, File)
This Nov. 23, 1982 file photo shows actor Robert Vaughn. Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the 1960s, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
In this June 13, 2006 file photo, actor Robert Vaughn arrives for the premiere of "Broken Trail" in New York. Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the 1960s, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. (AP Photo/John Smock, File)
In this undated photo, actor Robert Vaughn is photographed in Rome, Italy. Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the 1960s, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)
American actor Robert Vaughn takes questions as he attends the Dean Martin Expo and Nostalgic, Comedy and Comic Convention featuring collections of memorabilia from 1950's and 60's in New York, New York June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
Actor Robert Vaughn answers questions during the panel for the AMC television show "Hustle" at the Television Critics Association 2007 winter press tour in Pasadena, California, U.S. January 12, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/File Photo
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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn has died, aged 83.

The TV and movie veteran, who originated the secret agent character Napoleon Solo and also appeared in the original The Magnificent Seven movie and Steve McQueen classic Bullitt, lost his battle with acute leukaemia in New York on Friday morning (11Nov16), surrounded by his family.

Born in the Big Apple in 1932 and raised in Minnesota, Vaughn studied journalism at the University of Minnesota before becoming an actor. He received an Oscar nomination for playing Paul Newman's sidekick in 1959's The Young Philadelphians, and he also appeared in Superman III and cult comedy Pootie Tang.

He picked up an Emmy Award for playing a character based on Richard Nixon's chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, in 1977 mini-series The Company.

In this Sept. 18, 1979 file photo, actor Robert Vaughn poses with his Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor (AP Photo, File)
In this Sept. 18, 1979 file photo, actor Robert Vaughn poses with his Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor (AP Photo, File)

He received another Emmy nomination for portraying Woodrow Wilson in the 1979 mini-series Backstairs at the White House. He also appeared on The A-Team and British series The Protectors, Hustle, and Coronation Street.

Vaughn's final film, Gold Star, was released last month (Oct16). His autobiography, A Fortunate Life, hit book stores in 2009.

In this June 13, 2006 file photo, actor Robert Vaughn arrives for the premiere of
In this June 13, 2006 file photo, actor Robert Vaughn arrives for the premiere of "Broken Trail" in New York. Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the 1960s, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. (AP Photo/John Smock, File)

Confirming the sad news of the actor's death on Friday, his manager Mathew Sullivan said, "Mr. Vaughn passed away at 7.30 this morning. He was a great human being and a great actor."

A memorial wreath will be placed on the actor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1pm local time on Friday.

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