Saturday 10 December 2016

Man from U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn dies at 83

Laura Harding

Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30

Robert Vaughn had leukaemia. Photo: AP
Robert Vaughn had leukaemia. Photo: AP

The Man From U.N.C.L.E star Robert Vaughn has died of leukaemia at the age of 83.

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Mr Vaughn played suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s TV series and was also well known for portraying the skittish gunman Lee in the original The Magnificent Seven film.

He died after being treated in hospitals in New York and Connecticut, his spokesman confirmed. Manager Matthew Sullivan, who represented him for 30 years, said Mr Vaughn was "the most wonderful human being" and confirmed he died with his family around him.

Mr Vaughn was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar and Golden Globe for his early role in The Young Philadelphians and in 2012 he became the first major American star to feature on Coronation Street.

He played Milton Fanshaw, a wealthy American who met Sylvia Goodwin, played by Stephanie Cole, on a cruise.

He became a familiar face on British television with his role in the BBC show Hustle where he played conman Albert Stroller from 2004 to 2012.

Mr Sullivan added: "He had a blast doing Hustle for the BBC, he loved that show."

His Hustle co-star Adrian Lester called Mr Vaughn a "real gent" and revealed he used to tell tales on set about film stars including Marilyn Monroe and Steve McQueen.

Mr Lester said: "Old-school charm in a three-piece suit. He did everything on set and off with a twinkle in his eye and never once pulled rank or status or claimed he was too tired or just forgot.

"They really don't make them like him any more."

The Man From U.N.C.L.E saw Vaughn's Solo paired with David McCallum's blond Russian Illya Kuryakin, in roles that were revived by Superman actor Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer for Guy Ritchie's big screen reboot in 2015.

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

Mr Vaughn, who was the last surviving member of The Magnificent Seven, also had a starring role in Bullitt, opposite McQueen.

Irish Independent

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