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Robert Vaughn

Robert VaughnAKA Robert Francis Vaughn

Born: 22-Nov-1932
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 11-Nov-2016
Location of death: Danbury, CT
Cause of death: Cancer - Leukemia

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Napoleon Solo on The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Military service: US Army (drill sergeant)

Robert Vaughn is a gray-haired, silky-voiced actor, most famous as the stylish spy Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

After a year at the University of Minneapolis, he packed his bags for Hollywood. Instead of breaking into show business, however, he studied drama at local colleges, earning two degrees. He then joined the Army, eventually serving as a drill sergeant. After his discharge, he appeared in his first film, The Ten Commandments, as an extra in a cast of thousands. His first real role on film was a 1957 western, Hell's Crossroads. Of The Magnificent Seven (Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, Horst Buchholz, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, (ambiguous link, Steve McQueen), and Vaughn), he is now the sole survivor. He played the crooked capitalist in Bullitt with McQueen, and a society cad in The Young Philadelphians with Paul Newman. He has also played American Presidents Harry S. Truman in The Man From Independence and, on stage, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Vaughn had several TV series in addition to The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. In the mid-1960s he co-starred with Gary Lockwood in The Lieutenant, and in the early 1970s he played Harry Rule in The Protectors. He also played Hunt Stockwell on The A-Team with George Peppard, and veteran con man Albert Stroller on Hustle.

Vaughn was later one of the first Hollywood name actors to take a stand against the Vietnam war, and actively campaigned for Democrats John and Robert F. Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, and Pierre Salinger.

He met his wife, stage actress Linda Staab when they co-starred in a Chicago production of The Tender Trap in 1970. He had a long-term affair with the mother of producer-director Matthew Vaughn, who was raised believing Vaughn was his father. A paternity test, however, has established that George De Vere Drummond, a British playboy, is the younger Vaughn's father.

Vaughn joined the American Association of Retired Persons at the age of 62, and says he takes advantage of every senior citizens' discount. His autobiography is titled, Christ, Hamlet, Ho Chi Minh: As I Knew Them.

Father: Walter Vaughn (radio and Broadway actor)
Mother: Marcella Gaudel (stage actress)
Girlfriend: Barbara Eden (actor, dated in late 1950s)
Girlfriend: Natalie Wood (actress)
Girlfriend: Mary Ann Mobley (beauty queen, semi-actress)
Girlfriend: Patricia Kennedy Lawford (dau. of Joseph P. Kennedy)
Girlfriend: Kathleen Kennedy (dau. of Robert and Ethel Kennedy)
Wife: Linda Staab (stage actress, m. 1974, two children)
Daughter: Caitlin Vaughn
Son: Cassidy Vaughn

    High School: North High School, Minneapolis, MN
    University: Journalism, University of Minnesota (one year, dropped out)
    University: BA Drama, Los Angeles City College
    University: MA Drama, California State University Los Angeles
    University: PhD Communications, University of Southern California

    Emmy 1978 for Washington: Behind Closed Doors (miniseries)
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 27-Jul-1998 at 6633 Hollywood Blvd.

    Hustle Albert Stroller (2004-)
    One Life to Live Bishop Corrington (1996)
    As the World Turns Rick Hamlin (1995)
    The A Team Gen. Hunt Stockwell (1986-87)
    Emerald Point N.A.S. Harlan Adams (1983-84)
    The Protectors Harry Rule (1972-74)
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo (1964-68)
    The Lieutenant Capt. Ray Rambridge (1963-64)

    Excuse Me for Living (12-Oct-2012)
    The Warrior Class (6-Feb-2007)
    2B Perfectly Honest (2-May-2004)
    The Mystery of Natalie Wood (10-Feb-2004) · Himself
    Hoodlum & Son (27-Sep-2003)
    Happy Hour (10-Apr-2003)
    Pootie Tang (29-Jun-2001)
    BASEketball (28-Jul-1998) · Baxter Cain
    McCinsey's Island (1998)
    Motel Blue (16-Dec-1997)
    The Sender (1997)
    An American Affair (1997)
    Joe's Apartment (26-Jun-1996)
    Menno's Mind (1996)
    Escape to Witch Mountain (25-May-1995)
    Buried Alive (1990)
    Going Under (1990)
    Transylvania Twist (Oct-1989)
    River of Death (29-Sep-1989)
    C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud (27-Sep-1989)
    That's Adequate (Jan-1989)
    The Emissary (1989)
    Nobody's Perfect (1989)
    Captive Rage (14-Dec-1988)
    Skeleton Coast (1988) · Col. Schneider
    Renegade (13-Nov-1987)
    Hour of the Assassin (23-Jan-1987)
    The Delta Force (14-Feb-1986)
    Black Moon Rising (10-Jan-1986) · Ryland
    Evergreen (24-Feb-1985)
    Superman III (17-Jun-1983) · Ross Webster
    The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (5-Apr-1983)
    The Blue and the Gray (14-Nov-1982)
    Inside the Third Reich (9-May-1982)
    S. O. B. (1-Jul-1981)
    Battle Beyond the Stars (25-Dec-1980) · Gelt
    Hangar 18 (Jul-1980) · Gordon Cain
    Virus (26-Jun-1980)
    City in Fear (30-Mar-1980)
    Cuba Crossing (Jan-1980)
    The Rebels (14-May-1979)
    Brass Target (9-Mar-1979)
    Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979)
    Centennial (1-Oct-1978)
    Starship Invasions (14-Oct-1977)
    Captains and the Kings (30-Sep-1976)
    La baby sitter (15-Oct-1975)
    The Towering Inferno (10-Dec-1974) · Sen. Parker
    The Woman Hunter (19-Sep-1972)
    Clay Pigeon (Aug-1971)
    The Statue (27-Jan-1971)
    The Mind of Mr. Soames (12-Oct-1970)
    Julius Caesar (4-Jun-1970)
    The Bridge at Remagen (13-Aug-1969) · Maj. Paul Kreuger
    If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (24-Apr-1969) · Photographer
    Bullitt (17-Oct-1968) · Chalmers
    The Karate Killers (7-Apr-1967)
    The Venetian Affair (18-Jan-1967)
    One Spy Too Many (28-Feb-1966)
    The Caretakers (21-Aug-1963) · Jim Melford
    The Big Show (10-May-1961)
    The Magnificent Seven (23-Oct-1960) · Lee
    The Young Philadelphians (21-May-1959) · Chester A. Gwynn
    Good Day for a Hanging (Jan-1959) · The Kid
    Unwed Mother (23-Nov-1958)
    Teenage Cave Man (Jul-1958)
    No Time to Be Young (Aug-1957)

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