Robert Vaughn
American actor
Robert Vaughn
Robert Francis Vaughn is an Academy Award-nominated American actor noted for stage, film and television work. His best-known U.S. television series roles include the suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s in The Protectors. His film roles include playing one of the title characters in The Magnificent Seven and the voice of Proteus IV, the computer in Demon Seed.
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A Poignant 'Sgt. Pepper'-Style Tribute To The Stars We've Lost in 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The Beatles’ iconic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover has inspired a tribute to all of the celebrities who died in 2016. George Michael, Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Robert Vaughn, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Leonard Cohen were among the dozens of famous faces featured in Chris Barker’s poignant creation. There are also references to major world events, such as Donald Trump’s presidential election win and Britain’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union: This is too much now. #ripgeorgemicheal #LastChristmas #sgtpepper2016 #sgtpepper2016 massive thanks to @Carl_Price — christhebarker (@christhebarker) December 26, 2016 Inspired by the tumultuous year, the British artist wrote on his Tumblr that “a lot of people speculate that Bowie was actually the glue that was holding the universe together. It’s certainly been a bit different since he tragically passed away.” Barker posted the first version of the imag ...
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Robert Vaughn may be best known for 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,' but he had a range of colors to display
LATimes - 3 months
An actor of casual elegance and wry humor, Robert Vaughn died Friday just shy of his 84th birthday. He is best and internationally known as the star of NBC's mid-1960s spy series, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," a fact that lingers across generations who have no idea what that is. But his career stretched...
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Robert Vaughn dies at 83 - 3 months
Robert Vaughn, who appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows, has died at the age of 83. Paul Chapman reports.
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Robert Vaughn, 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Star, Dead At 83
Huffington Post - 3 months
Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83. Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast. The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons. It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum. Vaughn also guested as Napoleon Solo on sitcom “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and made an uncred ...
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A RIFT in the Clouds: An Interview With Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kathy Fish's stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Yemassee Journal, Guernica, Indiana Review and various other journals and anthologies. She is the author of four collections of short fiction: Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2013), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2012), a chapbook in A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness (Rose Metal Press, 2008) and Rift, co-authored with Robert Vaughan (Unknown Press, 2015). She has recently joined the faculty of the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver where she will be teaching flash fiction. Robert Vaughan's writing has been published in over 500 various literary journals, such as Necessary Fiction, Elimae, Literary Orphans, Everyday Genius, The Lit Pub, and Nervous Breakdown. He's also been selected for anthologies such as Stripped (2012), Flash Fiction Funny (2014), and This is Poetry (2015). He is the author of four collections: Microtones (Cervena Barva Pr ...
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ABC's classic western 'The Rifleman' takes aim again via DVD
LATimes - about 3 years
The first season of the classic ABC western series "The Rifleman," which aired from 1958 to '63, has arrived on DVD. The set marks the first time all 40 episodes of the series, which starred Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain, a Civil War vet and widowed father of young Mark (Johnny Crawford), have been presented in sequence of their original telecast. Created by Arnold Laven and developed by Sam Peckinpah, who wrote and directed several episodes, "The Rifleman" was an immediate success. The series, which also airs on ME-TV, featured such guest stars as James Coburn, Dennis Hopper, Michael Landon, Harry Dean Stanton and Robert Vaughn. For more information go to . Pictured: Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman."     
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Geoff Cox’s DVD reviews: Les Miserables
The Bucks Herald - almost 4 years
Even if it doesn’t convert those who loathe musicals, well-mounted film ‘poperetta’ LES MISERABLES (12: Universal) will please fans of the long-running stage sensation. Tom Hooper, who directed The King’s Speech, is at the helm and takes a rabble-rousing approach to Victor Hugo’s 1,400-page saga. On his side is a dream cast of Hollywood’s finest performing live on camera, with the action revolving around Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a Frenchman released from a chain gang in 1815 after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. A bitter and broken man, his life is changed by an act of kindness. But the thief-turned-good Samaritan is doggedly pursued through 19th Century France by obsessive Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). Despite a running time of two-and-a-half-hours, the story is abridged, yet it’s still inspirational thanks to evergreen anthems like Bring Him Home and Anne Hathaway singing her heart out in a powerfully moving rendition of I Dreamed A Dream. She’s at the cen ...
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'Excuse Me for Living' review
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
'Excuse Me for Living' review The film centers on a spoiled, highly intelligent, upper-class druggie (Tom Pelphrey) who is rescued from a suicide attempt and put under the care of a dedicated psychiatrist (Robert Vaughn). The character is entirely without charm, but the milieu in which he travels - decadent, opulent, young - has its appeal, and the movie wakes up with the introduction of Melissa Archer, as the one virtuous woman in our hero's life. The strangeness of the banter, the cuteness of the tone and the film's naive conviction that its hero is worth redeeming all keep "Excuse Me for Living" from being a worthwhile depiction of a particular world.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Vaughn
  • 2012
    Age 79
    His role as Milton in the long-running program lasted from January to February 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Vaughn is a long-time member of the Democratic Party. His family was also Democratic and was involved in politics in Minneapolis. and early in his career, he was described as a "liberal Democrat". He was the chair of the California Democratic State Central Committee speakers bureau and actively campaigned for candidates in the 1960s. Vaughn was the first popular American actor to take a public stand against the Vietnam War and was active in the Vietnam-War-era peace group, Another Mother for Peace, and, with Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, was a founder of Dissenting Democrats.
    From January to February 2012, he appeared in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street as Milton Fanshaw, a love interest for Sylvia Goodwin, played by veteran English actress Stephanie Cole.
    More Details Hide Details Robert Vaughn was born in New York City, to performer parents: Marcella Frances (née Gaudel), a stage actress, and Gerald Walter Vaughn, a radio actor. His ancestry includes Irish, French, and German. After his parents divorced, Vaughn lived in Minneapolis with his grandparents while his mother traveled. He attended North High School and later enrolled in the University of Minnesota as a journalism major. He quit after a year and moved to Los Angeles with his mother. He enrolled in Los Angeles City College, then transferred to Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences, where he earned a master's degree in theater. Continuing his higher education during his acting career, Vaughn earned a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Southern California in 1970. In 1972, he published his dissertation as the book Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting.
  • 2011
    Age 78
    In November 2011, it was announced that Vaughn would appear for three weeks in the British soap opera Coronation Street.
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  • 2007
    Age 74
    Vaughn also appeared as himself narrating and being a character in a radio play broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in 2007 about making the film The Bridge at Remagen in Prague, during the Russian invasion of 1968.
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  • 2006
    Age 73
    In September 2006, he guest-starred on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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  • 2004
    Age 71
    In 2004, after a string of guest roles on series such as Law & Order, in which he had a recurring role during season eight, Vaughn experienced a resurgence.
    More Details Hide Details He began co-starring in the British TV drama series Hustle, made for BBC One. The series was also broadcast in the United States on the cable network AMC. In the series, Vaughn plays elder-statesman American con artist Albert Stroller, a father figure to a group of younger grifters.
  • 1983
    Age 50
    In 1983-1984, he appeared as industrialist Harlan Adams in the short-lived CBS series Emerald Point N.A.S., replacing Patrick O'Neal.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1990s, he made several cameo appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien as an audience member who berates the host and his guests beginning with, "You people sicken me "
    In 1983, he starred as villainous multi millionaire Ross Webster in Superman III.
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  • 1974
    Age 41
    Vaughn married actress Linda Staab in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details They appeared together in a 1973 episode of The Protectors, called "It Could Be Practically Anywhere on the Island". They have adopted two children, Cassidy (born 1976) and Caitlin (born 1981). They reside in Ridgefield, Connecticut. For many years it was believed Vaughn was the father of English film director and producer Matthew Vaughn, born when the actor was in a relationship with early 1970s socialite Kathy Ceaton, but a much later paternity investigation subsequently identified the father as George de Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat and godson of King George VI. Early in Matthew's life Vaughn had asked for the child's surname to be Vaughn, which Matthew continues to use professionally.
  • 1968
    Age 35
    Early in the 1968 presidential election, they supported the candidacy of Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy, who was running for president as an alternative to Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who supported President Lyndon Johnson's escalation of the war in Vietnam.
    More Details Hide Details Vaughn was also reported to have political ambitions of his own, but in a 1973 interview, he denied having had any political aspirations. In his memoir, A Fortunate Life, Vaughn recalls watching his good friend Jack Nicholson stumble his way through a scene of Bus Stop in a mid-1950s acting class without the "confidence" to carry it off. "Nicholson declared, 'Vaughnie, I'm going to give myself two more years in this business. Then I'm going to look for another way to make a living.' 'Hang in there, Jack,' Vaughn told him. 'You're too young to quit.'"
  • 1966
    Age 33
    In 1966, Vaughn appeared as a bachelor on the nighttime premiere of The Dating Game.
    More Details Hide Details He was picked for the date, which was a trip to London. Vaughn continued to act, in television and in mostly B movies. He starred in two seasons of the British detective series The Protectors in the early 1970s. He won an Emmy for his portrayal of Frank Flaherty in Washington: Behind Closed Doors (ABC, 1977) and during the 1980s starred with friend George Peppard in the final season of The A-Team. According to Dirk Benedict, Vaughn was actually added to the cast of that show because of his friendship with Peppard as it was hoped that Vaughn would help ease existing tensions between Mr. T and Peppard.
  • 1964
    Age 31
    From 1964-68, Vaughn played Solo with Scottish co-star David McCallum playing his fellow agent Illya Kuryakin.
    More Details Hide Details This production spawned a spinoff show, large amounts of merchandising, overseas theatrical movies of re-edited episodes, and a sequel The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. - The Fifteen-Year-Later Affair. In the year the series ended, Vaughn landed a large role playing Chalmers, an ambitious California politician in the film Bullitt starring Steve McQueen; he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role.
  • 1963
    Age 30
    In 1963 he also appeared in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show as Jim Darling, a successful businessman and an old flame of Laura Petrie in the episode "It's A Shame She Married Me".
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    In the 1963-64 season, Vaughn appeared in The Lieutenant as Captain Raymond Rambridge alongside Gary Lockwood, the Marine second lieutenant at Camp Pendleton.
    More Details Hide Details His dissatisfaction with the somewhat diminished aspect of the character led him to request an expanded role. During the conference, his name came up in a telephone call and he ended up being offered a series of his own — as Napoleon Solo, title character in a series originally to be called Solo, but which became The Man from U.N.C.L.E. after the pilot was reshot with Leo G. Carroll in the role of Solo's boss. This was the role which would make Vaughn a household name even behind the Iron Curtain. Vaughn had guest-starred on Lockwood's ABC series Follow the Sun.
  • 1955
    Age 22
    Vaughn made his television debut on the November 21, 1955 "Black Friday" episode of the American TV series Medic, the first of more than two hundred episodic roles by the middle of 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Vaughn appeared as Stan Gray with Virginia Christine as his older sister, Hester, in the surprise-ending episode "The Twisted Road" of the western syndicated series, Frontier Doctor, starring Rex Allen in the title role as Dr. Bill Baxter. His first film appearance was as an uncredited extra in The Ten Commandments (1956), playing a golden calf idolater also visible in a scene in a chariot behind that of Yul Brynner. His first credited movie role came the following year in the Western Hell's Crossroads (1957), in which he played the real-life Bob Ford, the killer of outlaw Jesse James. After being seen by Burt Lancaster in Calder Willingham's play End as a Man, Vaughn was signed to a contract with Lancaster's film company and was to have played the Steve Dallas role in Sweet Smell of Success but was drafted into the United States Army before he could begin the film. Vaughn served in the United States Army and became a drill sergeant.
  • 1954
    Age 21
    Next, he appeared as gunman Lee in The Magnificent Seven (1960), a role he essentially reprised 20 years later in Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), both films being adaptations of filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese samurai epic, Seven Samurai.
    More Details Hide Details Vaughn is the last surviving member of those who portrayed The Magnificent Seven. He played a different role, Judge Oren Travis, on the 1998-2000 syndicated TV series The Magnificent Seven.
  • 1932
    Born on November 22, 1932.
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