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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Remembering Robert Vaughn 1932 - 2016

Actor Robert Vaughn, who died Friday at age 83, was best known for his role as spy Napoleon Solo in the 1964-68 NBC series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., eight feature films (which were reedited versions of the TV episodes) and a 1983 CBS reunion movie, Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair. He also appeared as a regular in The Lieutenant (1963-64), The Protectors (1972-74), Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983-84), The A-Team (1986-87) and Hustle (2004-12).

Vaughn won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the 1977 ABC miniseries, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, and he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his performance as President Woodrow Wilson in the 1979 NBC miniseries, Backstairs at the White House. And on October 6, 1966, Vaughn appeared as a bachelor on the ABC series, The Dating Game, and he was picked for the date, which was a trip to London.

He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Young Philadelphians (1959). Other film credits include The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Caretakers (1963), Bullitt (1968), The Bridge at Remagen (1969), The Towering Inferno (1974), S.O.B. (1981) and Superman III (1983).

In January 1990, Vaughn appeared opposite Polly Bergen in the Broadway production of Love Letters. And he was the first popular American actor to take a public stand against the Vietnam War.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Robert Vaughn's life and career.

He starred in the 1957 film, No Time to Be Young.

He appeared in an episode of the CBS anthology drama series, The June Allyson Show, on December 8, 1960.

Below is the opening title sequence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s seventh episode on November 10, 1964. And he discussed getting cast in the series in an Archive of American Television interview on May 18, 2007.

On July 8, 1967, he discussed his views about Vietnam with host William F. Buckley Jr. on the syndicated series, Firing Line. And he discussed this appearance in a 2007 Archive of American Television interview.

He starred in the 1972-74 British series, The Protectors.

He was interviewed about Superman III by Gene Shalit on The Today Show in 1983.

In 2012, he had a three-week guest stint on the British soap opera, Coronation Street.

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