Hollywood had to say goodbye to beloved actor Robert Vaughn. Vaughn was a well-known actor but most known for starring in the hit TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Vaughn co-starred with David McCallum in the popular show which created multiple spin-offs. He later appeared in several films alongside Steve McQueen and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bullitt. Vaughn also starred in the TV series The Lieutenant created by Gene Roddenberry. Vaughn had a brief stint in Broadway, performing in Twelve Angry Men, The Real Inspector Hound and The Pilgramage Play.
Robert Vaughn was born in New York to parents who were already in show business. Vaughn received a degree in theater from Los Angeles City College. His parents divorced and later decided to move in with his grandparents in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Throughout his life, Vaughn was politically active. He was a long-time member of the Democratic Party and was one of the first actors to publicly protest the Vietnam War. Vaughn had political ambitions of his own, but denied it during a 1973 conversation.
Family members announced he died from acute leukemia, which he had been receiving treatment for the last few years. Vaughn had roles in The Young Philadelphians, The Magnificent Seven and appeared in several television shows including: Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Father Knows Best. Vaughn earned an Emmy for his performance in Washington: Behind Closed Doors. Vaughn also played the villain in Superman III. He was recently featured in Law & Order SVU and appeared in all but one episode of British television series Hustle. Vaughn also appeared on the final season of The A-Team, playing the character General Hunt Stockwell, a CIA operative whom the team worked for and do missions.