Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn

Infobox actor

name = Robert Vaughn
birthname = Robert Francis Vaughn
birthdate = birth date and age|1932|11|22
birthplace = New York City, New York, USA
spouse = Linda Staab (1974-present)
emmyawards = Supporting Actor - Drama Series
1978 ""

Robert Francis Vaughn (born November 22, 1932) is an American Academy Award-nominated actor noted for stage, film and television work. He is perhaps best known as suave spy Napoleon Solo in the popular 1960's TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", along with his villainous performance as Ross Webster in "Superman III", and most recently in the hit British drama, "Hustle", while continuing to be a popular television actor.


Early life

Vaughn was born in New York City to showbiz parents Marcella Frances (née Gaudel), a stage actress, and Gerald Walter Vaughn, a radio actor. [ [ Robert Vaughn Biography (1932-) ] ] He was raised in an Irish Catholic family. [ [,WKP-News-speak29.article CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Stage ] ] His parents separated when he was young, with Vaughn and his mother relocating to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where 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, California. He enrolled in Los Angeles City College, then transferred to Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences, where he earned his Master's degree in theater. Continuing his higher education even through his successful acting career, Vaughn earned a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Southern California, publishing his dissertation as the book "Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting" in 1972.


Vaughn made his television debut on the November 21, 1955 "Black Friday" episode of the American TV series "Medic", the first of more than 200 episodic roles by mid-2000. His first movie appearance was as an uncredited extra in "The Ten Commandments" (1956), playing a golden calf idolater and also visible in a scene in a chariot behind that of Yul Brynner. Vaughn's 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.

Vaughn's first notable appearance was in "The Young Philadelphians" (1959) for which he was nominated for a Supporting Actor Academy Award. 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" . Vaughn played a different role, Judge Oren Travis, on the 1998-2000 syndicated TV series "The Magnificent Seven". Vaughn is the only surviving member of the title cast of the original 1960 film (although Eli Wallach, who portrayed the villain Calvera, is still living).

In the 1963-1964 season, Vaughn appeared in "The Lieutenant" as Captain Raymond Rambridge alongside Gary Lockwood, the Marine second lieutenant at Camp Pendleton. His dissatisfaction with that role led him to request a series of his own. Earlier, Vaughn had guest starred on Lockwood's ABC series "Follow the Sun".

Vaughn currently is a spokesman in a set of generic advertisements for various law firms around the U.S. One example is [ Kalfus & Nachman] in Norfolk, VA. A TV commercial featuring Vaughn urges injured complainants to tell the insurance companies "You mean business."

"The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

From 1964 to 1968, he starred as "Napoleon Solo", the man from U.N.C.L.E. ("United Network Command for Law and Enforcement"), with British co-star David McCallum. Following the end of that series — which had spawned a spin-off show, large amounts of merchandising, and overseas theatrical movies of reedited episodes — It was in this year that Vaughn landed a large role playing an ambitious Californian politician in the film "Bullitt" staring Steve McQueen. Vaughn continued to act, in television and in mostly B movies. He starred in two seasons of the Gerry Anderson detective series "The Protectors" in the early 1970s, and a decade later 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. It was hoped Vaughn would help ease tensions between Mr. T and Peppard.

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. He began co-starring in the BBC series "Hustle", made for the UK's BBC One, also broadcast in the United States on the cable network AMC. In the series Vaughn plays elder-statesman con artist Albert Stroller, a father figure to a group of younger grifters. In September 2006, he guest-starred in "". Vaughn is a pitchman for personal injury attorneys in television commercials aired throughout the USA.

Vaughn also appeared as himself narrating and being a character in a radio play broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in 2007 about making a film in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the Russian invasion of 1968. Frequent references are made to his playing Napoleon Solo and the character's great spying abilities.

Personal life

Vaughn is a well known member of the Democratic Party. Due to his tremendous popularity at the time, he was asked by the California Democratic Party to oppose fellow actor Ronald Reagan, who was the Republican Party nominee, in the 1966 Gubernatorial Election. The thinking being that the handsome and charismatic Vaughn, who was in the prime of his career at that point, would be able to counteract Reagan, who was also charismatic, but older and at the time not as popular an actor as Vaughn was. However, Vaughn refused, stating his support for Edmund G. Brown. Brown lost the election in a landslide to Reagan, and the victory helped catapult Reagan all the way to the Presidency.

Vaughn was a very close friend of Robert Kennedy, and supported his candidacy for President before his assassination.

Vaughn mentioned in a television interview that his best friends in Hollywood included the late James Coburn who was his best friend, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and the late George Peppard.

In his upcoming memoir, "A Fortunate Life," Vaughn recalls watching his good friend, and future Oscar winner 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.'"

Vaughn married actress Linda Staab in 1974. They appeared together in a 1973 episode of The Protectors called It Could Be Practically Anywhere On the Island in which Staab guested as a dizzy American whose dog was stolen. Vaughn's character Harry Rule stepped in to find the dog. They have adopted two children, Cassidy (b. 1975) and Caitlin (b. 1981). They also have a Labrador Retriever mix named Sam (named after the beer, Sam Adams), which was adopted after the death of their previous dog, a Bichon Frisé named Peaches. [cite news
author = Blaine Novak
title = Robert Vaughn and his friend Sam
publisher = HealthyPet Magazine
pages = 12-15
date = Fall 2006



* He appeared in the United States in the early 1970s as the lead actor in the Tom Stoppard play, "The Real Inspector Hound".
* Has portrayed Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman in addition to Woodrow Wilson, in the 1979 television miniseries "Backstairs at the White House". He additionally played Roosevelt on TV, in the 1982 telefilm "FDR: That Man in the White House").


*"Hell's Crossroads" (1957)
*"No Time to be Young" (1957)
* "Teenage Cave Man" (1958)
* "Good Day for a Hanging" (1958)
* "The Young Philadelphians" (1959)
* "The Magnificent Seven" (1960)
* "The Venetian Affair" (1967)
* "Bullitt" (1968)
* "The Bridge at Remagen" (1969)
* "The Mind of Mr. Soames" (1970)
* "Julius Caesar" (1970)
* "Clay Pigeon" (1971)
* "The Towering Inferno" (1974)
* "Starship Invasions" (1977)
* "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980)
* "Hangar 18 (film)" (1980)
* "S.O.B." (1981)
* "Demon Seed" (1977; voice of Proteus IV, uncredited)
* "Superman III" (1983)
* "Hour of the Assassin" (1985)
* "The Delta Force" (1986)
* "Renegade" (1987)
* "Witch Academy" (1993)
* "Joe's Apartment" (1996)
* "BASEketball" (1998)
* "Pootie Tang" (2001)


*"Dry Run", episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" series (1959)
* "Bonanza" (guest appearance as "Luke," a wanted murderer)
* "The Lieutenant"
* "Solo" (pilot episode for the below)
* "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
* "The Protectors"
* "Murrow"
* "Columbo" (two guest appearances: One as a victim, the other as the murderer)
* "Murder She Wrote" (three guest appearances)
* "Emerald Point N.A.S."
* "The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E." (telefilm)
* "Centennial" later part of the miniseries
* "The A-Team"
* "The Nanny" (guest appearance as Maxwell Sheffield's father)
* "Hustle"


External links

*imdb name|id=0001816|name=Robert Vaughn
*amg name|id=2:73149|name=Robert Vaughn
* [ Official Robert Vaughn Website]

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