The legendary longtime Hollywood actor Robert Vaughn who acting career encompassed numerous movies and TV shows spanning some six decades died on Friday at the age of 83.
The Hollywood icon was born on November 22, 1932 in New York City. Both of his parents were in show business, his father, Walter, being a radio actor and his mother, Marcella, being a stage actress.
Here are five quick facts about the actor that you may not know:
1. Vaughn won a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota, where he lived with his grandparents. However, he left the university after his first year and moved to Los Angeles where he graduated from Los Angeles City College in 1956 with a degree in theater. He was instantly drafted in the U.S. Army where he served as a drill instructor.
2. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in the 1960 film ‘The Young Phildelphians.’ In that same year, Vaughn landed his most famous role as Napoleon Solo on the TV Series ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Of course, the show was inspiration for the recent feature film by the same name.
3. Vaughn was a longtime Democrat, outspoken and opinionated, he opposed the Vietnam War. He supported Senator Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 presidential race against Richard Nixon, which Nixon won handily. In organizing events and rallies and networking with Democratic Party leaders at the state and national levels, he became close friends with Robert F. Kennedy. At one point, the Democratic Party spoke to him about challenging Ronald Reagan in the race for California governor.
4. Vaughn is of Welsh and Irish descent. He and his wife, actress Linda Staab, had two adopted children, son Cassidy who was born in 1976, and daughter Caitlin, who was born in 1981.
5. He died after a battle with acute leukemia. According to his manager, Matthew Sullivan, “Mr. Vaughn passed away with his family around him.”