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"I've managed to stretch my 15 minutes of fame into
more than half a century of good fortune."

- Robert Vaughn

In 1966, Vaughn appeared as a bachelor on the nighttime premiere of The Dating Game. He was picked for the date, which was a trip to London.

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..."

Robert Francis Vaughn (born November 22nd, 1932) is an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. His best-known TV roles include the suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series The Protectors. In film, he portrayed one of the title characters in The Magnificent Seven and Major Paul Krueger in The Bridge at Remagen, and provided the voice of Proteus IV, the computer villain of Demon Seed.

As grifter and card sharp Albert Stroller, Vaughn appeared in all but one of the 48 episodes of the British television drama series Hustle (above 2004-2012). 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.

Vaughn was born in New York City, to performer parents: Marcella Frances 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 and 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 even through his successful 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.

Vaughn made his television debut on the November 21st, 1955 "Black Friday" episode of the American TV series Medic, the first of more than two hundred episodic roles by the middle of 2000.

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. Vaughn's first credited movie role came the following year in the Western Hell's Crossroads (right 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's first notable appearance was in The Young Philadelphians (above 1959) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Next, he appeared as gunman Lee in The Magnificent Seven (below 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 is the last surviving member of the seven actors who portrayed The Magnificent Seven. He played a different role, Judge Oren Travis, on the 1998-2000 syndicated TV series The Magnificent Seven.

In the 1963-1964 season, Vaughn appeared in The Lieutenant (below) as Captain Raymond Rambridge alongside Gary Lockwood, the Marine second lieutenant at Camp Pendleton. The series was created and produced by Gene Roddenberry who would go on to create Star Trek. 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.

Napoleon Solo was the part that would make Vaughn a household name even behind the Iron Curtain. Earlier, Vaughn had guest-starred on Lockwood's ABC series Follow the Sun. Also in 1963 he appeared in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show as Jim Darling, a successful businessman and an old flame of Laura Petrie in "It's A Shame She Married Me" (below top). Vaughn would team up again with Van Dyke on an episode of Diagnosis Murder in one of the crossover episodes the liked to do. Sometimes they would do a show where all the guest stars were actors who had previously starred in other popular shows. And sometimes they would actually have crossovers with actors playing the characters they made popular on those shows. In the episode "Discards" (below bottom) they did both. In the episode Jesse (Charlie Schlatter) learns his dad is a spy who someone is trying to kill and it turns out there are a lot of guest star suspects played by actors best known for having played spies on other TV shows. I Spy's Robert Culp, The Avenger's Patrick Macnee and Vaughn from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s. While these guest stars are playing new characters, Barbara Bain, who had starred in the original Mission: Impossible reprises her role of Cinnamon Carter.

From 1964 to 1968, Vaughn played Solo with Scottish co-star David McCallum playing his fellow agent Illya Kuryakin. 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.

When they were filming the reunion movie, both lead actors were asked how the success of this show affected their careers. David McCallum said that he was often typecast and found it difficult to play other types of roles, Robert Vaughn said in his case the opposite was true, he played nothing but villains after the series ended. In 1966 at the height of U.N.C.L.E.mania, Vaughn appeared as a bachelor on the nighttime premiere of The Dating Game. He was picked for the date, which was a trip to London.

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. Vaughn would co-star with McQueen again in The Towering Inferno, a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen and featuring an all-star cast that also included Paul Newman.

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 80's starred with friend George Peppard in the final season of The A-Team (below). 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 1983 he starred as villainous multi millionaire Ross Webster in Superman III. In 1983-1984 he appeared as industrialist Harlan Adams in the short-lived CBS series Emerald Point N.A.S., replacing Patrick O'Neal. In 1989 Vaughn starred as an Army General in the low budget, cult zombie movie "Chud II".

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 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 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. In September 2006, he guest-starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Since the mid-1990s, Vaughn has been a spokesman in a set of generic advertisements for various personal injury law firms around the U.S.A. and Canada, such as that of Connecticut and Massachusetts law firm Mark E. Salomone & Morelli, Georgia's Eichholz Law Firm and the Maine-based law offices of Joe Bornstein. The television commercial features Vaughn urging injured complainants to "tell the insurance companies you mean business."

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, Czechoslovakia, during the Russian invasion of 1968.

Frequent references are made to his playing Napoleon Solo and the character's great spying abilities.

In November 2011, it was announced that Vaughn would appear for three weeks in the British soap opera Coronation Street. His cameo as Milton in the long-running program lasted for three weeks, from January to February 2012.

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". (pictured on the far left with Bobby Kennedy, on the right, and Norman Topping, president of the University of Southern California, in 1965).

Vaughn was the chair of the California Democratic State Central Committee speakers bureau and actively campaigned for candidates in the 1960s. In spite of being a registered Democrat, Vaughn did not support President Barack Obama, and described him as "not up to the job" in March 2009.

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. Early in the 1968 presidential election, they supported the candidacy of Eugene McCarthy, mentioned for the Vice Presidency. The choice was prophetic, as McCarthy was not selected for the second position but did seek the Presidency in 1968. Vaughn was also reported to have political ambitions of his own, but in a 1973 interview, he denied having had any political aspirations.

Vaughn has portrayed Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, in addition to Woodrow Wilson (in the 1979 television mini-series Backstairs at the White House). He additionally played Roosevelt in the 1982 telefilm FDR: That Man in the White House.

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 played a ditzy American whose dog was stolen; eventually Vaughn's character, Harry Rule, found the dog. They have adopted two children, Cassidy (born 1976) and Caitlin (born 1981). They reside in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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.'"

He portrayed Juror 9 in Twelve Angry Men at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the UK in October 2013. Between November 2013 and June 2014, he played the same role when the production was transferred to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.

Vaughn died in a hospice in Danbury, Connecticut, on November 11th, 2016, eleven days before his 84th birthday, after a year-long battle with leukemia.

    Selected Robert Vaughn TVography

77 Sunset Strip
- Your Fortune for a Penny (1963)

87th Precinct
- Heckler (1961)

The A-Team
- series regular as General Hunt Stockwell (13 episodes 1986-1987)

Alcoa Theatre
- The Last Flight Out (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Dry Run (1959)

The Aquanauts
- The Landslide Adventure (1961)

As the World Turns
- as Rick Hamlin (1995)

The Asphalt Jungle
- The Scott Machine (1961)

Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1979)

Big Town
- Fake S.O.S. (1956)
- Marine Story (1956)

The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini-Series)
- as Sen. Reynolds (1982)

- The Way Station (1962)

- Borrowed Glory (1959)

Burke's Law
- Who Killed the Movie Mogul? (1995)

Cain's Hundred
- The Debasers: Milton Bonner and Phillip Colerane (1962)

Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
- as Charles Desmond (6 episodes 1976)

Centennial (TV Mini-Series)
- as Morgan Wendell (10 episodes 1989 - 1979)

- Interrupted Honeymoon (1960)

- Last Salute to the Commodore (1976)
- Troubled Waters (1975)

Coronation Street
- guest star as Milton Fanshaw (13 episodes 2012)

Danger Theatre
- Move My Lips/Dead Stranger in Paradise (1993)
- An Old Friend for Dinner (1993)
- Go Ahead, Fry Me (1993)
- Comes a Searcher/Vengeance in the Grass (1993)
- Fatal Distraction/Lethal Luau (1993)

Diagnosis Murder
- Discards (1997)
- Murder Murder (1996)

The Dick Powell Show
- The Boston Terrier (1962)

The Dick Van Dyke Show
- It's a Shame She Married Me (1963)

- The Big Pack Rat (1958)

The DuPont Show with June Allyson
- Emergency (1960)

The Eddie Capra Mysteries
- Nightmare at Pendragon Castle (1978)

The Eleventh Hour
- The Silence of Good Men (1963)
- The Blues My Babe Gave to Me (1962)

Emerald Point N.A.S.
- as Harlan Adams (13 episodes 1983-1984)

- No Small Wars (1963)

Evergreen (TV Mini-Series)
- Episodes #1 to 3 (1985)

Family of the Year
- Monty Holloway (2007)

Father Knows Best
- Betty Goes Steady (1956)

Follow the Sun
- The Far End of Nowhere (1961)
- A Rage for Justice (1961)

- The Return of Jubal Dolan (1956)

Frontier Doctor
- The Twisted Road (1959)

G.E. True
- Defendant Clarence Darrow (1963)

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
- The Mother Muffin Affair (1966)

Greatest Heroes of the Bible
- Daniel in the Lions' Den (1978)

- Romeo (1957)
- Cooter (1956)

Hawaii Five-O
- The Spirit Is Willie (1979)

The Hitchhiker
- Face to Face (1984)

- Charades (1983)

- City Under Siege: Part 1, 2 and 3 (1989)

- series star as Albert Stroller (48 episodes 2012)

Jefferson Drum
- Return (1958)

Kraft Mystery Theater
- Death of a Dream (1962)

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
- Dragonswing II (1994)
- Dragonswing (1993)

- The Dark Trail (1960)

The Last Bastion (TV Mini-Series)
- as Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1984)

Law & Order
- Monster (1998)
- Bad Girl (1998)
- Burned (1997)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- Clock (2006)
- December Solstice (2015)

Law of the Plainsman
- The Innocents (1959)
- The Dude (1959)

The Lieutenant
- series star as Captain Ray Rambridge (16 episodes 1963-1964)

Little Britain USA
- Episode #1.5 (2008)

The Lineup
- Prelude to Violence (1959)

Love at First Sight
- Lady Hit (1991)

The Love Boat
- Model Marriage, A/This Year's Model/Original Sin/Vogue Rogue/Too Clothes for Comfort (1981)

Lux Video Theatre
- Cover-Up (1955)

The Magnificent Seven
- Lady Killers (2000)
- The Trial (2000)
- Wagon Train: Part 1 (1999)
- The New Law (1999)
- Nemesis (1998)
- One Day Out West (1998)

The Man from Blackhawk
- Remember Me Not (1960)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- series star as Napoleon Solo (105 episodes 1964-1968)

- Black Friday (1955)

Men Into Space
- Moon Cloud (1960)

Mike Hammer
- The Living Dead (1958)

The Millionaire
- The Jay Powers Story (1956)

Murder, She Wrote
- The Witch's Curse (1992)
- The Grand Old Lady (1989)
- Murder Digs Deep (1985)

The Nanny
- Immaculate Concepcion (1998)
- Me and Mrs. Joan (1996)

One Life to Live
- as Bishop Corrington (1996)

- Double Identity (1958)

Playhouse 90
- Made in Japan (1959)
- The Troublemakers (1957)

Playhouse Presents
- Space Age (2014)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies
- Say UNCLE (cameo as Napoleon Solo, 1966)

Police Woman
- Generation of Evil (1976)
- Blast (1975)

The Protectors
- series star as Harry Rule (52 episodes 1972 - 1974)

The Ray Bradbury Theater
- The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl (1988)

Reaching for the Skies
- Narrator (US version) (1987)

The Rebel
- Noblesse Oblige (1960)

- The Story of Whomps (voice 1999)

The Red Skelton Show
- The Land of Bilk and Money (1966)
- Somebody Down Here Hates Me (1965)

The Rifleman
- The Apprentice Sheriff (1958)

- About Roger Mowbray (1959)

Screen Directors Playhouse
- The Bitter Waters (1956)

The Sentinel
- The Real Deal (1999)

Silent Reach (TV Mini-Series)
- as Steven Sinclair (1983)

- Farewell to Arms (1994)

Stagecoach West
- Object: Patrimony (1961)

State Trooper
- Another Chance (1956)

- Abnormal Psych (1986)

Tales of Wells Fargo
- Treasure Coach (1961)
- Billy the Kid (1957)

Target: The Corruptors
- To Wear a Badge (1961)

- Camerone (1992)

Telephone Time
- The Consort (1957)

- The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell (1961)

Tracks of Glory (TV Mini-Series)
- as Mr. Morris (1992)

Trapper John, M.D.
- Girl Under Glass: Part 1 and 2 (1980)

The Untouchables
- The Charlie Argos Story (1963)

The Virginian
- If You Have Tears (1963)

Wagon Train
- The Roger Bigelow Story (1960)
- The John Wilbot Story (1958)

Walker, Texas Ranger
- Plague (1996)

The Walter Winchell File
- The Night Prowlers: File #35 (1958)

Washington: Behind Closed Doors (TV Mini-Series)
- as Frank Flaherty (6 episodes 1977)

West Point
- The Operator and the Martinet (1956)

- Robert Dixon, M.D. (1958)

Wichita Town
- Passage to the Enemy (1959)

Witness to Yesterday
- Tom Paine (1974)

You Are There
- The Heroism of Clara Barton (1956)

You Are the Jury
- The State of Arizona vs. Dr. Evan Blake (1986)

Zane Grey Theater
- A Gun Is for Killing (1957)
- Courage Is a Gun (1956)

- Spark of Revenge (1959)

    Selected Robert Vaughn Filmography


The Ten Commandments (uncredited)


No Time to Be Young

Hell's Crossroads


Unwed Mother

Teenage Cave Man


The Young Philadelphians

Good Day for a Hanging


The Magnificent Seven


The Big Show


The Caretakers

Boston Terrier (TV Movie)


One of Our Spies Is Missing

One Spy Too Many

The Glass Bottom Boat (cameo as Napoleon Solo)


The Karate Killers

The Venetian Affair




The Bridge at Remagen

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium


The Mind of Mr. Soames

Julius Caesar


Clay Pigeon

The Statue


The Woman Hunter (TV Movie)


The Towering Inferno

The Man from Independence


Scar Tissue


Atraco en la jungla

Kiss Me, Kill Me (TV Movie)


Starship Invasions

The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)


Demon Seed (voice, uncredited)


The Lucifer Complex

Brass Target

The Islander (TV Movie)


Mirror, Mirror (TV Movie)

The Rebels (TV Movie)

Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff


Battle Beyond the Stars

Hangar 18

Fukkatsu no hi

City in Fear (TV Movie)

The Gossip Columnist (TV Movie)

Doctor Franken (TV Movie)

Cuba Crossing




FDR: That Man in the White House (TV Movie)

Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)

A Question of Honor (TV Movie)

The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Movie)

Fantasies (TV Movie)


The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (TV Movie)

Superman III

Intimate Agony (TV Movie)

Veliki transport


International Airport (TV Movie)

Private Sessions (TV Movie)


The Delta Force

Prince of Bel Air (TV Movie)

Murrow (TV Movie)

Black Moon Rising


Killing Birds

They Call Me Renegade

Nightstick (TV Movie)

Desperado (TV Movie)

Hour of the Assassin


Captive Rage

The Emissary

Skeleton Coast


Transylvania Twist

River of Death

C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud

Brutal Glory (Video)

That's Adequate


Going Under

Dark Avenger (TV Movie)

Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (TV Movie)

Nobody's Perfect

Buried Alive


Lincoln (TV Movie)

Blind Vision


Dust to Dust

W.S.H. (TV Movie)


Witch Academy

Escape to Witch Mountain (TV Movie)

Dancing in the Dark (TV Movie)


Milk & Money

Joe's Apartment


An American Affair


Menno's Mind

Motel Blue



The Sender

McCinsey's Island

Host (TV Movie)


The Company Man (Video)


Pootie Tang




Hoodlum & Son

Happy Hour


Scene Stealers


Gang Warz


The Warrior Class (Video)


The Verdict (TV Movie)


Patrimony (Short)


Excuse Me for Living


The Magnificent Eleven


Gold Star

The American Side


The American Side

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