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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 November 1932New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert Francis Vaughn
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Francis Vaughn was born on November 22, 1932 at Charity Hospital in New York City. The son of show-business parents, his father, Walter, was a radio actor and his mother, Marcella, was a stage actress. Robert came to the public's attention first with his Oscar-nominated role in The Young Philadelphians (1959). The next year, he was one of the seven in the western classic The Magnificent Seven (1960). Despite being in such popular films, he generally found work on television. He appeared over 200 times in guest roles in the late 1950s to early 1960s. It was in 1963 that he received his first major role in The Lieutenant (1963). Robert took the role with the intention of making the transition from being a guest-star actor to being a co-star on television. It was due to his work in this series that producer Norman Felton offered him the role of Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964).

Four extremely successful years (1964-68) followed as the series became one of the most popular television series of the 1960s. That made Vaughn an international television star, but he wanted to embark on a career in film, and did so soon after the series ended in 1968 by co-starring in Bullitt (1968) with Steve McQueen. Now working in film full-time, he starred in The Bridge at Remagen (1969) and The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970) before making a change by going back to television, this time in England, He took a lead role in the series The Protectors (1972) and stayed in England for the first half of the 1970s. He returned to the United States in the mid-1970s and embarked on a very successful run of television miniseries roles that resulted in his receiving an Emmy Award in 1978 for Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977) and a nomination the following year for Backstairs at the White House (1979).

The 1970s proved a important time in Robert's life, as in 1974, he married actress Linda Staab, and completed his thesis on Hollywood blacklisting during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era, published in 1972 as "Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting". During the 1980s, he mixed television with film. Roles in such films as S.O.B. (1981), Superman III (1983), The Delta Force (1986) and Black Moon Rising (1986) were highlights. In television, he appeared in many successful series, most notably in The A-Team (1983) and Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983).

He continued to mix the types of projects, even appearing on stage on numerous occasions. The 1990s has seen the same variety of roles. Made-for-TV movies have been a popular choice for him, as well as such series as As the World Turns (1956), The Nanny (1993) and Law & Order (1990), and he had a role in the 1998 series that was a remake of the classic film in which he appeared, The Magnificent Seven (1998). Even though he has also appeared in major features such as Joe's Apartment (1996) and BASEketball (1998), he has taking it more easy these days. He has been working on his autobiography titled "Christ, Shakespeare, Ho Chi Min: As I Knew Them" for some years now, but no date has been set for publication.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Daniel Bolton <klsdb4@uq.net.au>

Spouse (1)

Linda Staab (29 June 1974 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Distinctive smooth but often menacing voice.

Trivia (36)

He and his wife, Linda Staab have two adopted children: A son named Cassidy Vaughn (born 1976) and a daughter named Caitlin Vaughn (born 1981).
A Democrat
Education: North High, Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (Journalism major), quit after a year. Moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in Los Angeles City College majoring in drama, then transferred to California State University at Los Angeles and completed his Master's degree. After that, and while he was acting throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, he studied at the University of Southern California and completed a Ph.D. in Communications. His thesis on the blacklisting of Hollywood entertainers during the McCarthy anti-communist era was published in 1972 as "Only Victims".
Along with Eddie Velez ("Dishpan Frankie" Santana), has been called partially responsible for the premature cancellation of The A-Team (1983) and series finale on December 30, 1986 just 12 episodes into season 5 of the series because most viewers could not accept the Team working for General Hunt Stockwell of the United States military (Vaughn), which they had been evading since 1972(!), instead of the Team remaining an independent entity tackling cases on a $10,000-per-job basis as they had in seasons 1-4.
Currently seen on television commercials in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia for the law offices of Kalfus & Nachman. Has been doing commercials for Kalfus & Nachman for several years now. Also does commercials for law offices all throughout the country.
The California Democratic Party originally wanted him to challenge Ronald Reagan for Governor. Even though Vaughn is a liberal Democrat, and disliked Reagan, he refused and instead stood behind Governor Brown, who lost the election to Reagan. Another possible candidate considered was Gregory Peck.
Both he and his The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) co-star David McCallum appeared in what are now considered classic films directed by John Sturges which also starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn: Vaughn appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960), McCallum appeared in The Great Escape (1963).
Was one of the first actors to play the same character (Napoleon Solo) on three different series: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965) and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966).
Recommended his college friend, James Coburn, for his breakthrough role in The Magnificent Seven (1960). Desperate to cast the movie before an impending actors' strike, director John Sturges was open to Vaughn's suggesting the relatively unknown actor.
Played Richard Dean Anderson's father in Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983) even though he is only seventeen years older than him.
Has appeared in three different films with Steve McQueen: The Magnificent Seven (1960), Bullitt (1968) and The Towering Inferno (1974).
Was a close friend of Robert F. Kennedy and Joyce Jameson.
Despite the vastly different settings, he played essentially the same character in both The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). Both films were unofficial remakes of Seven Samurai (1954).
Has appeared in episodes of three different series with David McCallum: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965) and The A-Team (1983).
Is of Welsh and Irish descent.
Despite being one of the stars, he had only sixteen lines in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
He and his wife, Linda Staab, no longer attend award ceremonies. They prefer to watch them on television.
Holds a Ph.D. in Communications.
The only actor who has been in both The Magnificent Seven movie and the television series.
Played President Franklin D. Roosevelt (twice), Woodrow Wilson and Harry S. Truman.
Is said to have met his future wife Linda Staab on the set of The Protectors: It Could Be Practically Anywhere on the Island (1973).
Credits much of The Magnificent Seven (1960)'s success to Elmer Bernstein's score - which he uses as his ringtone.
Out of the many films he has made, there were two which he was convinced would be unwatchable box-office poison whilst making them: The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Bullitt (1968).
Landed the central rôle of Steve Dallas in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) but was drafted into the United States Army before he could film any footage.
Married 31-year-old Linda Staab at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California in 1974 at age 42.
On July 27, 1998, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6633 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. For sentimental reasons, he requested his star to be located near the corner of Hollywood and Cherokee, close to where he and his mother first lived when he moved to Hollywood.
Distant cousin of Sydney Sweeney and Trent Sweeney.
He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in United States television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
Is the first USA acting Oscar Nominee to have acted in long running British soap opera Coronation Street.
Currently appears in custom-made television commercials for law firms. [September 2006]
Starring in the BBC hit drama Hustle (2004) on British TV. [January 2004]
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA: Stars as spokesperson for G. Howard Turner law firm. [March 2012]
Played himself in a play on BBC Radio 4, broadcast 5th November 2007, based on real-life events in 1968, when he was in Czechoslovakia in connection with the filming of The Bridge at Remagen (1969). He was in Prague the day the Russian tanks entered the city. [November 2007]
Release of his autobiography, "A Fortunate Life". [November 2008]
He currently has a home in Ridgefield, Connecticut [April 2005]
Son of radio actor Walter Vaughn and stage actress Marcella Frances (née Gaudel).

Personal Quotes (2)

With a modest amount of looks and talent and more than a modicum of serendipity, I've managed to stretch my 15 minutes of fame into more than half a century of good fortune.
[on the effect his own life experiences contributed to 'Hustle'] I've never tried to con anybody and no one's ever tried to con me. Although, maybe they have and I just don't know.

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