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Overview (5)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA  (acute leukemia)
Birth NameRobert Francis Vaughn
Nickname Bob
Height 5' 9" (1.75 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, Marcella Frances (Gaudel) and Gerald Walter Vaughn. His father was a radio actor and his mother starred on stage. 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. It 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 with a diverse range of projects, appearing on stage on numerous occasions. The 1990s saw the same variety of roles. Made-for-TV movies were a popular choice for him, as well as such series as As the World Turns (1956), The Nanny (1993) and Law & Order (1990). He had a role in the 1998 series remake of the classic film in which he appeared, The Magnificent Seven (1998). He also appeared in major features such as Joe's Apartment (1996) and BASEketball (1998), and in smaller roles in subsequent years.

Robert died of acute leukemia on November 11, 2016 in Ridgefield, Connecticut. His last acting credit, Gold Star (2017), was released the year of his death.

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

Family (3)

Spouse Linda Staab (29 June 1974 - 11 November 2016)  (his death)  (2 children)
Parents Gaudel, Marcella Frances
Vaughn, Gerald Walter
Relatives Sydney Sweeney (cousin)
Trent Sweeney (cousin)

Trade Mark (1)

Distinctive smooth but often menacing voice.

Trivia (45)

He and wife Linda Staab had two adopted children: Cassidy Vaughn (b. 1976) and Caitlin Vaughn (b. 1981).
Education: North High, Minneapolis, MN; . 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-Los Angeles and completed his Master's degree. After that, and while he was acting throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, he attended the University of Southern California and completed his PhD 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 the series finale on 12/30/86, just 12 episodes into the series' fifth season, because most viewers could not accept the Team working for Gen. Hunt Stockwell of the US 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.
The California Democratic Party originally wanted him to challenge Ronald Reagan for Governor. Even though Vaughn was a liberal Democrat, and disliked Reagan, he refused and instead stood behind Gov. 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 that also starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn: Vaughn appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960), McCallum 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.
Had played Richard Dean Anderson's father in Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983) even though he was only 17 years older than him.
Appeared in three different films with Steve McQueen: The Magnificent Seven (1960), Bullitt (1968) and The Towering Inferno (1974).
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).
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).
Despite being one of the stars, he had only 16 lines in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
He and wife Linda Staab no longer attend award ceremonies. They prefer to watch them on television.
Was the only actor to appear in both The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Magnificent Seven (1998).
Had played Presidents 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).
Credited much of the success of The Magnificent Seven (1960) to Elmer Bernstein's score--which he used as his ringtone.
Out of the many films he made, there were two he was convinced would be unwatchable box-office poison whilst making them: The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Bullitt (1968).
Landed the central role of Steve Dallas in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) but was drafted into the US Army before he could film any footage.
Married 31-year-old Linda Staab at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, CA, on 6/29/74 at age 42.
On 6/27/98 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6633 Hollywood Blvd. 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.
Made guest appearances on the longest-running prime-time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
Was the first US Academy Award nominee to have acted in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street (1960).
Was considered for the role of Thomas Hagen in The Godfather (1972) before Robert Duvall was cast.
Son of radio actor Walter Vaughn and stage actress Marcella Frances (née Gaudel).
With the death of Charles Bronson on 8/30/2003, he became the last surviving actor to have played one of the title characters in The Magnificent Seven (1960). With the death of Eli Wallach on 6/24/2014, he became the last surviving star of the film. Vaughn died on 11/11/2016 at age 83.
Guest-starred on the scripted podcast Western "Powder Burns" (Apple Podcasts) in the fourth episode, which aired on 8/19/2015--the same weekend The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) premiered.
Had French, German, Irish and Welsh ancestry.
Died about two weeks before Fritz Weaver, who played The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)'s first THRUSH villain.
Had two grandchildren.
Played the villain in Superman III (1983). He would later be succeeded in his most famous role of "Napoleon Solo" by Henry Cavill, who is most famous for playing "Superman".
Was cremated and his ashes were buried by his family behind their home after a funeral mass at St. Mary's Church in Ridgefield.
In later years he appeared in syndicated advertisements marketed by Commercial Pro, Inc. for various personal injury and workers compensation law firms, using the catchphrase, "Tell them you mean business".
Was offered the role of EK Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind (1960), but turned it down in order to go to Mexico to film The Magnificent Seven (1960). The role went to Gene Kelly.
Received the script for Silver Streak (1976) in the mail, and loved it. He wanted to play Roger Devereau but was dismayed to discover that Patrick McGoohan had already accepted the part. He contacted Arthur Hiller and discovered that it was sent by mistake. He was invited to watch the production and became friends with Gene Wilder.
For many years it was believed he was the biological father of English film director/ producer Matthew Vaughn, born when the actor was in a relationship with early 1970s socialite Kathy Ceaton. However, a paternity investigation identified the father as George de Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat and godson of King George VI. Early in Matthew's life Vaughn had asked for the child's surname to be Vaughn, which Matthew continues to use professionally.
Was due to play George Hamilton's role in All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960), but had to drop out in order to appear in Zorro: Spark of Revenge (1959).
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. With Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, he was a founder of Dissenting Democrats. Early in the 1968 presidential election, they supported the candidacy of Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy, who was running for president as an alternative to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who supported President Lyndon Johnson's escalation of the war in Vietnam.
Even though he was previously nominated for an Oscar, he was left out of the "In Memoriam" segment at the 89th Academy Awards. The omission shocked and angered many viewers.
Upon finishing production on The Protectors (1972) in England, he admitted to hating the show, particularly the scripts. However, his feelings mellowed over time and he eventually begrudged the show some respect.
Grew disillusioned with working and living in America during the late 1960s during the Vietnam conflict.
Had been involved in American politics since the '60s when he was one of the first to come out openly against the Vietnam War.
Awarded a BA and MA in Theatre Arts.
Died 11 days before his 84th birthday.

Personal Quotes (3)

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 (2004)] 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.
[on why he was happy that he shared co-starring duties on his series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)] I had a lot of good friends, particularly David Janssen, who never had any life at all, they were just doing television series and doing publicity about television series and that was it. He was the sole star of the shows that he did.

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