Good­bye to Napolean Solo, the Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

ROBERT VAUGHN, best known for play­ing the suave Napoleon Solo ( far right, on left) in the 1960s tele­vi­sion spy se­ries The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with David McCal­lum, and the last sur­viv­ing ac­tor from the orig­i­nal Mag­nif­i­cent Seven movie, died on Nov 11 from leukemia, his man­ager said.

Matthew Sul­li­van said New York­born Vaughn, 83, had been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for acute leukemia in a hos­pi­tal where he died, sur­rounded by wife Linda Staab and two chil­dren, Cas­sidy and Caitlin.

Vaughn and McCal­lum’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a tongue-in-cheek drama about bat­tling world evil that was in­spired by the James Bond books and movies.

“Robert and I worked to­gether for many years and los­ing him is like los­ing a part of me,” McCal­lum said in a state­ment to on Nov 11.

The 1964-68 se­ries gave way to a num­ber of spinoff movies in­clud­ing One Spy Too Many and One of Our Spies is Miss­ing that also starred the two ac­tors.

Vaughn ap­peared in more than 200 movies and TV shows over his 60-year ca­reer, in­clud­ing the 1960 movie The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven, along­side Yul Bryn­ner and Steve McQueen. He was the last sur­vivor of the movie’s orig­i­nal seven lead ac­tors.

Other movies in­cluded Bul­litt in 1968, again with McQueen, and The Young Philadel­phi­ans in 1959, for which he re­ceived a sup­port­ing ac­tor Os­car nom­i­na­tion.

On tele­vi­sion, Vaughn ap­peared in nu­mer­ous shows, in­clud­ing The ATeam, a 1998 TV ver­sion of The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven, and, in 2012, as a char­ac­ter in the long-run­ning Bri­tish soap opera, Corona­tion Street.

For­mer Bri­tish James Bond ac­tor Sir Roger Moore was among those mourn­ing his pass­ing, tweet­ing “Sorry to hear the news about Robert Vaughn”.

Bri­tish ac­tor Stephen Fry said on Twit­ter that Vaughn was “such a fine ac­tor, one of the best Columbo vil­lains (no higher praise than that) and ut­terly charm­ing man.” – Reuters

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