Our hearts are breaking from the loss of Robert Vaughn on Nov. 11. The actor was most famous for his portrayal of Napoleon Solo on NBC’s show ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ in the 1960’s, but there’s so much more to know about this talent! Learn five facts, right here.
1. He died of Leukemia. Robert Vaughn passed away on Nov. 11 after a short battle with acute Leukemia. The legendary actor was 83 years old when he sadly died. It was not an unexpected death, and thankfully he was surrounded by his wife Linda, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.
2. He never stopped acting. Though he rose to fame in the 1960’s on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., he’s been on hundreds of TV shows and movies. Even soon before his death in 2016, Robert acted in two movies called The American Side and Gold Star.
3. He was an outspoken Democrat. Robert has been a liberal Democrat for a long time! In the 1960’s he campaigned for candidates, and was the chair of the California Democratic State Central Committee speakers bureau. He also made history for being the first American actor to speak out against the Vietnam War.
4. He’s played a lot of presidents. Perhaps his interest in politics helped him play a good president, but he did it many times and was very successful. Robert portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Woodrow Wilson in various different stage productions. How cool is that?
5. He’s an author. On top of being a legendary screen, tv and stage actor, Robert has also written two books: A Fortunate Life, and Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting. Only Victims was actually written as his communications Ph.D dissertation.
HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite work from Robert? Share all of your thoughts on this tragic loss with us.