Robert Vaughn – American actor
Robert Vaughn was an American actor with a rich repertoire of roles in theater, film and television.
Robert Francis Vaughn was born in New York on November 22, 1932 into a family of theater actress Marcella Francis and broadcaster Gerald Walter Vaughn. His childhood Robert spent in Minneapolis with his grandparents who raised their grandson in the Irish Catholic tradition.
After graduating from high school Vaughn entered the University of Minnesota, Department of Journalism, but a year later he gave up studying and moved to Los Angeles with his mother.
There he continued his studies, but he studied Performing Arts and received a master’s degree in theater.
In 1970, after the start of his acting career, Robert earned his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Southern California.
He made his acting debut in November 1955 on television in an episode of the series Medic, where Vaughn played the first of more than two hundred roles on television over the next fifty years.
In 1956 he appeared on the big screen in the Louis B. Mayer’s blockbuster The Ten Commandments. A year later, Vaughn played the role of Bob Ford, the killer of Jesse James in the western Hell Crossroads. His next role was supposed to be Steve Dulles in noir Sweet Smell of Success, but the actor had to join the army before the shooting started.
After the service in the army, Robert returned to the movies, and in 1959 achieved the first major success. He received a nomination for Oscar and Golden Globe for his role in the drama Young Philadelphians.
His next major role was Lee in the classic western The Magnificent Seven (1960), an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s philosophical drama Seven Samurai.
In 1963, Robert played the role of Lieutenant Raymond Rembridge in the television series The Lieutenant. A year later he got the lead role of a secret agent Napoleon Solo in the new TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. This role became one of the most famous on television and earned him two nominations for Golden Globe.
In 1968, the actor appeared in the police thriller Bullitt in the company of Steve McQueen and was nominated for BAFTA for the role of Senator Walter Chalmers.
In 1977, Robert Vaughn won Emmy for his role as Frank Flaherty in the television series Washington: Behind Closed Doors in the category Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Among his numerous works in TV series were roles in Colombo, Hunter John, Abrupt Walker, Defenders, Justice Burke, Law and Order, Virtuosos and many others.
On the big screen he appeared in The Towering Inferno (1974), Star Target (1978), Virus (1980), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), Hangar 18 (1980), Superman 3 (1983), Volcano (1997) and Happy Hour (2003).
On July 27, 1998 Robert Vaughn was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to American cinema.
Robert Vaughn died on November 11, 2016.
In 1974, Robert married actress Linda Staab. They appeared together in a 1973 episode of The Protectors, called It Could Be Practically Anywhere on the Island. They adopted two children, Cassidy (born in 1976) and Caitlin (born in 1981).