- Oct 12, 2009
Robert Vaughn, whose Napoleon Solo on NBCs spy yarn The Man From U.N.C.L.E. set TVs 1960s standard for suavity and crimebusting cool, died today after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83. His manager Matthew Sullivan confirmed the news to Deadline.
Mr. Vaughn passed away with his family around him, Sullivan said. The actor is survived by wife Linda, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.
Vaughns lengthy list of credits includes everything from an uncredited idol worshipper in The Ten Commandments to his angry, shouting audience member on Late Night With Conan OBrien but he will no doubt be remembered for Napoleon Solo, televisions answer to James Bond. Uncle aired from 1964-68, and paired Vaughns elegant, dark-haired Solo with David McCallums blond Russian Illya Kuryakin, an early example of Cold War detente in the battle against global evildoers
Easily the coolest hero of the mid to late 60's. I'm sure the very name Napoleon Solo will prompt a flood of memories for those who were children at the time?