Birthday: November 22, 1932 Birth
Place: New York, New York, USA Height: 5' 1"
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To hear him tell it, Robert Vaughn has spent most of his acting career getting very well paid for being artistically frustrated. Born in Manhattan and raised in Minnesota, Vaughn went straight from college drama classes to his first film, the juvenile delinquent opus No Time to Be Young (1957). Ever on the search for "meaningful" roles, Vaughn signed to play a survivor of a nuclear apocalypse in what he assumed would be a serious, politically potent drama: the film was released as Teenage Caveman (1957). Though Oscar-nominated for his performance as a crippled, alcoholic war veteran in The Young Philadelphians (1959), Vaughn didn't rise to full stardom until 1964, where he was signed to play ultra-cool secret agent Napoleon Solo in the TV espionage series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968). He swore at that time that he'd never, ever subject himself to the rigors of another television series, but in 1972 he was back to the weekly grind in the British series The Protectors. In films, Vaughn has been most effective as an icy, corporate heavy, notably in Bullitt (1968) and Superman III (1982). On-stage, Vaughn has exhibited a special fondness for Shakespeare (Hamlet in particular); he was given an excellent opportunity to recite the Bard's prose on film when he played Casca in Julius Caesar (1970). A dyed-in-the-wool liberal activist, Vaughn worked on his Masters and Ph.D. in political science at L.A. City College during his U.N.C.L.E. years; his doctoral thesis was later expanded into the 1972 history of the HUAC, Only Victims. Robert Vaughn has been the host of many a late-night infomercial — no doubt expressing frustration all the way to the payroll office.
Education: North High, Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (Journalism major), quit after a year. Moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in L.A. City College majoring in drama, then transferred to L.A. State College and completed his Masters degree. After that, and while he was acting throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, he studied at the University of Southern California and completed a Ph.D. 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) & series finale December 30, 1986 just 12 episodes into season 5 of the show because most viewers could not accept the Team working for General Hunt Stockwell of the U.S. military (Vaughn), which they had been evading since 1972(!), instead of the Team remaining an independent entity tackling cases on a ,000-per-job basis as they had in seasons 1-4.
With the death of Charles Bronson on August 30, 2003, he is the only one of the seven main stars of The Magnificent Seven (1960) who is still alive, as of November 2005.
Currently seen on TV commercials in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia for the law offices of Kalfus & Nachman. Has been doing commercials for Kalfus & Nachman for several years now. Also does commercials for law offices all throughout the country.
The California Democratic Party originally wanted him to challenge Ronald Reagan for Governor. Even though Vaughn is a liberal Democrat, and disliked Reagan, he refused and instead stood behind Governor 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 is now considered a classic film directed by John Sturges which starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn: Vaughn appeared in The Magnificent Seven (1960), McCallum appeared in The Great Escape (1963)
Was one of the first actors to play the same character (Napoleon Solo) on three different television series: "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964), "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1965) and "Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The" (1966)_ .
College friend of his The Magnificent Seven (1960) co-star James Coburn.
Played Richard Dean Anderson's father in "Emerald Point N.A.S." (1983) even though he is only seventeen years older than him.
Appeared in three different films with Steve McQueen: The Magnificent Seven (1960), Bullitt (1968) and The Towering Inferno (1974).
Was a close friend of Robert F. Kennedy.
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 re-makes of Shichinin no samurai (1954).
Has 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).
He is of Welsh and Irish descent
Despite being one of the stars, he had only sixteen lines in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
He and his wife, Linda Staab, no longer attend award ceremonies. They prefer to watch them on television.
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