Legendary actor, Robert Vaughn, best known internationally for playing secret agent Napoleon Solo in 1960s spy TV show, The Man from UNCLE, has passed away at the age of 83.
His manager, Matthew Sullivan, confirmed the sad news, saying that the iconic actor finally lost his battle with leukaemia. He died in New York this morning surrounded by his family.
Vaughn had a successful career spanning more than six decades, with projects still planned at the time he fell ill. More recently, he had found a renewed fame thanks to BBC TV show Hustle in which he played ethical conman Albert.
Despite countless television and movie appearances, including playing a Superman villain in Christopher Reeve’s third outing, he will forever be fondly remembered as the quintessential 1960’s spy Agent Solo.
An Oscar nominee, Vaughn’s fans and colleagues have been quick to pay tribute to the actor via social media.
Stephen Fry tweeted his respects for the late actor, writing: “Oh no. Robert Vaughn, such a fine actor, one of the best Columbo villains (no higher praise than that) & an utterly charming man, has died.”
Former 007, Sir Roger Moore later tweeted: “Sorry to hear the news about Robert Vaughn.”
The actor is survived by his wife Linda and his children, Cassidy and Caitlin.