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TV spy star Robert Vaughn dies after battle with cancer

By Laura Harding

Published 12/11/2016

Superstar: Robert Vaughn
Superstar: Robert Vaughn

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn has died of leukaemia at the age of 83.

Vaughn played suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s TV series and was also well-known for portraying the skittish gunman Lee in the original The Magnificent Seven film.

He died after a brief battle with acute leukaemia, his spokesman confirmed.

Manager Matthew Sullivan, who represented him for 30 years, said Vaughn was "the most wonderful human being" and confirmed he died with his family around him.

Vaughn was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Golden Globe for his early role in The Young Philadelphians and in 2012 was the first major American star to feature on Coronation Street. He played Milton Fanshaw, a wealthy American who met Sylvia Goodwin, played by Stephanie Cole, on a cruise.

Vaughn became a familiar face on British TV in BBC show Hustle, playing conman Albert Stroller from 2004 to 2012.

Mr Sullivan added: "He had a blast doing Hustle for the BBC. He loved that show and he and Linda loved living in London. Even at 83, women still came up to the table to talk to him."

The Man From U.N.C.L.E saw Vaughn's Solo paired with David McCallum's blond Russian Illya Kuryakin, roles revived by Superman actor Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer for Guy Ritchie's big-screen reboot last year.

The actor is survived by wife Linda, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.

Vaughn, who was the last surviving member of The Magnificent Seven cast, also had a starring role in Bullitt with Steve McQueen and appeared in TV series Columbo.

Recently, he played a dying father in Gold Star and starred with Matthew Broderick and Camilla Belle in The American Star, both released this year.

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