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Actor Robert Vaughn dies aged 83

The American actor was best known for his work on The Man From Uncle

Robert Vaughn in 2013
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

American stage and screen actor Robert Vaughn has died.

The actor passed away at the age of 83 of leukemia following an extensive career which spanned almost 60 years.

Best known for his TV work on shows such as Hustle and The Man From Uncle, Vaughn made his stage debut in 1955, in a production of The Pilgrimage Play.

Vaughn appeared in the UK most recently in the production of Twelve Angry Men, which opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2013 and which transferred to the Garrick Theatre in 2014.

Vaughn played the character of Napoleon Solo in the TV series The Man From Uncle between 1964 and 1968. The spy show quickly became a classic and in 2004 he began playing a similar role in British BBC TV series Hustle.

Other famous roles included the villain in Superman III and in Bullitt and Towering Inferno, the latter two with Steve McQueen.

He died at his home in New York surrounded by friends and family.

Members of the theatre community have been reacting to the news on twitter with Stephen Fry commenting that Vaughn was "a fine actor... and an utterly charming man." Matt Lucas recalled working with Vaughn on Little Britain USA, saying "he was lovely and brilliant."