Friends and colleagues of the Man from U.N.C.L.E actor Robert Vaughn have paid tribute to the 83-year-old star who died on Friday.
Best known as the secret agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Vaughn was also famous for his role as Lee in the Magnificent Seven, and television roles in Hustle and Coronation Street.
Stephen Fry said:
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.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) November 11, 2016
Director Edgar Wright was also quick to pay tribute on Twitter:
RIP Napoleon Solo! The great Robert Vaughn was the coolest guy on TV when I was a kid. Superb in Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven & many more. pic.twitter.com/h7AzfN2pt0
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 11, 2016
Vaughn’s colleagues on the BBC drama Hustle, in which he played elderly con man Albert Stroller, also lined up to pay their respects.
Adrian Lester said:
RIP Mr Vaughn, It’s been a pleasure, Sir. pic.twitter.com/XfvK7opAgI
— Adrian Lester (@AdrianLester) November 11, 2016
While Martin Kemp added:
RIP Robert Vaughn such a thrill for me working with you on Hustle.. A boyhood hero! pic.twitter.com/IRcHn3JtFY
— Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp) November 11, 2016
David McCallum, who starred alongside Vaughn in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, told TV Line: “Robert and I worked together for many years and losing him is like losing a part of me. My deepest sympathies go out to Linda and the Vaughn family.”
Here’s the great man speaking on Parkinson in 1973:
Robert Vaughn appearing on Parkinson in 1973. The actor died today, aged 83 pic.twitter.com/NYdbjVhXaM
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) November 11, 2016
Vaughn, who was also known for playing the villain in Superman III, died in New York after battling acute leukaemia, and was surrounded by his family at the end.