RIP, Robert Vaughan.

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Robert Vaughan
(November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016)

Robert Vaughan has passed away at 83.

Everybody’s gonna be all about The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which is fine. But he always impressed me in character roles, like the punk kid in the Western Good Day For A Hanging (1959) or as a slimy politician in Bullitt (1968). The scene above, about midway through the picture, has Vaughan being a real creep and Steve McQueen being cool as he eats a peanut butter sandwich. It’s a really great scene, just two good actors doing their thing.

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2 responses to “RIP, Robert Vaughan.

  1. Richard Oravitz

    Yeah, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was my favorite television program at the time, but you’re right in noting Robert Vaughn’s ability outside the spy genre, and his performance in BULLITT may be his best. I get chills just looking at the above photo, what a B******! And, of course, Vaughn and McQueen appeared together before in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.
    I believe I once read that Vaughn was not much of a Hollywood scene maker and that he chose to raise his family outside the showbiz environment, seeking a healthier more normal family lifestyle.
    Sad news for fans….

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  2. Patrick

    The first time I ran across Robert Vaughan, was in “The Towering Inferno”.
    Yes he was Great in Bullitt, and in the Magnificent Seven.
    But he was also good in The Bridge at Remagen, and He got a Best Supporting Academy Award Nomination for The Young Philadelphians.

    And while I love him as Solo in Man From Uncle, he was also wonderful as Albert in the British series, Hustle.

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