Actor loses brave battle with acute leukaemia

The Man From UNCLE star Robert Vaughn has died aged 83.

The iconic actor died after a battle with acute leukaemia, his manager, Matthew Sullivan said.

Vaughn died in New York on Friday morning (November 11) surrounded by his family.

The actor, who was “a few months shy of 84” had been seeking treatment for his leukaemia, Mr Sullivan added.

“He was a great human being. I enjoyed every day of working with him,” he told the BBC.

Vaughn, who played secret agent Napolean Solo in the series, was also famous for his role as Lee in the Magnificent Seven, and television roles in Hustle and Coronation Street.

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The Man From UNCLE was recently made into a film by Guy Ritchie in 2015.

David McCallum, who  starred alongside Vaughn in The Man From UNCLE as Illya Kuryakin, told TVLine.com he was “utterly devastated” by the news.

“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,” he said.

Fellow fictional secret agent, Sir Roger Moore whose incarnation of James Bond came several years after The Man From UNCLE, also said he was sorry to hear the news.

Famous films Vaughn worked on included Bullitt and Towering Inferno, both with Steve McQueen, and he took the role of the villain in Superman III.

Vaughn had only recently finished two projects – an appearance on Law and Order: SVU, and a starring role in the upcoming film Gold Star, about a young woman caring for her dying father.

He is survived by his wife Linda and two children, Cassidy and Caitlin Vaughn.

A number of stars have already started paying their respects on Twitter.

“Robert Vaughn, such a fine actor, one of the best Columbo villains (no higher praise than that) and an utterly charming man,” tweeted Stephen Fry.

Actor Jon Donahue also said: “As an 80s kid, I grew up with Superman III… Robert Vaughn was a badass!” referencing Vaughn’s role as Superman’s nemesis in the film.