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Robert Vaughn



To hear him tell it, Robert Vaughn has spent most of his acting career getting very well paid for being artistically frustrated. Born in Manhattan and raised in Minnesota, Vaughn went straight from college drama classes to his first film, the juvenile delinquent opus No Time to Be Young (1957). Ever on the search for "meaningful" roles, Vaughn signed to play a survivor of a nuclear apocalypse in what he assumed would be a serious, politically potent drama: the film was released as Teenage Caveman (1957). Though Oscar-nominated for his performance as a crippled, alcoholic war veteran in The Young Philadelphians (1959), Vaughn didn't rise to full stardom until 1964, where he was signed to play ultra-cool secret agent Napoleon Solo in the TV espionage series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968). He swore at that time that he'd never, ever subject himself to the rigors of another television series, but in 1972 he was back to the weekly grind in the British series The Protectors. In films, Vaughn has been most effective as an icy, corporate heavy, notably in Bullitt (1968) and Superman III (1982). On-stage, Vaughn has exhibited a special fondness for Shakespeare (Hamlet in particular); he was given an excellent opportunity to recite the Bard's prose on film when he played Casca in Julius Caesar (1970). A dyed-in-the-wool liberal activist, Vaughn worked on his Masters and Ph.D. in political science at L.A. City College during his U.N.C.L.E. years; his doctoral thesis was later expanded into the 1972 history of the HUAC, Only Victims. Vaughn later had several recurring roles on TV shows like The Nanny and Law & Order and the British series Hustle and Coronation Street. He died in 2016, just shy of his 84th birthday.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
77% The American Side
  • Silver-Haired Man
2016
No Score Yet The Magnificent Eleven
  • American Bob
2016
No Score Yet On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Merry Matrimony
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Christmas Incorporated
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Angels and Ornaments
  • Executive Producer
2014
No Score Yet I Am Steve McQueen
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Christmas Parade
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet Best Christmas Party Ever
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet One Starry Christmas
  • Executive Producer
2014
No Score Yet A Very Merry Mix-Up
  • Executive Producer
2013
14% Excuse Me for Living
  • Jacob
2012
No Score Yet Witchslayer Gretl
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet La baby sitter (Scar Tissue)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Aladdin and the Death Lamp
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Pegasus Vs. Chimera
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Christmas Magic
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Mistletoe over Manhattan
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet The Case for Christmas
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Cancel Christmas
  • Executive Producer
2010
No Score Yet You Lucky Dog
  • Producer
2010
No Score Yet The Santa Suit
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2009
16% An American Affair
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Every Second Counts (Fast Time) (Ride of Their Lives)
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2008
No Score Yet They Come Back
  • Executive Producer
2007
No Score Yet Lies and Crimes
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Warrior Class
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Obituary
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet Cheaters' Club
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet Between Truth and Lies
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet FDR
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Warrior Class
  • Braddock
2005
38% Happy Hour
  • Tulley Sr.
2004
No Score Yet The First Amendment Project
  • Actor
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet 2b Perfectly Honest
  • Nick
2004
No Score Yet Gang Warz
  • Chief Hannigan
2004
No Score Yet Killing birds - uccelli assassini (Zombie 5: Killing Birds)(Dark Eyes of the Zombie)(Raptors)
  • Dr. Fred Brown
2003
No Score Yet Hoodlum & Son
  • Palladino
2003
No Score Yet Sight Matrix
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Virtual Obsession
  • Adam Spring
2001
29% Pootie Tang
  • Dick Lecter
2001
No Score Yet Silent Justice
  • Judge Mancini
2000
42% BASEketball
  • Cain
1998
No Score Yet Menno's Mind
  • Zachary Powell
1997
No Score Yet Motel Blue
  • Chief MacIntyre
1997
No Score Yet The Sender
  • Adm. Fairfax
1997
No Score Yet McCinsey's Island
  • Walter Denkins
1997
No Score Yet American Affair
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Milk & Money
  • Uncle Andre
1996
19% Joe's Apartment
  • Senator
1996
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark
  • Dennis Forbes
1995
No Score Yet Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Edward Bolt
1995
No Score Yet Lucky Luke: Renegade
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Dust to Dust
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Witch Academy
  • The Devil
1993
No Score Yet Blind Vision
  • Mr. X
1991
No Score Yet Going Under
  • Wedgewood
1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter
  • Jay Corelli
1990
No Score Yet Nobody's Perfect
  • Dr. Duncan
1990
No Score Yet Transylvania Twist
  • Lord Byron Orlock
1989
No Score Yet River of Death
  • Wolfgang Manteuffel
1989
No Score Yet C.H.U.D. II
  • Masters
1989
No Score Yet Buried Alive
  • Gary Julian
1989
No Score Yet That's Adequate
  • Hitler
1989
No Score Yet Brutal Glory
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet The Emissary
  • Ambassador McKay
1989
No Score Yet Skeleton Coast
  • Col. Schneider
1988
No Score Yet The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Captive Rage
  • Edward Delacorte
1988
No Score Yet John F. Kennedy's Lost Pathway to Peace
  • Host
1988
No Score Yet Renegade
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Hour of the Assassin
  • Sam Merrick
1987
No Score Yet Desperado
  • Whaley
1987
No Score Yet Nightstick
  • Ray Melton
1987
20% The Delta Force
  • Gen. Woodbridge
1986
No Score Yet Prince of Bel Air
  • Stanley Auerbach
1986
30% Black Moon Rising
  • Ed Ryland
1986
No Score Yet Blind Sight
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Private Sessions
  • Oliver Coles
1985
No Score Yet Last Bastion
  • Actor
1984
26% Superman III
  • Ross Webster
1983
No Score Yet Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Napoleon Solo
1983
No Score Yet A Question of Honor
  • Frederick Walker
1982
No Score Yet The Day the Bubble Burst
  • Richard Whitney
1982
90% S.O.B.
  • David Blackman
1981
45% Battle Beyond the Stars
  • Gelt
1980
No Score Yet Cuba Crossing
  • Hud
1980
No Score Yet Hangar 18
  • Gordon Cain
1980
No Score Yet Question of Honor
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Hangar18
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet City in Fear
  • Harrison Crawford III
1980
No Score Yet The Rebels
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
  • Dr. Neal
1979
No Score Yet Daniel in the Lion's Den
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Brass Target
  • Col. Donald Rogers
1978
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Morgan Wendell
1978
No Score Yet The Lucifer Complex
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Starship Invasions
  • Prof. Duncan
1977
67% Demon Seed
  • Computer's Voice
1977
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings
  • Charles Desmond
1976
No Score Yet Atraco en la jungla (Blue Jeans and Dynamite) (Double Cross) (Three Way Split)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet 3-Way Split
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Wanted - Babysitter
  • Star
1975
71% The Towering Inferno
  • Sen. Gary Parker
1974
No Score Yet The Woman Hunter
  • Jerry Hunter
1972
No Score Yet The Statue
  • Ray
1971
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Casca
1970
No Score Yet The Mind of Mr. Soames
  • Dr. Michael Bergen
1970
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
  • Photographer
1969
No Score Yet The Bridge at Remagen
  • Major Paul Kreuger
1969
No Score Yet Battle By Land
  • Actor
1969
97% Bullitt
  • Chalmers
1968
No Score Yet The Helicopter Spies
  • Napoleon Solo
1968
No Score Yet How to Steal the World
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet The Venetian Affair
  • Bill Fenner
1967
No Score Yet The Karate Killers
  • Napoleon Solo
1967
No Score Yet One Spy Too Many
  • Napoleon Solo
1966
50% The Glass Bottom Boat
  • Solo
1966
No Score Yet The Spy with My Face
  • Napoleon Solo
1965
No Score Yet The Caretakers
  • Jim Melford
1963
No Score Yet O'Kennedy's Ireland
  • Actor
1962
90% The Magnificent Seven
  • Lee
1960
67% The Young Philadelphians
  • Chet Gwynn
1959
No Score Yet Good Day for a Hanging
  • The Kid
1959
No Score Yet Teenage Cave Man (Out of the Darkness)
  • Symbol Maker's Teenage Son
1958
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Spearman/Hebrew at Golden Calf
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Carl Anderton
No Score Yet Hustle
  • Albert Stroller Albert Stoller
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Tate Speer Walter Briggs

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