Robert Vaughan, suave ‘Man from U.NCL.E.’ star, dies at 83

NEW YORK  — Oscar-nominated actor Robert Vaughn, the debonair crime-fighter of television’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” in the 1960s, has died.

His manager, Matthew Sullivan, says Vaughn died Friday morning after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 83.

SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actor Robert Vaughn poses at the 2007 World Magic Awards held at the Barker Hanger October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CA – OCTOBER 13: Actor Robert Vaughn poses at the 2007 World Magic Awards held at the Barker Hanger October 13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” was an immediate hit when it debuted it 1964. It ran until 1968, part of an avalanche of secret-agent movies and TV shows touched off by the James Bond craze.

Vaughn’s character teamed with a soft-spoken, Russian-born agent played by Scottish actor David McCallum. U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

Earlier, Vaughn was nominated for an Oscar for the 1959 film “The Young Philadelphians.” He also was in the classic Western “The Magnificent Seven.”