Monday, April 15, 2024

NCIS Star David McCallum aka “Duckie” is “Utterly Devastated” by Death of “UNCLE” Co-Star Robert Vaughn


“I am utterly devastated. 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.”

David McCallum posted this to Facebook last night after the death of actor Robert Vaughn at age 83. He and Vaughn famously co-starred in the 1960s hit TV series “The Man from UNCLE” as respectively, Ilya Kuriyakin and Napoleon Solo. Each went on to very successful careers, with McCallum currrently doing just “Duckie” on the long running “NCIS.”

Vaughn just worked and worked and worked. His best known film role was in the original “Magnificent Seven.” He was nominated for an Oscar in 1959 for Supporting Actor in “The Young Philadelphians.” (Paul Newman was the lead.) But he also appeared constantly on TV, in limited series and regular series, and doing guest spots. His “Columbo” episodes are remembered fondly. From 2004 to 2012 he was the star of the TV series “Hustle,” where he acquired a whole new audience.

Vaughn died leukemia two weeks short of his 84th birthday.

And yes, he’s not the father of director Matthew Vaughn, but for a time it seemed like he was because Matthew’s mother let people believe it. Matthew got the Vaughn name, and maybe some of the panache.

Robert Vaughn in The Young Philadelphians:
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Vaughn and McCallum in “The Man from UNCLE”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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