Robert VaughnRobert Vaughn, who played the suave spy Napoleon Solo on the spy TV drama "Man From U.N.C.L.E.," died today after battling acute leukemia. He was 83.

His manager confirmed the news to Deadline. "Mr. Vaughn passed away with his family around him," Matthew Sullivan said.

Vaughn was born in 1932 in New York City to showbiz parents. After earning degrees in theater and communications, and serving in the Army, he embarked on an acting career with dozens of credits in television and movies. In 1959, he starred in "The Young Philadelphians" and earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. He also appeared in 1960's "The Magnificent Seven," and was the last surviving member of the seven.

In 1964, Vaughn took on the role that would make him famous even in the then-U.S.S.R. — the smart, dashing spy Napoleon Solo in "Man From U.N.C.L.E." The show lasted four years, but spawned a spinoff and a sequel.

In the '70s and '80s, Vaughn won an Emmy for "Washington: Behind Closed Doors," appeared in "The A-Team," starred as the villain in "Superman III," and various TV series and B movies. In the 2000s, Vaughn had roles on "Law & Order," "Law & Orders: SVU," and "Hustle."

The actor is survived by wife Linda, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.

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