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

Actor Robert Vaughn pictured on his arrival at London Airport, March 21st 1966. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Actor Robert Vaughn, pictured above in 1966, died Nov. 11, 2016. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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. The actor was 83.

“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 – Napoleon Solo – teamed up 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.”

Vaughn’s acting career started in 1955. He appeared this year in “Gold Star” and “The American Side.”