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Robert Vaughn, Star of 1960s Adventure Series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Dies at 83

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Robert Vaughn, an Oscar-nominated actor who also starred in the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 83.

Vaughn passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning in a hospital on the East Coast after a brief battle with leukemia, his rep Matthew Sullivan tells PEOPLE. Just shy of his 84th birthday, Vaughn received treatments for his cancer battle in both Manhattan and in a hospital near Ridgefield, Connecticut before passing away.

A New York native, Vaughn was a third generation actor. His mother, Marcella Gaudel, starred on Broadway in the original Dracula with Bela Lugosi and his father, Walter Vaughn, was one of radio’s most successful actors in its Golden Age. The veteran actor, who received his Ph.D from the University of Southern California, received his first and only Oscar nomination in 1959 for his supporting role in The Young Philadelphians. From 1964 to 1968, Vaughn starred in all four seasons of the Golden Globe-nominated adventure crime series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as Napoleon Solo. (The series was remade into a film in 2105.)

After earning notoriety from both his Oscar-nominated role and his leading character on a hit TV series, Vaughn went on to star and appear in countless film and TV roles, including The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt, Towering Inferno, The Bridge at Remagen, Backstairs at the White House and Washington: Behind Closed Doors, which earned him a supporting actor Emmy in 1978. He appeared in over 100 motion pictures and in 1998 was honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Most recently, he appeared in The American Side, Excuse Me for Living and Happy Hour.

He is survived by his wife Linda Vaughn and their two children, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.