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Coronation Street and Hustle star Robert Vaughn has died aged 83

Robert Vaughn has died aged 83

The Man From U.N.C.L.E star died at home surrounded by family after a battle with leukaemia, his manager has confirmed.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E star Robert Vaughn has died of leukaemia at the age of 83, his manager has confirmed.

Vaughn played suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s TV series and was also well known for portraying the skittish gunman Lee in the original version of The Magnificent Seven.

He died after a brief battle with acute leukaemia, his spokesman confirmed to the Press Association.

Matthew Sullivan, who represented him for 30 years, said: “Mr Vaughn passed away with his family around him.”

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

He was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar and Golden Globe for his early role in The Young Philadelphians and in 2012 he became the first major American star to feature on Coronation Street.

He played Milton, a wealthy American who met Sylvia Goodwin, played by Stephanie Cole, on a cruise.

He  became a familiar face on British television with his role in the BBC show Hustle where he played conman Albert Stroller from 2004 to 2012.

Spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E saw Vaughn’s Solo paired with David McCallum’s blond Russian Illya Kuryakin, in roles that were revived by Superman actor Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer for Guy Ritchie’s big-screen reboot in 2015.

A number of celebrities have paid tribute to the star after hearing the news.

British producer and director Edgar Wright wrote: 'RIP Napoleon Solo! The great Robert Vaughn was the coolest guy on TV when I was a kid. Superb in Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven & many more.'

Stephen Fry tweeted: 'Oh no. Robert Vaughn, such a fine actor, one of the best Columbo villains (no higher praise than that) & an utterly charming man, has died.'

Former Bond star Sir Roger Moore also paid his respects, writing on Twitter: 'Sorry to hear the news about Robert Vaughn.'

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