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Robert Vaughn dies aged 83

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Robert Vaughn dies aged 83

Robert Vaughn has died at the age of 83.

The 'Man From U.N.C.L.E' star passed away "surrounded by his family" in New York after a short battle with acute leukaemia.

His manager Matthew Sullivan told Deadline: "Mr. Vaughn passed away with his family around him."

And Matthew added to BBC News: "He was a great human being. I enjoyed every day of working with him."

The beloved actor was best known for his role as Napoleon Solo in the NBC television series 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E' and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in 1959's 'Young Philadelphians'.

Robert was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 and requested it was put at the end near where he lived with his mother when they first moved to the big city.

It was his starring role in BBC's 'Hustle' that added to his fame in the United Kingdom, with the British public falling in love with his charming character Albert Stroller. Robert also made an extended appearance in 'Coronation Street' in 2012, where he played Milton Fanshaw, a love interest of Roy's mother Sylvia for a dozen episodes.

Since news of his death surfaced, celebrities including Stephen Fry have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to the well-loved actor.

Stephen wrote: "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. (sic)"

Whilst Sir Roger Moore shared: "Sorry to hear the news about Robert Vaughn."

Actress Lorelei King shared on the social media site: "RIP #RobertVaughn. Loved you in The Man From Uncle, but seeing you in #corrie was such a treat. (sic)"

Robert is survived by his wife Linda Staab and their children Caitlin and Cassidy.