RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Ridgefield’s Robert Vaughn!
Vaughn, who has owned a home in Ridgefield, turns 83 on Sunday. The actor was born Nov, 22, 1932, in New York City.
Vaughn made his television debut on the Nov. 21, 1955 in the "Black Friday" episode of the television series "Medic." His best-known TV roles include the suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and the wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series "The Protectors". He also appeared in many TV series like "Father Knows Best," "Thriller," "Hustle," "Law & Order" and "Coronation Street."
His first film appearance was in "The Ten Commandments." He made a notable appearance in "The Young Philadelphians" for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
He appeared in many films. including "The Magnificent Seven," "Battle Beyond the Stars."and "Superman III." He received an Emmy Award in 1978.
He appeared in all but one of the 48 episodes of the British television drama series "Hustle" from 2004 to 2012.
From January to February 2012, he appeared in the long-running British soap opera "Coronation Street" as Milton Fanshaw.
Vaughn is a longtime member of the Democratic Party. He was the first popular American actor to take a public stand against the Vietnam War and was active in the Vietnam War-era peace group.
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