Robert Vaughn: 1932 – 2016

And the waking nightmare that is 2016 just keep on trucking with the evil bastard that is cancer tucked safely under its wing. On November 11th, the ghouls have taken from us one Robert Vaughn.

Probably for most reading this, Vaughn was a welcome character actor that poked his head into everything throughout their lives. As a child, I remember Vaughn showing up constantly as a “hey! It’s that guy” in countless television episodes and law commercials throughout the 80s. The slightly older among us may remember him fondly as Napoleon Solo in the hit spy thriller television show, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”.

Ask my dad and he’ll probably tell you that Vaughn was one of the original Magnificent Seven. Personally, when I think Robert Vaughn, I’ll always remember him for his role as a weather-altering billionaire and devilishly fun villain, Ross Webster, in 1983’s Superman III.

Robert Vaughn will be missed, but luckily there’s a ton of content to revisit or visit for the first time. Here he is talking with Gene Shalit about playing a villain. Rest in peace sir.