Born in New York City in 1932, Robert Vaughn is the son of performers. He got his first break as a stage actor in Los Angeles, and scored small roles in several films. In 1960 he was nominated for an Academy Award for a supporting role in The Young Philadelphians. In the 1960s he was cast in the career-defining role of Napoleon Solo on the hit TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Vaughn has continued a long string of guest appearances on television and in films, often in the role of the heavy.