Biographical Information:
Dates: 1932 -Dates in Ridgefield: 1981-
nonfictionactor, political activist
Robert Francis Vaughn, Ph.D., may best be known for his starring role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., one of the most popular television shows in the 1960s. Less well-known, perhaps, is the fact that he completed a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Southern California in 1970. His thesis, on the blacklisting of Hollywood entertainers during the McCarthy era, was published in 1972 as Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting. He made his television debut in 1955 in the TV series, Medic. In 1978 he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Washington Behind Closed Doors, and in 1965 he won Most Popular Male Star Photoplay Award. His career in film includes roles in The Magnificent Seven (1960); Bullett (1969); and The Bridge at Ramagen (1969). (For a complete list of his film and television credits, see In 2008 he published his autobiography, A Fortunate Life. A long-time member of the Democratic Party, he was active in the Vietnam War-era peace group, Another Mother for Peace, and, with Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, was a founder of Dissenting Democrats. He moved to Ridgefield in 1981 with his actress wife, Linda Staab, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Ridgefield Playhouse.
Titles:Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting, 1972A Fortunate Life, 200 (2008)
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