Robert Vaughn passed away on Friday at the age of 83 following a brief battle with acute leukemia.

The beloved American actor, whose career stretched across six decades, was best known for his role as Napoleon Solo on the classic NBC series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which ran for over 100 episodes from 1964 to 1968.

Vaughn was also a regular on the big screen, starting off his career with an unaccredited role in The Ten Commandments before going on to land supporting roles in films such as The Magnificent Seven and The Young Philadelphians, for which he received an Academy Award nomination back in 1960 for Best Supporting Actor.

Vaughn died surrounded by his family, his manager said. Photo / Getty Images
Vaughn died surrounded by his family, his manager said. Photo / Getty Images

In recent years he had found success across the pond, starring in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street as well as all eight seasons of the television drama Hustle.

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"Mr. Vaughn passed away with his family around him," his manager said in a statement to Deadline.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, actress Linda Staab, and their two children, son Cassidy and daughter Caitlin.