Well, fine then, Academy, if you’re not going to honor Robert Francis Vaughn, then I will–proudly.
His was a face I’d seen many times before I realized who he was–and when I did finally realize who he was, I fell in love. It was his portrayal of Napoleon Solo that made me fall for him, but it soon became clear to me that any character he brought to life was wonderful and memorable–not just the brave, loyal international agent, but the skittish Old West gunfighter, the wealthy private eye, the authoritative General who could command anyone in the world except his former partner, the most adorable con artist in human history, and so many more.
But he was so much more than just a really good actor. He was a true Renaissance Man–a man of the stage, the screen, the spoken word, and the printed word. He was the biggest fan of Hamlet. And he was an activist–speaking up for what he believed in, ready to take whatever consequences that resulted.
He was an actor. An activist. A writer. An inspiration.
But, most of all, he was a wonderful, kind, and caring human being.