- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: JR Books Ltd; 1st Paperback Printing edition (25 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906779759
- ISBN-13: 978-1906779757
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Robert Vaughn: A Fortunate Life: An Autobiography Paperback – 25 Jan 2010
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From an encyclopedia of Cult TV, I have the memory that Napoleon Solo was meant to be a graduate in philosophy. Whether this is true or not, on the basis of this memoir, Robert Vaughn has leanings in that direction. He discusses his ideas about acting, his philosophy of life, the effect a drug trip had on his outlook on life and his involvement in American politics. This is amidst an account of how he came to be involved with UNCLE, and various films and incidents in his life such as his confinment during the Prague Spring of 1969, plus accounts of co-stars such as Steve McQueen and Yul Brinner. He is generous to them though not blind to their faults.
Yet, there is much Robert Vaughn does not discuss. The bulk of the book concentrates on the sixties. He mentions his wife and family in passing and their importance to him, but reveals little here. He discusses his involvement with the women in his life such as Natalie Wood, but is discrete.
All in all, this is not a memoir of sparkling anecdotes (a la David Niven). Though some things are revealed, there are no shocks or settling of scores. Yet on the basis of this, I suspect I'd prefer to know Vaughn than many other stars. He'd probably be a loyal and consistent friend. This is perhaps not a classic, but worth reading because of its insight.
The show always dealt with medical and historic accounts in one weekly series Robert Vaughan played a young army doctor who attended to Abraham Lincoln folowing his assasination (Lincoln died the following day)
While I never really followed Robert Vaughn's career, once I saw he was involved in the cast of any film I duly forked out for my ticket, he was that type of actor - never a bad performance. The book is a genuine autobiography of the star's rise to fame and more. his total love of Shakespeare's Hamlet, His U.N.C.L.E. years - The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt, The Towering Inferno, Bridge At Remagen to name a few. Also included is his involvement in the Anti Vietnam War campaign, Civil Rights, his friendship with Senator Robert Kennedy who once asked him 'When are you going to join us?' His reply: 'When you are in the Oval Office and stop the war'
His friendship with two of his acting buddies James Coburn and Steve (paranoia) McQueen.
This is an excellent book, not the usual Hollywood drivel. The actor also gives some of his own tips and theories in his Epilogue on acting (aspiring thespians take note)
Some have said there is not enough about the actor's personal life.Read more ›
The story of his filming in Czechoslovakia at the time of the 'Prague Spring' and subsequent suppression by the Russian government is vivid and enthralling - an unusual viewpoint from someone who was there.
Vaughn comes across as a likeable and thoughtful individual, with much to say, and even though he's very much the veteran, he seems to be very much an Anglophile, as amused by his cameo in 'Coronation Street' as his important role in 'Bullit'. 'A Fortunate Life' is, as I have stated, a fine read, and highly recommended. I hope that there's to be a follow-up!
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This is a very interesting story of a long-time Hollywood star. Robert Vaughn tells about his famous co-workers, lovers, and political work in detail and I found I could not put... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kona
As A Man from Uncle generation and a classic film lover with The Seven and Bullit to remember, I thought an insight into one of the remaining "great's" from my youth would make an... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2010 by J. F. King