The silent era Robert Vaughn had studied art at the University of Munich, Germany, and later designed murals for several pavilions at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. A longtime desire to become an actor led Vaughn to the prestigious Bush Temple Stock Company of Chicago. A few years later, he was starring on Broadway opposite such legendary stage actresses as Amelia Bingham and Marguerite Clark. The latter recommended him as her leading man in Still Waters (1915), but by then Vaughn had already become a veteran motion picture actor. Onscreen from around 1912, the sandy-haired, blue-eyed Vaughn found his greatest popularity with the New Rochelle-based Thanhouser Company where, in 1917, he played the squire in a lavish production of Oliver Goldsmith's classic novel The Vicar of Wakefield. Like so many East Coast actors, Vaughn performed double duty by simultaneously co-starring with Charlotte Walker in the Broadway play A Woman's Way. Perhaps the strain proved too great and, by 1918, Vaughn had all but given up pictures in favor of the legitimate stage. He should not be confused with the later The Man From U.N.C.L.E. star.