CBS: "The Long Island Affair"

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — The Long Island Affair

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Imagine if today, George Clooney moved down the block from you, in your middle class, suburban town. Or if Brad Pitt was, out of nowhere, living next door.

Because as  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie continues to play in local theaters around town, it is astonishing to discover that the series’: original star, Robert Vaughn (as secret agent, Napoleon Solo), at nearly the height of his fame, was not only suddenly staying in Long Island, but may have had a hand in shaping local New York history.

During U.N.C.L.E.’s original successful television run (1964-1968), it was nearly as popular as the nation’s most successful rock bands. (Vaughn and co-star David McCallum (as Illya Kuryakin) were frequently featured not only in the era’s gossip tabloids, but the 1960s’  teen pop star magazines.)

Both Vaughn and McCallum have since had long  and celebrated careers. Vaughn has starred on stage, in films and on television, including most recently in the British series, HUSTLE, shown here on A&E (and with several roles in the Law and Order franchise). He also appeared for the first half of 2014, and part of 2013, in the London West End  theatrical production of 12 Angry Men.  McCallum is about to commence his thirteenth season as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on N.C.I.S., on CBS.

In the late spring of 1968, just a few months after The Man From U.N.C.L.E. had ended–and only a few months before the release of Vaughn’s major motion picture, the classic Bullitt (starring his friend, Steve McQueen)–he was spending serious time on the South Shore of Long Island, in Nassau County, in Long Beach, and other neighboring towns

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