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Actor Patrick McGoohan dead at 80

I know he was most famous for 'The Prisoner' but my memories of McGoohan come from his record four guest appearances as a murderer on Columbo. These mystery movies from some of the show's best.(He won two emmys for his work) The battle of wits between McGoohan's character and rain coat dressed detective were worth watching multiple times.

In his later years McGoohan's appearance, especially if he had a mustache, strongly bore a resemblance to my late maternal grandfather. RIP.

Patrick McGoohan, an Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show The Prisoner, has died. He was 80.

McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said Wednesday.

McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama Columbo, and more recently appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film Braveheart.

But he was best known as the title character Number Six in The Prisoner, a surreal 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small village and constantly tries to escape.


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Comments (8)

Some very serious TV critic... (Below threshold)

Some very serious TV critics consider THE PRISONER as the greatest TV show ever made. And (DANGER MAN)renamed SECRET AGENT for export to the U.S. was yet another reasonably good series that unfortunately was not as flashy or gadget prone as the James Bond, series, but was a fine series. McGoohan was a fine and serious actor. Great that you remembered him here, Bill.

"my memories of McGoohan co... (Below threshold)
Mike:

"my memories of McGoohan come from his record four guest appearances as a murderer on Columbo"

Yes, I remember the episode where Columbo proved McGoohan's guilt by finding a piece of cheese carelessly discarded at the crime scene and matching the bite mark in the cheese to McGoohan's teeth.

Sadly, it looks as though Peter Faulk won't be with us much longer.

"The Prisoner" was TV at it... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"The Prisoner" was TV at it's best. The 'writers' today don't even measure up.

Be seeing you.... (Below threshold)
chsw:

Be seeing you.

My favorite quote of his:</... (Below threshold)
MunDane68:

My favorite quote of his:

"Arrows are expensive, use up the Irish!"

(DANGER MAN)rename... (Below threshold)
(DANGER MAN)renamed SECRET AGENT for export to the U.S. was yet another reasonably good series that unfortunately was not as flashy or gadget prone as the James Bond, series, but was a fine series.

According to imdb and wikipedia, McGoohan demanded that his character never use a gun (and the only time he had one was when he took it from a bad guy) and not have any casual sexual relationships.

That last bit was what probably fueled the persistent rumor that the reason McGoohan turned down the James Bond role in Dr. No was on similar moral grounds.

Sad to hear! McGoohan was ... (Below threshold)

Sad to hear! McGoohan was a fine actor, and "The Prisoner" remains a television classic. Another fine actor in the same series was the late Leo McKern who played the title character in the "Rumpole" series.

Chris

Number 6 is dead but what a... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Number 6 is dead but what about number 2?




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