Wednesday, January 14, 2009

R. I. P. Patrick McGoohan

To me, he's the Secret Agent Man.

Update: Walter Satterthwait tells me that all episodes of The Prisoner can be seen here.

Patrick McGoohan Dies at 80: Theater News on "Emmy Award winner and stage veteran Patrick McGoohan has died at age 80, according to the BBC.

Born in New York City, but raised in Ireland and England, McGoohan began his career on the stage in such shows as The Taming of the Shrew, Serious Charge, Orson Welles' Moby Dick Rehearsed, and Henrik Ibsen's Brand, which was filmed for television. His sole Broadway appearance was in Hugh Whitemore's 1985 play Pack of Lies, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination.

McGoohan gained international fame in 1967 when he starred in the TV series The Prisoner, in which he played the role of Number Six. He later won two Emmy Awards for his guest spots on Columbo. The actor also appeared in numerous films including Mary, Queen of Scots, Ice Station Zebra, Silver Streak, and Braveheart."


Ray said...

Very, very sad news. Instrumental in the greatest TV show ever, especially brilliant in the many Columbos he appeared in and a man of great talent and integrity.

Todd Mason said...

Anyone ever see what I take to be his first film (though I should doublecheck IMDb), the version of Brendan Behan's play THE QUARE FELLOW?

Odd that they don't think DANGER MAN or SECRET AGENT went international.

Fred Blosser said...

Todd's right ... DANGER MAN played on US television in 1961, and there was even a Dell comic book tie-in. McGoohan's SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH three-part TV series for Disney (1964) was just released on DVD. One of my favorite McGoohan roles was the vainglorious, Custer-like cavalry officer in the droll spaghetti western A GENIUS, TWO COMPANIONS, AND AN IDIOT (1975).