Patrick McGoohan - RIP

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In 1955, McGoohan starred in a West End production of a play called Serious Charge, in the role of a priest accused of being gay. Orson Welles was so impressed by McGoohan's stage presence ("intimidated," Welles said later) that he cast him as Starbuck in his York theatre production of Moby Dick Rehearsed.

McGoohan spent some time working for Disney on The Three Lives of Thomasina and The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. He had already turned down the roles of James Bond and Simon Templar (The Saint). McGoohan became the highest paid actor in the UK.

McGoohan appeared in many films, including Howard Hughes's favourite, Ice Station Zebra, for which he was critically acclaimed, and Silver Streak, with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. In 1977 he starred in the TV series Rafferty, playing a former army doctor who has retired and moved into private practice. Many people consider this series a forerunner to House, M.D. He was most recognized by a later generation of fans as the Machiavellian King Edward "Longshanks" from the 1995 Oscar-winning Braveheart. In 1996 he appeared as Judge Omar Noose in A Time to Kill. He directed Richie Havens in a rock-opera version of Othello called Catch My Soul. McGoohan received two Emmy Awards for his work on Columbo with his long-time friend Peter Falk. He directed five Columbo episodes (including three of the four in which he played the murderer) and wrote and produced two (including one of these).

He also appeared in 1981 Scanners, a science fiction/horror film by Canadian director David Cronenberg that has since attained cult movie status.

McGoohan died on 13 January 2009 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California following a brief illness.

At the time of his death, McGoohan was mostly retired, living in Los Angeles with his wife of 57 years, Joan Drummond McGoohan. Along with his three daughters, he had five grandchildren (Sarah, Erin, Simon, Nina, and Paddy). On June 11, 2008, he became a great-grandfather to Jack Patrick Lockhart.




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Yes, very sad news.
He was one of my favorite actors (and yes, being in the UK, have visited "The Village" from "The Prisoner") and I remember seeing the movie version of the scarecrow as a child and was an avid follower of "Danger Man" on the TV.
He'll be sadly missed and now we'll never really know his actual translation of "The Prisoner" which he kept to himself and left it to us to decide what it was all about - and never confirmed nor denied others interpretations.