Patrick McGoohan dies, aged 80

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Patrick McGoohan dies, aged 80

Post by falkor » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:19 am

By Aislinn Simpson
Last Updated: 7:25AM GMT 15 Jan 2009

McGoohan died yesterday after a short illness.

One of the leading stars of British television of the 1950s and 1960s, he is best known for played The Prisoner's title character Number Six in the surreal 1960s show filmed in Portmeirion in Wales.
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He also won two Emmy Awards - 16 years apart - for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama Columbo, and a 1959 Bafta award for best television actor for his role in The Greatest Man In The World, a one-off ITV drama.

He was later considered for the role of James Bond for the movie Dr No and, in more recent years, appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film Braveheart.
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The son of an Irish farmer, he was born in Long Island, New York and raised in England and Ireland.

After entertaining thoughts about entering the priesthood and managing a chicken farm, McGoohan got a job as a stage manager at Sheffiled Repertory Theatre.

It was there, once he had taken to the stage after another actor became ill, that he met his future wife Joan Drummond, and in 1951 they married.

In 1955, he landed a five-year contract with Rank and in the early 1960s, starred in All Night Long, an attempt at re-staging Shakespeare's Othello in the context of a fashionable London jazz party.

A 1959 production of Ibsen's Brand led him to the hit television series Danger Man, in which he played secret service agent John Drake.

But after leaving the show and being brought back to do three more series, he tired of the role and dreamed up the The Prisoner, a surreal mixture of spy thriller and science fiction which was first screened in 1967, as a way of escaping.

Lew Grade, the chief of Associated TeleVision, which produced Danger Man, was worried he would lose one of his biggest assets and so accepted McGoohan's pitch for the new series.

Number Six spent the entire time - spanning across 17 episodes - attempting to escape from The Village and trying to find out the identity of his captor, the elusive Number Two. As he frantically explores his environment, he discovers that its inhabitants are identified by number instead of by name and have no memory of a prior existence or outside civilisation. He repeatedly declares: "I am not a number - I am a free man!"

In 2000, he reprised his most famous role in an episode of The Simpsons.

Last year, ITV confirmed that Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel will star in the network's remake of The Prisoner, with Caviezel taking the role of Number Six while McKellen appearing as Number Two.

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McGoohan played the title character Six in the surreal 1960s show filmed in Portmeirion in Wales

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Re: Patrick McGoohan dies, aged 80

Post by BRIGHTON121 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:22 pm

Every time I turn a corner or wonder how one of my growing up TV hero's are doing, they have long left this planet. Who would have thought it, watching them all those years ago.

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Re: Patrick McGoohan dies, aged 80

Post by falkor » Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:34 pm

you can say that again Brighton

doesn't bear thinking about :5

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