Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Patrick McGoohan 1928 - 2009

Sadly, another one of my favorite actor/writer/director died yesterday at a local hospital. Patrick McGoohan was 80 years old and created one of the most iconic and influential TV series ever, The Prisoner.  As a child in the 60's, I became a fan of his watching Secret Agent and Disney's The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. He would go on to play a number of characters in television, stage and movies, and in some he would write, produce, and/or direct. Even with him playing various adversary villains in Columbo, Silver Streak, and his gleefully sadistic turn as King Edward "Longshanks" in Braveheart, he'll always be No. 6 to me. May he rest in peace.


  1. He was one of the rare actors who could be cast as either hero or villain and do a fine job with both. I loved 'The Scarecrow.' That mask was scary!

  2. Yes, the man was talented and versatile. The L.A. Times reported in died at St. John Health Center in Santa Monica. There is large British expat community in that local beachfront city--large enough to support 3 authentic Brit pubs, a tea room, a grocery store, and a video store chock full of British DVDs.

  3. I will remember McGoohan as the sixties alternative to Bond--few gadgets, no womanizing, serious--no shaken but not stirred nonsense--and all smarts, cunning and deep rebellion against anyone or anything with the audacity to push him around. I write more about this on my blog at