Friday, January 16, 2009

Patrick McGoohan 1928-2009



Well I was preparing a post about Doughnuts when this news came on the radio...
McGoohan was always a very principled actor and artist, he reportedly passed on playing James Bond in the early 60's (and later on playing "The Saint") and often sighted a dislike for the character. (Primarily the violence Bond employed and his womanizing) He stared in the secret agent series "Danger Man" from 1960 until 1968 , a series that predated "Dr No" by two years and contributed to the look and feel of the cold war spy genre. Reportedly McGoohan insisted on several conditions for the role, primarily that the character would use his brains over his gun and there was to be no kissing...
He is perhaps most famous for my favorite TV series of all time, The Prisoner, in which he stared and produced. He also wrote and directed the series's final two episodes, of which the second last ;"Once upon a time" is , in my humble opinion, the best forty five minutes of television ever produced.
He went on to appear in many roles on stage and screen after The Prisoner, including an Ironic role as the Warden in "Escape from Alcatraz". He moved to LA but generally shunned the Hollywood mainstream, living in semi retirement. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, his three daughters, 5 grandchildren and great grandchild.

Thank you Mister McGoohan, you were never just a number...