Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Patrick McGoohan: 1928-2009

Patrick McGoohan, Emmy Award-winning actor of film and television, died yesterday at the age of 80.

McGoohan was best known for creating and starring in the cult TV classic The Prisoner, wherein he portrayed the enigmatic Number Six. He also starred in the series Danger Man (a.k.a. Secret Agent) and played the title character in Disney's The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, which was released theatrically abroad as Dr. Syn: Alias the Scarecrow. McGoohan won his two Emmys for guest starring on Columbo, and memorably reprised his character Number Six on an episode of The Simpsons.

On film, McGoohan portrayed King Edward I in a controversial depiction in Braveheart. He also starred in such movies as The Three Lives of Thomasina, Ice Station Zebra, Mary, Queen of Scots, Silver Streak, Escape from Alcatraz, Scanners and A Time to Kill. His last film role was voicing Billy Bones in Disney's Treasure Planet.

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