14 January 2009
Patrick McGoohan dies
Patrick McGoohan is destined to forever be remembered at the titular character in the surreal thriller seriesThe Prisoner
but had an onscreen career lasting some 50 years.
Born in New York to Irish parents on 19 March 1928, he would soon return with his family to County Leitrim in Ireland before moving to Sheffield in the north of England. Starting acting aged 16 McGoohan would work in London's West End before being given a contract to Rank.
It would be his starring role as John Drake in the British spy series
- a deeply personal project that continues to stir debate from fans regarding its deeper meaning. McGoohan would create, produce star and even direct episodes of the series. A remake is currently being developed between ITV in the UK and AMC in the US.
Around the same time McGoohan played the part of the host in a feature length version of Hammer's
with McGoohan onscreen in linking segments.
McGoohan would never quite escape
alongside his friend Peter Falk (winning two acting Emmy awards in the process).
Patrick McGoohan died 13 January 2009 following a short illness.