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Patrick McGoohan
Born March 19, 1928 (1928-03-19) (age 80)
Astoria, Queens, New York
Years active 1955 - 2002
Spouse(s) Joan Drummond (1951-)

Patrick Joseph McGoohan (born March 19, 1928) is an American born UK-raised actor, who rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), cult classic The Prisoner and Mel Gibson's epic Braveheart as Edward Longshanks. McGoohan wrote several episodes of The Prisoner himself, occasionally using pseudonyms such as Joseph Serf and Paddy Fitz. is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aerial view of the Triborough Bridge (left) and the Hell Gate Bridge (right) spanning Astoria Park and the Astoria Pool Astoria is a neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the borough of Queens in New York City. ... This article is about the state. ... The year 1955 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... An Emmy Award. ... Winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series 1989: Joe Spano, Midnight Caller 1990: Patrick McGoohan, Columbo 1991: David Opatoshu, Gabriels Fire 1992: no information 1993: Laurence Fishburne, Tribeca 1994: Richard Kiley, Picket Fences 1995: Paul Winfield, Picket... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... This article is about the 1960s TV series which was also known as Secret Agent and shouldnt be confused with the 1990s television series Secret Agent Man. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Cult television, like cult figures, cult film and cult radio, attracts a band of aficionados or appreciators, known as a cult following, devoted to a specific television series or fictional universe. ... For other uses, see The Prisoner (disambiguation) and Prisoner. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-born actor, director and producer. ... For the moshing term Braveheart, see Wall of death (moshing). ... Edward I; illustration from Cassells History of England circa 1902. ... A pseudonym or allonym is a name (sometimes legally adopted, sometimes purely fictitious) used by an individual as an alternative to their birth name. ...


Biography

McGoohan was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City to Thomas and Rose (née Fitzpatrick) McGoohan, who were living in the United States after emigrating from Ireland to look for work. Shortly after he was born, McGoohan's parents moved back to Co Leitrim, Ireland and, seven years later, they moved to Sheffield, England. Aerial view of the Triborough Bridge (left) and the Hell Gate Bridge (right) spanning Astoria Park and the Astoria Pool Astoria is a neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the borough of Queens in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Carrick-on-Shannon Code: LM Area: 1,588 km² Population (2006) 28,837 Website: www. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


McGoohan attended Ratcliffe College, where he excelled in mathematics and boxing, and later worked as a chicken farmer, a bank clerk and a lorry driver before getting a job as a stage manager at Sheffield Repertory Theatre. When one of the actors became ill, Patrick filled in, launching his acting career. He fell for an actress named Joan Drummond, the woman to whom he reportedly writes love notes every day. They are still considered one of show business's happiest couples. They were married between a rehearsal of The Taming of the Shrew and an evening performance on May 19, 1951. They have three daughters, Catherine (b. 1952), Anne (b. 1959) and Frances (b 1960). On a few occasions McGoohan has played the part of a priest. In 1955, McGoohan starred in a West End production of a play called Serious Charge, in the role of a priest accused of homosexuality. Orson Welles was so impressed by McGoohan's stage presence ("intimidated," Welles said later), Welles cast him as Starbuck in his York theatre production of Moby Dick Rehearsed. Ratcliffe College is an independent Catholic boarding and day school in Leicestershire, England. ... Taming of the Shrew by Augustus Egg The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Catherine McGoohan (b. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Moby Dick Rehearsed is the title of a play written and directed by Orson Welles. ...


While working as a stand-in during actress screen tests, McGoohan was signed to a contract with the Rank Organisation, the largest European Production Company between 1930 and 1960. The producers may have been more interested in capitalizing on his boxing skill and appearance than his acting ability, casting him as the conniving bad boy in such films as the gritty Hell Drivers and the steamy potboiler The Gypsy and the Gentleman, and after a few films and some clashes with the management, the contract was dissolved. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hell Drivers is a 1957 film starring Stanley Baker, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan, Herbert Lom, William Hartnell, Sid James, Jill Ireland, Alfie Bass, Gordon Jackson, David McCallum and, in a small role, Sean Connery. ...


Free of the contract, he did some TV work and continued on the stage in his favourite role, Ibsen's Brand, for which he received an award, and soon producer Lew Grade approached him about another contract, this time for a TV series. Having learned from his experience as a product of the Rank Organisation, McGoohan insisted on several conditions before agreeing to do the spy show Danger Man: all the fistfights should be different, the character would always use his brain before using a gun, and, much to the horror of the executives, no kissing. They hired him anyway. The first series, half-hour shows about a spy named John Drake geared toward an American audience, did fairly well, but not as well as they hoped in the US. It lasted only one year. After the series was over, one interviewer asked McGoohan if he would have liked the series to continue, to which he replied, "I would rather do twenty TV series than go through what I went through under that Rank contract I signed a few years ago for which I blame no one but myself." Danger Man was rerun in several countries, and gained in cult status worldwide. McGoohan spent some time working for Disney on The Three Lives of Thomasina and The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. McGoohan had already turned down the roles of James Bond and Simon Templar (The Saint) when Lew Grade asked him if he would like to give John Drake another try. This time, McGoohan had even more say about the series; it was expanded to an hour and the writing was changed to allow McGoohan more acting range. The series' popularity exploded. McGoohan became the highest paid actor in England[citation needed], and it lasted almost three more seasons. Ibsen redirects here. ... Brand is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. ... Lew Grade, Baron Grade (birth name Louis Winogradsky) (December 25, 1906 - December 13, 1998) was an influential showbusiness impresario and television company executive in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the 1960s TV series which was also known as Secret Agent and shouldnt be confused with the 1990s television series Secret Agent Man. ... John Drake John Drake was the debonair and duty-bound secret agent played by Patrick McGoohan in the British television show Danger Man (1960-1962, 1964-1966) (also known as Secret Agent). ... This article is about the 1960s TV series which was also known as Secret Agent and shouldnt be confused with the 1990s television series Secret Agent Man. ... Disney redirects here. ... The Three Lives of Thomasina is a 1964 film by Walt Disney Pictures. ... The Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn is the smuggler hero of a series of novels by Russell Thorndike, who was the brother of the celebrated English actress Dame Sybil Thorndike. ... This article is about the spy series. ... Simon Templar is a fictional character known as The Saint in a long-running series of books by Leslie Charteris published between 1928 and 1963. ... The Saint was a long-running ITC mystery-cum-spy thriller, airing in Britain on ITV between 1962 and 1969. ...


During the fourth season filming, after shooting the first two episodes in colour, McGoohan told Lew Grade he was going to quit. Grade asked if he would at least work on "something" for him, and McGoohan gave him a run-down of what would later be called a miniseries about a secret agent who resigns suddenly and wakes up to find himself in a prison disguised as a holiday resort. Grade asked for a budget, McGoohan had one ready, and they made a deal over a handshake early on a Saturday morning to produce The Prisoner. McGoohan not only produced, he also wrote, directed and starred in the show. He used two pseudonyms when writing: Paddy Fitz for "Free for All" and Joseph Serf for "A Change of Mind". He also wrote "Once Upon A Time" and "Fall Out" using his own name. The seven episodes were increased to seventeen. A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... For other uses, see The Prisoner (disambiguation) and Prisoner. ...


The main character spends the entire series trying to escape from The Village and to learn the identity of his nemesis, Number One. The Prisoner was a completely new, cerebral kind of series, stretching the limits of the established television formulas. Its influence has been echoed in Lost, Babylon 5, Nowhere Man, I-man, The Truman Show, The Simpsons, Reboot, even American Idol teaser ads. A part of Portmeirion, the real-life filming location for exterior shots of the Village. ... LOST redirects here. ... Babylon 5 is an epic American science fiction television series created, produced, and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. ... Nowhere Man is an American television series starring Bruce Greenwood. ... The Truman Show is a 1998 film directed by Peter Weir, written by Andrew Niccol, and starring Jim Carrey and Ed Harris. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... This article is about the television program ReBoot. ... For the current American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ...


The main character, the nameless Number Six has become McGoohan's most recognisable character. Unfortunately, it has also become his prison. Number Six was so obsessively pro-individual that whenever McGoohan has played someone since who has something to say about individuality or freedom, the character is often compared to his previous incarnation; for example, his rather ironic portrayal of the Warden in Escape from Alcatraz. Number Six // Number Six is the central fictional character in the 1960s television series The Prisoner, played by Patrick McGoohan. ... Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 thriller film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. ...

Patrick McGoohan and his close friend, Peter Falk.

"Mel [Gibson] will always be Mad Max, and me, I will always be a Number," he was once quoted as saying. Image File history File links Patrick_McGoohan_and_Peter_Falk. ... Image File history File links Patrick_McGoohan_and_Peter_Falk. ... Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-born actor, director and producer. ... For other uses, see Mad Max (disambiguation). ...

McGoohan has appeared in many films, including Howard Hughes's favourite, Ice Station Zebra, for which he was critically acclaimed, and Silver Streak, with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. In 1977 he starred in the TV series Rafferty, playing a former army doctor who has retired and moved into private practice. Many people consider this series as a forerunner to House, M.D..[citation needed] He is most recognized today by a new generation of fans as the Machiavellian King Edward "Longshanks" from the 1995 Oscar-winning Braveheart. In 1996 he appeared as Judge Omar Noose in A Time to Kill. He directed Richie Havens in a rock-opera version of Othello called Catch My Soul. McGoohan has received two Emmy Awards for his work on Columbo with his long-time friend Peter Falk. He directed five Columbo episodes (including three of the four in which he played the murderer) and wrote and produced two (including one of these). Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Edward I (17 June 1239 – 7 July 1307), popularly known as Longshanks[1], also as Edward the Lawgiver or the English Justinian because of his legal reforms, and as Hammer of the Scots,[2] achieved fame as the monarch who conquered Wales and tried to do the same to Scotland. ... For the moshing term Braveheart, see Wall of death (moshing). ... For the Welsh murderer, see Howard Hughes (murderer). ... This article is about the film. ... Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy film about murder on a Los Angeles to Chicago train trip. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Willy Wonka, his collaborations with Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his four movies with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ... House, also known as House, M.D., is an American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. ... Detail of the portrait of Machiavelli, ca 1500, in the robes of a Florentine public official Niccolò Machiavelli (May 3, 1469—June 21, 1527) was an Italian political philosopher during the Renaissance. ... Edward I (17 June 1239 – 7 July 1307), popularly known as Longshanks[1], also as Edward the Lawgiver or the English Justinian because of his legal reforms, and as Hammer of the Scots,[2] achieved fame as the monarch who conquered Wales and tried to do the same to Scotland. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... For the moshing term Braveheart, see Wall of death (moshing). ... A Time to Kill is the name of a 1996 feature film adaptation of the 1989 legal thriller A Time to Kill by John Grisham, author of such novels as The Rain Maker, The King of Tourts and his major work of art, The Street Lawyer. The movie was a... Richie Havens (born January 21, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American folk singer and guitarist. ... For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). ... An Emmy Award. ... Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. ... Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ... Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. ...


He also appeared in 1981 Scanners, a science fiction/horror film by Canadian director David Cronenberg that has since attained cult movie status. In 1996, he appeared in Paramount's big budget cinema adaptation of The Phantom comic strip, playing the father of the title character (played by Billy Zane). Many fans of the comic objected to the casting of McGoohan, claiming he was far too old to play the character who in the comics died in his late forties. Scanners is a 1981 action / science fiction / horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943[2]) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... A cult film is a movie that attracts a small but devoted group of obsessive fans or one that has remained popular over successive years amongst a small group of followers. ... For other uses, see Phantom. ... William George Billy Zane, Jr. ...


In 2000, he reprised his role as Number Six in an episode of The Simpsons, "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes". In it, Homer Simpson concocts a news story to make his website more popular, and he wakes up in a prison disguised as a holiday resort. Dubbed Number Five, he befriends Number Six and escapes with his boat. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Simpsons redirects here. ... “The Computer Wore Menace Shoes” is the sixth episode of the twelfth season of The Simpsons. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML...


His last film to date was a voice role in the animated film Treasure Planet, released in 2002. That same year, he received the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for The Prisoner. Treasure Planet is a 2002 Academy Award nominated science fiction animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 27, 2002. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given out annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society (which also publishes a quarterly journal, Prometheus). ... For other uses, see The Prisoner (disambiguation) and Prisoner. ...


McGoohan's name has been linked to several aborted attempts at producing a new motion picture version of The Prisoner, most recently in 2002 when director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) was signed to helm a version of the story. McGoohan was listed as executive producer on the project, which never came to fruition. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Simon West (born 1961) is an English film director. ... Categories: Movie stubs | Action films | Adventure films | 2001 films | Films based on video games ...


McGoohan was offered the roles of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films[citation needed], but turned both down for health reasons. For other uses, see Gandalf (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Peter Jackson films. ... Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (born ca. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ...


McGoohan was one of several actors considered for the role of James Bond in Dr. No (along with future Bond actor Roger Moore). Part of McGoohan's popular legend is that he turned down the role on moral grounds (the same grounds that would affect how he played John Drake). Ironically, the success of the Bond films is generally cited as the reason for Danger Man being revived in 1964, which led in turn to The Prisoner. This article is about the spy series. ... Dr. No is a 1962 spy film. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ...


As of 2008, he is mostly retired and living in Los Angeles with his wife of 56 years, Joan Drummond McGoohan. 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


External links

  • Patrick McGoohan at the Internet Movie Database
  • Patrick McGoohan Biography: http://www.tomahawkpress.com/tomahawk.html
  • Prisoner Appreciation Society: http://www.sixofone.co.uk/
  • 24 hours with Patrick McGoohan
  • McGoohan and Prisoner News Page
  • British Theatre, Film and Television Career
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