2009 brings its first cinematic and television casualty. Patrick McGoohan of The Prisoner and Danger Man fame has passed away at the age of 80 years old.
McGoohan died following a short illness at his Los Angeles home.
In the 1960's Patrick McGoohan starred as John Drake in Danger Man, and then as Number 6 in Danger Man's unofficial spin-off The Prisoner, a surreal but iconic show that has gone down in cult-legend despite only lasting seventeen episodes. The success of Danger Man and The Prisoner led to McGoohan being offered the role of James Bond, however the actor turned down the offer, refusing to be typecast in spy roles.
An Emmy and Bafta award-winner, McGoohan starred in several Columbo episodes between the mid-70's and late 90's, and Peter Falk recently stated that the British actor was his favorite co-star in the detective series.
In recent years, McGoohan played small but pivotal roles in films such as A Time To Kill, The Phantom and Mel Gibson's Oscar winning 1995 film, Braveheart, in which he played King Edward. Other notable roles were in the 1960's thriller Ice Station Zebra and a cameo in a 2000 episode of The Simpsons, in which he spoofed his Prisoner role.
The actor will be sorely missed with his sophisticated gravitas adding much to television and film over the last fifty years.The Screen Rant team would like to offer our deepest condolences to Mr. McGoohan's family and friends in their time of grieving.
You can learn more about Patrick McGoohan's celebrated career from his IMBD page.