Wednesday, January 14, 2009

RIP: Patrick McGoohan

IO9 reports that actor Patrick McGoohan has passed away at 80. McGoohan is known for a number of high profile projects - but it is safe to say that he is best known to genre fans as number 6 on the 60s television program "The Prisoner".

If you need your memory jogged: The Prisoner, the story of a spy who decides to resign, and then finds himself kidnapped and trapped in an idyllic village where everyone is a number and the village leaders are trying to break him. The Prisoner was surreal and disturbing, with an ending episode so twisted that it defies explanation to this day.

McGoohan earlier had turned down the role of James Bond and later that of Simon Templer better known as the Saint. As a curious co-incidence Roger Moore played both James Bond in the movies and Simon Templer on tv.

McGoohan died in Los Angeles after a short illness on January 13, 2009

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