Patrick McGoohan

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No 6 has finally left the Village …

Patrick McGoohan died today.  Although he won 2 Emmy awards for work on the classic US series, “Columbo”, and starred in the sucessful, “Danger Man” in the UK, he will forever be remembered for co-creating one of the most undeniably enigmatic TV shows ever made, “The Prisoner”.

Mr McGoohan began his career in the 50’s and worked in both TV and film.  His films include “Hell Drivers”, “Ice Station Zebra” with Rock Hudson, cult favourite “Scanners”, “Escape From Alcatraz” with Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart”.  Due to his role as “John Drake” (“Danger Man”), he had at one point been a media favourite for James Bond.  In 2000, Mr McGoohan agreed to give his most famous role one last outing in “The Simpsons” episode, “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” as “No 6”.  His last role was voicing “Billy Bones” in Disney’s “Treasure Planet”.

Mr McGoohan’s cult legacy lies with “The Prisoner”.  Shot in the early 60s in Portmerion on the North Welsh coast, it boasted bizarre characters and a surreal surroundings where a former spy resigns without explanation and is drugged and wakes to find himself in The Village.  He has no idea where he is, no one can or will tell him; everyone is stripped of their identity and is referred to by the number of their living quarters which gave rise to arguably one of the most famous lines in cult TV: “I am not a number, I am a free man!”  In a bold move (even for now), no attempt to was made to explain the show and it’s concept by Mr McGoohan and his colleagues.  

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