Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Patrick McGoohan Dies At 80

Emmy-winning actor Patrick McGoohan, best known for starring in cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner, has died at the age of 80. He died in Los Angeles after a short illness, his film producer son-in-law Cleve Landsberg told Associated Press.

Patrick Joseph McGoohan was a two-time Emmy winning American born actor, raised in Ireland and the UK, with an extensive stage career, 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 Oscar winning epic Braveheart as Edward Longshanks. McGoohan wrote several episodes of The Prisoner himself, occasionally using the pseudonyms Joseph Serf and Paddy Fitz.

In 2000, McGoohan reprised his most famous role in an episode of The Simpsons. McGoohan's last role came in 2002, as a voice artist in animated picture Treasure Planet.