We shall not see his like again - aside from his phenomenal portrayal of Number 6 he also played the original unconventional secret agent in Danger Man. A truly great actor who continued working 'til the end of his life. RIP.
Not number 6... :(
Unlike other famous TV series in the anglosaxon world, this one wasn't released in Spain, I think, never heard of this one. But I remember one of his Columbus chapters, haha, and his cast at Alcatraz.
Yes, it's not as tragic as it would be had he died too young, but all the same he deserves respects to be paid to him.
I don't wanna appear rude, but in the first place this thread made me ponder how old you are, Meadow. I got no freakin clue who that guy is. Nevertheless, may he rest in peace.
I loved McGoohan, although I was too young to understand The Prisoner when it was originally shown. But I've gone back and watched many of the episodes, and I'm knocked out at the seriousness, depth and complexity of the series. "Series", hell, it was hardly more than a mini-series, with only 26 or so episodes and one season. One single season, and it is still among the most socially relevant and thought-provoking things ever on tv.
Now it wasn't necessarily good tv. Except for McGoohan the acting was very uneven, and IMO the series would have never made an impression on us were it not for his smoldering rage and intensity. While the show had real heft and depth, it could also be so cheesy, camp and melodramatic as to be laughable - and sometimes almost too lame to endure.
But McGoohan made it work in spite of the cheese. He directed and/or wrote many episodes. It wasn't the dialogue or the characters, other than #6 himself, or even the weekly plots (I mean the weekly "small plots", as opposed to the Big Plot or the "backstory", which IMOis the heart of the show) which made the series significant. It was the things which were left unsaid. It was the idea behind the series which grabs out attention even now: a hellish post-modern world where we are under constant surveillance by a the state which is supreme, omnipotent and unchallengeable....and unreachable. Scary how prescient the show was. We can see the world of The Prisoner from where we are now, and it's not all that far away.
I checked out McGoohan at IMDB and Wikipedia and I was surprised at the number and quality of roles he turned down over the years, including Gandalf, Dumbledore and even James Bond in Live And Let Die, which eventually went to Roger Moore. That's pretty impressive (although it could also be viewed as none to clever on his part). His character in The Prisoner was more or less the same man he portrayed in Secret Agent (Danger Man in the UK), the theme song to which in the US was Johnny Rovers' "Secret Agent Man". In that series McGoohan would not let his character, Agent John Drake, carry a gun or be portrayed as having casual sexual relationships. Here's a clip: YouTube - Danger Man / Secret Agent (1964) Patrick McGoohan My favorite McGoohan role was as, surprise, a secret agent in Ice Station Zebra.
And I'm not surprised that it is you, Meadow, who is leading the homage to McGoohan. To me he almost always played characters who were cerebral, intense, complex and hard. I just wish he'd played more movie roles instead of all the Murder She Wrote and Columbo parts. As much as I like Sean Connery, he would have made a wonderful James Bond; certainly better than Roger Moore.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
9th April 2005
my dad introduced me to "The Prisoner" when i was in middle school, even then i loved it. i have the complete series sitting in a bag at my mom's house back in california. at some point i will transfer it to my computer. alas, he will be missed by me.
I'm old enough to remember watching Secret Agent; and remember thinking it was very good. McGoohan's character actually used martial-arts techniques in the fight scenes, where the usual cowboy or "private dick" character on TV at the time relied on a good haymaker....
A fine actor with a long career.