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Patrick McGoohan

Patrick McGoohan

Patrick McGoohan


Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) was an American-born actor, brought up in Ireland and England, with an extensive stage and film career, most notably in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), and The Prisoner, which he co-created. McGoohan wrote and directed several episodes of The Prisoner himself, occasionally using the pseudonyms Joseph Serf and Paddy Fitz. He subsequently appeared in several Columbo episodes, twice winning an Emmy. Read more on Last.fm
Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) was an American-born actor, brought up in Ireland and England, with an extensive stage and film career, most notably in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), and The Prisoner, which he co-created. McGoohan wrote and directed several episodes of The Prisoner himself, occasionally using the pseudonyms Joseph Serf and Paddy Fitz. He subsequently appeared in several Columbo episodes, twice winning an Emmy. He was featured in David Cronenberg's Scanners (1981), and played King Edward I aka Longshanks in Mel Gibson's Braveheart (1995). McGoohan was born in the Astoria district of Queens.

New York, on 19th March 1928. His parents returned to their native Ireland a few months later, where Patrick lived while his age remained in single figures. In 1938 the family moved to Sheffield in Yorkshire, Britain, and their son was evacuated during the war to Ratcliffe College in Leicestershire. When he returned in his late teens, he had several minor employments, later becoming a stagehand at the Sheffield Playhouse.

This led to his becoming an actor and major roles followed, both in Sheffield and in repertory around the country. The actor married a leading lady, Joan Drummond, and they had three daughters. When McGoohan appeared in the West end of London he received rave reviews for plays such as "Brand" and "Moby Dick" as well as for TV drama roles such as "The Big Knife" and "The Greatest Man in the World". The exposure led to TV mogul Lew Grade signing up McGoohan for the long-running "Danger Man" series and from this the actor produced, with others, his unique cult series "The Prisoner".

At the end of the sixties, when "The Prisoner" had been screened in Britain and the USA, McGoohan moved with his family to Switzerland briefly and then took up permanent residence in the USA. Many TV offerings were taken up, including guest roles in "Columbo" and the lead in the medical series "Rafferty". Movies have been many, including "Ice Station Zebra", "Braveheart" and even a few films for Disney. The Internet Movie Database imdb.com lists all his screen appearances.

The actor's 80th birthday was in 2008, and he continues to live in California with wife Joan, they being now great grandparents. Many of McGoohan's screen appearances are available on DVD. He is regarded as one of Britain's finest dramatic actors but has himself described having 'dual nationality' (Irish and American) which has given him transatlantic fame. His last stage role was in the play "Pack of Lies" in New York, in 1985.

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