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« on: January 14, 2009, 02:59:47 PM »

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2481726.0.The_Prisoner_actor_Patrick_McGoohan_dies.php

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 03:05:06 PM »

I read on IMDB that Ricardo Montalban also passed away today.

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009, 03:22:10 PM »

This is sad news. I absolutely hate it when the old-timers pass on. They come from era that we will never see again. Patrick McGoohan was a wonderful talent. I always loved the ending from "Escape from Alcatraz." His delivery was amazing. And of course, he was outstanding in "Braveheart" in which he gave one of the best villainous performance I have ever seen. He was also great in "Ice Station Zebra" among many others.

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 04:14:51 PM »

An actor I feel who never really got the chance to show his range through his own choice of material, added with a fondness for the bottle. His attempts at breaking through as a "roaring boy" cinema actor in the style of Richard Harris sadly came to naught, but he remained a major TV star for decades and carved out a decent run of suporting character roles on the big screen. And then there was THE PRISONER, one of a tiny handfull of television shows which people will still be watching and discussing in 100 years time.

Whatever the truth behind Markstein and Mcgoohan's post production spat over who "invented" the concept, Mcgoohan remains the unproblematic auteur of several of the very best episodes having written, directed and starred in them. ONCE UPON A TIME in particular showcases the sort of actor he could very well have projected more often, showing off a tremendous range of emotion in what often feels like a filmed avant-guard theatre workshop for just two characters.

As a director he was clearly in thrall to the later works of Orson Welles, shooting speedily with wide angle lenses in close ups, using hand held cameras often in long takes alternating with peculiarly edited chopped up sequences in which the cut ins and outs often start with the "wrong" frame. Indeed the locations of two of his COLUMBO directed episodes, LAST SALUTE TO THE COMMODORE and IDENTITY CRISIS recall or may even have been shot on some of the Sausalito locations of THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI. There are moments in his THE PRISONER episodes which wouldn't have seemed out of place in TOUCH OF EVIL or especially THE TRIAL (released just 4 years before FREE FOR ALL was shot).

Mcgoohan was and will always be one of the all time greats of world television.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 04:41:42 PM »

He was a homie, born in Astoria NY, I really, really, enjoyed his Secret Agent/Danger Man TV series. RIP

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009, 04:49:44 PM »

He played a role in at least one SW (A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe ).

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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009, 06:15:44 PM »

Sadly, the grim reaper shows no favoritism... Cry

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2009, 06:59:51 PM »

The only thing I think I've seen McGoohan in was Braveheart, where he was quite effective as the stock nasty badguy. 

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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2009, 07:42:31 PM »

Mcgoohan was and will always be one of the all time greats of world television.
Amen.

Thanks, Juan Miranda, for your tribute (no RIP yet for you, eh?). McGoohan was great as Secret Agent/Danger Man, but he really shone as No. 6. I personally feel that he gave a lot of input on The Prisoner and has to be considered at least a co-auteur, but be that as it may (the book that comes with the Network set is essential here). Without him, the series would never have been done. For that alone McGoohan is entitled to every accolade the world of TV viewers can give him. The Prisoner was the best thing TV produced in the 60s, maybe the best series ever done (of something based on an original idea, not a literary adaptation). We haven't seen anything like it in the 40 years since, and are not likely to ever again.

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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2009, 07:50:34 PM »

The only thing I think I've seen McGoohan in was Braveheart, where he was quite effective as the stock nasty badguy. 

A few episodes of The Prisoner are on youtube. I just watched the first one since I knew i had to do it at some point, and it seemed to be the occasion.

Goodbye number 6.

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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2009, 08:24:48 PM »

Cinema Retro's obit:

http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/archives/2833-BREAKING-NEWS!-ICONIC-ACTOR-PATRICK-MCGOOHAN-DEAD-AT-AGE-80.html

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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2009, 02:45:45 PM »

Another obit, with sinister news about AMC's "re-imagining" of The Prisoner:
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‘Prisoner’ star Patrick McGoohan dies at 80
Actor gained fame as ex-spy Number Six on 1960s British TV series

Patrick McGoohan was most famous as the character known only as Number Six in “The Prisoner,” a sci-fi tinged 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small enclave known only as The Village.


LOS ANGELES - Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show “The Prisoner,” has died. He was 80.

McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said.

McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama “Columbo,” and more recently appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film “Braveheart.”

But he was most famous as the character known only as Number Six in “The Prisoner,” a sci-fi tinged 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small enclave known only as The Village, where a mysterious authority named Number One constantly prevents his escape.

McGoohan came up with the concept and wrote and directed several episodes of the show, which has kept a devoted following in the United States and Europe for four decades.

His agent, Sharif Ali, said Wednesday that McGoohan was still active in Hollywood, with two offers for wide-release films on the table when he died. “The man was just cool,” Ali said. “It was an honor to have him here and work with him. ... He was one of those actors, a real actor. He didn’t have a lie.”

Born in New York on March 19, 1928, McGoohan was raised in England and Ireland, where his family moved shortly after his birth. He had a busy stage career before moving to television, and won a London Drama Critics Award for playing the title role in the Henrik Ibsen play “Brand.”

He married stage actress Joan Drummond in 1951. The oldest of their three daughters, Catherine, is also an actress.

His first foray into TV was in 1964 in the series “Danger Man,” a more straightforward spy show that initially lasted just one season but was later brought back for three more when its popularity — and McGoohan’s — exploded in reruns.

Weary of playing the show’s lead John Drake, McGoohan pitched to producers the surreal and cerebral “The Prisoner” to give himself a challenge.

The series ran just one season and 17 episodes in 1967, but its cultural impact remains.

He voiced his Number Six character in an episode of “The Simpsons” in 2000. The show is being remade as a series for AMC that premieres later this year.

“His creation of ’The Prisoner’ made an indelible mark on the sci-fi, fantasy and political thriller genres, creating one of the most iconic characters of all time,” AMC said in a statement Wednesday. “AMC hopes to honor his legacy in our re-imagining of ’The Prisoner.”’

Later came smaller roles in film and television. McGoohan won Emmys for guest spots on “Columbo” 16 years apart, in 1974 and 1990.

He also appeared as a warden in the 1979 Clint Eastwood film “Escape from Alcatraz” and as a judge in the 1996 John Grisham courtroom drama “A Time To Kill.”

His last major role was in “Braveheart,” in what The Associated Press called a “standout” performance as the brutal king who battles Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace, played by Gibson.

In his review of the film for the Los Angeles Times critic Peter Rainer said “McGoohan is in possession of perhaps the most villainous enunciation in the history of acting.”

McGoohan is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2009, 10:12:00 PM »

I only saw him in Braveheart, but he was brilliant. Sad for him to go.

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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2009, 06:03:14 AM »

A few episodes of The Prisoner are on youtube.
All 17 are available here: http://www.amctv.com/videos/the-prisoner-1960s-video/

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