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    Patrick McGoohan, R.I.P.

    LOS ANGELES – Patrick McGoohan, an 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 Wednesday.

    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 best known as the title character Number Six in "The Prisoner," a surreal 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small village and constantly tries to escape.

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    I just saw that he gave his blessing to a Prisoner remake.

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    Jazz fans will remember McGoohan's performance as the Iago character in the marginal jazz version of OTHELLO called ALL NIGHT LONG...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Fuqua View Post
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    Jazz fans will remember McGoohan's performance as the Iago character in the marginal jazz version of OTHELLO called ALL NIGHT LONG...
    I do indeed remember that. I always wondered if that was really him playing the drums at the end.

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    I love this site. I came home fully expecting to be creating this thread. Not only does it already exist, but there's four posts on it too.
    I first saw The Prisoner back in 1990. WTTW-Chicago (pub broadcasting) was a couple episodes a week as part of their fundraising drive, and they fell in between reruns of Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. After a couple views, the Prisoner was the only thing I was watching those Sunday evenings. Just a brilliant show. And very cool. Everything about it was cool, and not in that overreaching overused way the word cool is butchered these days. And man was it fun to watch. I remember after seeing the last episode I was all ready to start watching them from the start all over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duaneiac View Post
    But he was best known as the title character Number Six in "The Prisoner," a surreal 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small village and constantly tries to escape.
    ...and prior to 'The Prisoner' he was John Drake in 'Danger Man'

    'Danger Man' was renamed 'Secret Agent' in the US and used Johnny River's take on 'Secret Agent Man' as it's theme song.

    Patrick appeared in a few films as well:

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001526/

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    there was also some great incidental music - some quite jazzy - in The Prisoner and I watched an episode last night after I heard the news. A great loss. The Prisoner is my all-time favourite television series. McGoohan was a brilliant actor. RIP Patrick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Fuqua View Post
    Be seeing you.


    Jazz fans will remember McGoohan's performance as the Iago character in the marginal jazz version of OTHELLO called ALL NIGHT LONG...
    According to The Times obituary published yesterday McGoohan prepared for the role in 'All Night Long' by locking himself in a garage with a drum kit and practising for hours.
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    A sad loss.

    I'm a "Prisoner" fan - have been since I was a kid and eventually (about two years ago) went to Port Meirion, where the series was filmed.

    If you can get a hold of it, I can recommend the boxed set of the series.

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    R.I.P

    At least he lived a long and fruitful life, 80 seems like the perfect age to pass on to me.

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    Ahhh the Lotus 7 Green and Yellow. I have only driven one once, and my nerve ran out before the road-holding did. I am quite happy chucking a 160MPH TVR around Knockhill circuit, but that Lotus, although with a far lower top speed goes round corners on rails -- I never did get to it's limits

    The program and Patrick were COOL even if only for that car. Danger man -- now there is a blast from the past.

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