By Tom Rose
Patrick McGoohan, who gained international stardom as the creator and star of the 1960’s era cult TV classic The Prisoner has died after a short illness in a Santa Monica, California hospital. He was 80.
McGoohan, who was raised in the UK, but born in the United States, enjoyed an extensive stage and screen career covering more than five decades. An early starring role in the action series “Danger Man” lead to offers to play James Bond and The Saint, both of which he turned down.
But his claim to fame will always be for the character he did sign on for, Number Six, the former spy trapped in, and chased throughout, a sinister holiday village. That series lasted for only 17 episodes.
McGoohan then became well known for a string of villainous, though aristocratic, characters he played on series television, including two Emmy winning turns on “Columbo.”
Patrick McGoohan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan, three daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.