I almost forgot about this one. Actually, I nearly overlooked the news even when I first saw the headline as "Patrick McGoohan, star of "The Prisoner" dies". They mentioned it like "The Prisoner" was some famous movie we were all supposed to know. I'm the so-called movie buff and I had never heard of it. Then come to find out it was actually a television show. Goes to show how much I know.
After looking into the story a little further, I thought the picture of the guy looked familiar. The main reason being that I had just got done watching "Silver Streak" on the Fox Movie Channel yet again. Wasn't that bad guy an older version of the guy depicted in that obit? It sure was.
McGoohan died in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 80-years-old.
They listed several different credits for McGoohan besides his role in some show called "The Prisoner". Apparently he also won two Emmy's for his role on "Columbo" also. Don't remember that either. Even with as much as Mom loved that show.
There were two roles I will always remember McGoohan for and one was as the bad guy Roger Devereaux. Regardless of what other acting credits he had before then, he was definitely second-fiddle in that movie. He had the misfortune of starring in a movie that gave us a Richard Pryor in his prime. Pryor stole every scene and McGoohan's portrayal became collateral damage as well.
His other prominent memory for me was as King Edward I in Mel Gibson's "Braveheart". Once again he had to play the villain who again had to meet his demise. Just preparing himself for the inevitable, I guess.
At any rate, rest in peace, original McG.