Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Number Six, R.I.P.

I just learned of the death of Patrick McGoohan. Not only did he co-create and star in one of my all-time favorite TV shows, The Prisoner, he had the further distinction of starring in a show with one of the snappiest theme songs of the 1960's - Secret Agent (aka Danger Man). Don't believe me? Check out the clip below to see Johnny Rivers performing his 1966 hit:

Some Patrick McGoohan Fun Facts:

He was born in Astoria, Queens, NY to Irish Immigrant parents. Soon after his birth they moved back to the Ireland and eventually England.

Following his success as secret agent John Drake in Danger Man, he was offered the role of James Bond in Dr. No. He turned it down, Sean Connery was eventually chosen and the rest is history.

He was also offered the role of Simon Templar in the television version of The Saint. He turned that down as well and the role went to another Bond, Roger Moore).

He starred as the title character in the 1963 Walt Disney miniseries, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh.

He is one of the stars of 1968's Ice Station Zebra, purportedly Howard Hughes' favorite movie.

Not only did he star as Number Six in The Prisoner, he produced the series and wrote and directed several episodes.

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