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UPDATED!! Patrick McGoohan Is Gone...

Merrick again... AMC is currently streaming the entirety of THE PRISONER. It's free, and ou can find it HERE.

Merrick here...
Patrick McGoohan passed away in Los Angeles today. He was 80.
McGoohan is (arguably) best knows as Number Six in THE PRISONER, for which he was a producer, writer, and director. Some theorize THE PRISONER may have been a loose continuation of DANGER MAN, an early 60s TV series featuring McGoohan as an operative named John Drake (more on the series' connections HERE). But his accomplishments spanned a far greater range of projects - including ICE STATION ZEBRA, ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ, David Cronenberg's SCANNERS, Mel Gibson's BRAVEHEART, and THE PHANTOM (father to Billy Zane's character). In 1976 he co-starred with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in Arthur Hiller's SILVER STREAK. McGoohan appeared on stage in Orson Welles' MOBY DICK REHEARSED, and directed a rock opera adaptation of OTHELLO called CATCH MY SOUL. He reprised his Number Six role for an episode of THE SIMPSONS, and won Emmys for his work with Peter Falk on COLUMBO (which he also wrote, produced, or directed upon occasion). Perhaps most interestingly, McGoohan is said to have turned down the roles of both James Bond (successor to Connery) and THE SAINT's Simon Templar. "Mel [Gibson] will always be Mad Max, and me, I will always be a Number," he was once quoted as saying (per Wiki). This isn't exactly true - he was so much more.

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  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Well, Damn.

    by Steve Young

    You will be misssed, Mr. McGoohan.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by wbrownley

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Greats are going

    by sokitome

    Great Talent. My condolences to his family. RIP

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Was the coolest of the secret agent

    by skimn

    craze that hit the sixties. Loved his crafty work on Columbo. I imagine he was a powerhouse on stage (any stage roles of note?).<p>Rest in peace, sir.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Be seeing you.

    by RobotDevil007

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I am not a number...

    by ThreeOranges

    ...I'm a dead man!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    This news made me check Patrick Macnee

    by skimn

    on IMDB. The gent turns 88 next month!! Keep in good health, Steed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Nolan should do The Prisoner Movie

    by pussyslayer09

    before he does Batman 3. He is said to have contemplated this for a while and I hope he goes through with it before the inevitable threequel to Batman Begins

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

    by Ingeld

    Rides no more. RIP

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    No excuses

    by Ardee-El

    Go out and buy "Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh." Right now.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    amc has the entire prisoner series online

    by bacci40

    in prep for the remake. <p> while this isnt a shock, as he has been in ill health for awhile, i am still saddened by the loss<p> my dad an i watched the prisoner together...he let me stay up past my bedtime to watch the show...a show that was 20 years ahead of its time<p> the makers of lost should dedicate the premiere to mr mcgoohan...for reasons that can be left unstated<p? I AM NOT A NUMBER....I AM A FREE MAN

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Grew up with "The Prisoner"

    by Phimseto

    Will miss him very much.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    "You Ignorant...Ngggrrr"!

    by Stalkeye

    That line/quote from Silver Streak was outta nowhere and Pryor's response was even funnier: "I'll slap the taste out your mouth.." Classic scene had me ROTMFF. RIP Pat

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Denty420

    This has knocked me for six (pardon the somewhat inappropriate pun.) Big part of my childhood was spent watching his work. Rest in peace, Paddy Fitz.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Without question, the greatest show and actor of all time.

    by wcme

    Seriously. For me, when i sat down to list my top 5 shows of all time, THE PRISONER has never been touched or beat. TWIN PEAKS comes in at #2, but nothing ever beat Patrick mcgoohan's caged tiger. Between this and whats up with Peter Falk, its a bleak time for classic tv. At Christmas I always wish he has done CHRISTMAS CAROL with Leo mckern as the ghost of Christmas present. Tv has NEVER seen the likes of ONCE UPON A TIME and FALLOUT and never will. Ever. rest in peace my old old friend. Your mysteries will be known to us both upon my own ARRIVAL where you now have gone. Godspeed!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Damn fine suggestion, about Lost. And ABC and the producers would have plenty of time to attach a postscript title.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    I love Ice Station Zebra.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    "All that remains is...recognition of a man."

    by SpyGuy

    With THE PRISONER, Patrick McGoohan helped create what is arguably the finest philosophical exploration of the individual vs. society. And these days, its subject matter is more socially and politically relevant than ever. <p>And yes, considering how much LOST has referenced THE PRISONER, they owe him at least a simple dedication of the season premiere.</p>

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    THE GOOOOO!!! NO!! Rest in Peace Goo, rest in peace.

    by Damien Chowder

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Danger Man

    by Mr. A

    By sheer coincidence I have been going back to old time TV and have been watching DANGER MAN. Though it is out of the early 60s, the show holds up very well, is striking for it's intelligence and greater sense of spy-reality in comparison to other spy shows of the 60s. McGoohan is absolutely fascinating to watch. You can see the layer upon layer of intelligence in the man and in his performance. I'd highly recommend you TV or spy buffs or McGoohan fan go back and watch Danger Man which you can get from Netflix. I've been missing McGoohan as an actor for years, now I'll miss him even more. RIP, John Drake/Number 6.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    That stinks...

    by godric

    I am sad. That is all.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by GoDFaDDa42

    "We want information..." "You won't get it!" Sci-Fi showed the Prisoner all the time, frequently in an in-order marathon, when it was first added to our cable line-up. That opening has stuck with me, and millions of others. Rest in peace.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    "I am a free man!"

    by I am the most horrible

    TREMENDOUS drag. I am a great fan of McGoohan.RIP. Sorry we'll no longer "be seeing you."<p> I 2nd the emotion of a LOST dedication.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    LOST owes a lot to THE PRISONER

    by filmfanatic1

    If it wasn't for THE PRISONER, LOST wouldn't exist. The eerie thing is that I've been watching THE PRISONER for the last 2 weeks, and you can see how playful he got with the narrative, trying to do something different with it. Gonna miss him.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Be Seeing You...

    by newc0253

    a smart, smart guy: there ain't many actors today who could help write and direct something as clever as THE PRISONER.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I hope all of you bought that "Scarecrow" dvd tin

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" dvd is easily my favorite dvd release this year, and it has apparently already been discontinued by Disney. You had about a month to pick it up. It was going for about $60 yesterday. You can double that by next week. I love Patrick McGoohan. He was badass in "Ice Station Zero." Remember, he was also "The Phantom" once (Zane's dad in the film). God speed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    "The problem with Scotland is that it's full of Scots!"

    by Tacom

    RIP King Edward the Longshanks and Number 6.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    McGoohan's Blues

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I loved this guy. The Prisoner episodes he directed and wrote were the best out of the lot.<p> Guess this calls for a few spins of McGoohan's Blues by Roy Harper in memoriam. (I'd post the lyrics, but considering the song's about 20 minutes long, with nary an instrumental passage among them, you can fuck off if you expect me to put in that many paragraph breaks).

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by tristeele

    What a bummer. I'm in my mid 30's and all these people I grew up watching are gone. The Prisoner was a very hard to find show when I was younger before the internet. CBS ran it on a late night block with Wiseguy for about a year. I stumbled upon it and loved it immediately. I'm sincerely bummed right now.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by Negator76

    During college, I had the poster of that quote, with McGoohan holding the megaphone and firing his laser-intense stare... He seemed the model for intellectual rigor and integrity. He embodied sort of masculine ideal that was borne of intelligence, wits and will, not mere gun-toting bravado. In short, he was badass. You will be missed, sir.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Sympathies to Patrick McGoohan's family

    by DC Films

    He's was an amazing actor - a truly enigmatic one-off on TV & cinema. He's greatly missed by his fans, including me. RIP Number Six.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Don't forget

    by BuckminsterOhare

    The Three Lives of Thomasina

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    A genuine talent.

    by BiggusDickus

    He'll always be remembered for The Prisoner, but for me his prtrayal of Edward I in 'Braveheart' was the standout. <p>"But Sire, won't we hit our own men?" "Yes, but we'll hit theirs too." An absolute masterclass in underplaying ruthlessness. RIP, my liege...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Alive if possible, dead...just as good.

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Who is this person who speaks to me as if I needed his advice?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    rest in peace no 6

    by alucardvsdracula

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Reminds me to pull out some Iron Maiden

    by tristeele

    and give a listen to The Number of the Beast - The Prisoner track!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Well now he has his answer

    by ArcadianDS

    He now knows who #1 is.<p> Godspeed, Mr .McGoohan.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    I third that dedication on Lost

    by DC Films

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    We will never ever ever see his like again...

    by emeraldboy

    His performance in Braveheart is was great. even though he remains off scream for half the movie he presence is felt. The scene at the end where he orders and watches the excution of William Wallace. is chilling, stomach churning, rivetting stuff. Mel gets a lot of knocks. But that film is the best film he has ever made and it kickstarted the modern irish film industry. Historically inaccurate it may be, its still a great movie.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Will be missed.

    by mrfan


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    What a legend

    by kwisatzhaderach

    His performace in Braveheart was nothing short of awesome.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Bacci40, I completely agree.

    by Johnny Smith

    Anyone wanna start a petition to make sure it happens? As for the man himself, he was maybe the defining icon of my pivotal adolescent years, and most of who I have become I owe to the influence of The Prisoner. The show literally changed my life, and I am deeply, deeply saddened today. Be seeing you...Patrick.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Ah, damn

    by Lang The Cat

    Great man, great actor, great writer, great voice. Just damn.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Nobody like him...the most upright of heroes

    by darthliquidator

    His Secret Agent, his Dr.Syn/Scarecrow, his Prisoner... ...all men of high moral purpose with backbones of steel and laser-like intensity when it came to thwarting their foes and winning the day. While Bond slept his way through countless babes, McGoohan's characters were true Puritans in word and deed (he reportedly abhorred any on-screen kissing/love scenes). In the hands of lesser actors, such heroes might have seemed dull and dreary, but McGoohan's charisma and talent brought them all to life...they were men whose hearts you couldn't see all the way into, which made them all the more fascinating to us. RIP Patrick, already missing you like hell.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Be seeing you, Pat

    by smellmycheese

    You'll be greatly missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Damn You God

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Damn You God

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    secret ASIAN man!


    LOST totally ripped off the prisoner for sure. well, it took whole chunks and ran with it anyway.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    'The Three Lives of Thomasina'

    by Jodet

    Anyone who loves cats should check out this McGoohan flick from the early sixties.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Gotta break out my Scarecrow of Romney Marsh DVD...

    by superhero

    Crud...I am not a number!!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    "they've given you a number-


    -and taken away your name"<P>yeah guys there is no 'loose connection to danger man/secret agent man/prisoner...McGoohan and the co creator(s) openly admit and talk about it being tied together. duh.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Great in Braveheart

    by darthvedder81

    Should have gotten a best supporting actor nod.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    He finally escaped

    by England's Finest

    God speed, one of my all time heroes.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Growing up, a favorite of mine, also

    by skimn

    was Ice Station Zebra. McGoohan could play a man of mystery so perfectly because it seemed that the secrets he was keeping had secrets themselves. Always a pleasure to see him appear whether on television or film throughout the years.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Be Seeing you Mr. McGoo

    by harrys_site_sucks

    I was just reading about the remake this morning, such sad news. Dr Syn was the best DVD of 2008. Grab it if you can.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    The Iron Maiden story is brilliant

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    He was waay cooler than Frank Herbert. <P> RIP.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST



    I think that word best sums up the Prisoner. The last episode is just absolutely BONKERS! Will a Movie/TV Movie ever by made?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    The world certainly just lost

    by smallerdemon

    one of its greatest representatives of elegance and cool.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by Quintus_Arrius

    .... it is appointed once that every man should die... Farewell, Number 6!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Very Sad

    by volcanopele2

    The man uttered my favorite movie monologue, the one from Braveheart about Scotland being full of Scots. The actor will be sorely missed. Godspeed!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    "Catch My Soul"

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    Anyone who listen's to Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (and you really should) would have heard a couple of tracks from "Catch My Soul" in recent episodes. Featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, of all people, as Iago. Incredible! I hope there exists video footage of this show somewhere.<p> Oh, and The Prisoner is the greatest TV series ever produced in Britain (and by far the best thing ever shown on the usual worthless ITV)

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    he was my hero

    by Circean6

    There is a reason I added the number "6" to this SN. When I was in my teens I didn't have a "Catcher in the Rye" stage, I had a full blown "Prisoner/Mcgoohan" period. I know he was a man of deep & private faith, and I hope he is at peace with God.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    King Sweyn Forkbeard

    by Stuntcock Mike

    "Do it!" I love it.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    ICE STATION ZEBRA is a good idea

    by filmfanatic1

    I just ordered ICE STATION ZEBRA from my public library; I just wish I could find DR. SYN; they used to have it. Did Disney take it out of circulation, the greedy slugs?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    You get the feeling

    by tomdolan04

    in interviews with Mcgoohan that he was the same bristly, authorative, exceptionally intelligent and fiercely private man that Number 6 was. <p> I'm not an authority on his work outside the Prisoner, but caught him in some Columbo episodes, Escape from Alcatraz and Braveheart and he delivered deep, gripping performances in each. But the Prisoner...I'm 26 now, and was 17 when I first caught it all the way through. It's one of the only Series I still make an effort to make some time for and rewatch every six months or so. The morality plays within the show are still insanely relevant (the villagers undertake in 'Speedlearn', and the message that simply knowing and reciting facts is nowhere near intelligence scarily so)<p> The Prisoner could never be made today as uncompromisingly and uniquely ever again. Sincerely - as a man I didn't know him, but as a performer I truly thank Mcgoohan for being the creative force behind such eccentric and thought provoking show. Even the much derided at the time finale stands up - I'm not convinced the show would have struck such a timeless chord if they'd revealed number 1 to be a James Bond bad guy. <p> Doubtlessly with this news the in the pipeline but still mysterious remakes will get the mainstream presses attention a bit more, but honestly I wish with this passing they'd just bury the lot and let it go.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Is He The Mcgoohan Referenced In High Fidelity?

    by Broseph

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Sad News indeed :(

    by MontyPigeon

    Shame as he was in probably the greatest television show of all time. :(<p>No one could and should not try to make a movie out of The Prisoner. You will not get it right, this man made it what it was.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Man oh man

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    We are loosing all the classic and classy actors and of those performing today, very few are capable of filling their shoes.<p> He is and will be missed for a long time.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    He Was a Number


    He was number 1 and always will be. Jesus Cavizel has some really really big shoes to fill.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Catch My Soul is a Shakespeare rock musical

    by filmfanatic1

    It was McGoohan's attempt to remake OTHELLO; some of the music is good, but it's just a valiant failure. He doesn't star in it, either. Better left forgotten. BRING BACK DR. SYN!!1

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Brilliant actor

    by DatoMan413

    Lot of people my age remember him from the Prisoner. It was one of the first shows I saw as a kid that you had to use your brain to pick up what was going on under the surface. McGoohan has done a lot of other things, of course, but his turn as #6, Dr. Ruth, and finally Edward the Longshanks stick in memory. Especially Edward; imperialistic, dangerous and ruthless, he truly worked it out in that role. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    This guy was the real deal.

    by Hercules

    He not only acted brilliantly in The Prisoner, arguably the finest and most influential British hourlong ever forged, he also masterminded the series. <p>Absolutely one of my favorite guys ever.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    A Personal Loss

    by Primogen

    Wow, this news really hit me. Not only was "The Prisoner" my favorite television series; it was also the inspiration for one of the best computer games I ever created. I owe my entire career to Mr. McGoohan. Be seeing you.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    The Prisoner is still fucking awesome

    by FamousEccles

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Should've won the Oscar for Braveheart

    by slder78

    "The trouble with Scotland, is that it's full of Scots!" <p>Royal Magistrate: "A most excellent idea, sire." <p> Longshanks: "Is it?!"

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    proof that we are devolving

    by bacci40

    prisoner came out in 66<P> the biggest tv show today is american idol<p> i rest my case<p> i wish mr mcgoohan had taken me with him

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Wallace has already killed the magistrate and taken control of t

    by RandySavage

    Longshanks is my #1 movie bad guy of all time... McGoohan brought the ultimate combination of royalty and villainy coupled with that incredible voice and smirk. <p> So many amazing Longshanks quotes from that film: <p> "Grant them prima nocte... first night."<p> "Arrows cost money. Use up the Irish, the dead cost nothing." <P>"I gave Mornay double his lands in Scotland, matching estates in Englad. Lochland turned... for much less." <P>"My greatness will be better demonstrated when Wallace returns to Scotland to find his country in ashes." <P> "I heard the word in France where I was fighting to expand your future kingdom. The word is, my son, that our entire norther army is annihilated. And you have done nothing." <P>"Who is this person who speaks to me as though I needed his advice." <P>That single portrayal has brought me a lot of happiness. Thank you, Patrick McGoohan.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by Phimseto

    That was a delightful immodest comment. Just out of curiosity, what game was it?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    This just in from ICE STATION ZEBRA...

    by Ambush Bug

    It's cold.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Wow. Thats depressing news.

    by TomHooligan

    He was so good in the Prisoner. That's all i really knew him from, but man, it blew my mind. At least he had a good innings though.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Another Bond/McGoohan Connection

    by Aquatarkusman

    He and Sean Connery both starred in Hell Drivers (1957); in this clip, McGoohan as an Irishman gives Connery the BUSINESS...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    best KNOWN

    by landosystem

    not best knows, proofreading is a dead art... even the first sentence. rip spelling.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Didn't he turn down Gandalf too?

    by TomHooligan

    Anyone heard about that or am i just imagining things?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    PRISONER reflects Britain today

    by filmfanatic1

    Cameras on every street corner, people willing to be watched by their govt, BIG BROTHER is filmed down the road from where THE PRISONER's interiors were filmed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Be Seeing You

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Hopefully not for a while though

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    There goes my good mood for the week

    by Dr Lizardo

    In 1968, I was 8 years old. That year I saw both The Prisoner (CBS summer replacement for the Jackie Gleason Show!) and 2001. Huge influences on me. I feel sucker-punched today like I did when Stanley Kubrick and Spike Milligan died. Crap crap crap crap crap.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    McGoohan holds the record

    by lynchmob17

    for the most appearances as the murderer on "Columbo" with 4(By Dawn's Early Light, Identity Crisis, Agenda for Murder, Ashes to Ashes). Best. Villain. Ever.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    be seeing you

    by simonnumbernine

    going to rewatch "fallout" now,also anyone who gets the chance should visit Portmerion in wales its great

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Delude yourself that people know him for "Prisoner"

    by JackRabbitSlim

    rather than the evil Longshanks in "Braveheart". Come on - even the geekiest of film geeks has to admit that Prisoner has a Q score in the negatives among the 30 and younger American crowd.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by bacci40

    fuck the 30 and younger american crowd...those fucks think that lost is all based on original concepts

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Cameo... Last role?

    by TheAD

    Apparently, in what may be his final role, he filmed a cameo for AMC's upcomming miniseries The Prisoner remake that I believe is due out in the fall.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Holy crap. I just read something about him an hour ago

    by BigTuna

    About the new "Prisoner" tv mini-series, and how he gave it his blessing.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    He's not dead, he's just on the island.

    by proton45


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    A real shame...

    by The_Skook

    Crap news. The man was an understated star and superbly entertaining to watch. RIP

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh!

    by Dead_Geek

    He was great in that roll. I wish they had done more of them. He will be missed in the house hold. A "Prisoner" marathon is in order. Good-bye #6. :(

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    no cameo

    by bacci40

    because of his health, mcgoohan was unable to travel to the remote to make the cameo...the bastards should have sent a crew to los angelese

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    He turned down not just Gandalf, but James Bond and Albus Dumbledore as well.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    a guess at Primogen's video game

    by ArcadianDS

    Myst always felt a lot to me like a sort of "Prisoner" video game.<p>My second guess would have been Bioshock whose story isn't at all like the Prisoner, but the concept of the main character that you portray has some very clear homage to The Prisoner as part of his storyline.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    no one has mentioned scanners

    by bacci40

    so i will...i only saw that movie cuz he was in it

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST


    by Primogen

    No, it was "The Prisoner" in 1980, and "Prisoner 2" in 1982.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    KHAN is gone, too...

    by Kaiser Soze

    MSNBC is reporting that Ricardo Montalban has died...KHAAAAAAAN!!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    WHAT!? NO!!!!!!!!!!!

    by A G

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    WHAT!? NO!!!!!!!!!!!

    by A G


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    The essence of cool is gone

    by Gelatinousman

    This makes me sad.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Boo Hooin' for McGoohan

    by harrys_site_sucks

    He is already missed. Scanners does rule. Great movie, great acting from Pat.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    This stinks

    by Mastidon

    RIP. Another great loss. Be seeing you indeed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    KHAN is gone

    by Sir Loin

    Where's the TB?! Man :(

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Primogen: no way!

    by ByTor

    I remember playing both on an Apple. Way cool.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Ricardo Montalban too?! Fuck that!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    This very well may be the worst day of geekdom ever!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by Toby Wan

    The Chrysler has Fine Corinthian Leather...RIP, Mister Roarke. Tell Tattoo I said, What's down, Cause he can't see what's up.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    what is it with islands and old dudes dying?


    seriously, who's next, Locke?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by Frank Black


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by MrFusion


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    D.Vader...ok, watchmen too

    by bacci40

    montalban too?? please god, take me now....09 is shaping up to be 08 redux<p> i hated fantasy island, but montalban was, is and forever will be known as the epitome of suave<p> the only thing that was missing in wrath of khan, was he and kirk meeting face to face....but we all know how that wouldve turned out...khan wouldve kicked kirks ass, and then fucked his ex

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Reckoner

    King Edward the Longshanks is gone! He was great in Braveheart: "Scottish nobles have rrrouted the English garrison and taken control of the kingdom." The way he rolls his tongue when he says rrrouted was awesome. He was the personification of evil arrogance in that film. Also, I remember him well in Escape from Alcatraz, especially the scene in which he finds the floating flower on the banks of San Francisco and knows Clint's character escaped successfully. The look on McGoohan's face was priceless. An underrated actor who will be missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by DatoMan413

    RICARDO MONTALBAN DIES?!<br><br>here we go again...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    ricardo: his skin was like corinthian leather


    it was time enough for him to go. he was chair bound in spy kids...i hate to admit, i already thought he was dead. everybody save your fantasy island jokes for the real ricardo talkback. also, don't forget he was in an '..apes' flick too.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    That almost seemed too easy. Apple 2 games, as I recall?<p> For a guy who wrote text adventures, I expect better grammar, bucky.<p> To the left is a dictionary. To the right is a Thesaurus. To the North is a hole in the ground.<p> )go North<p> You see Number Two.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Quien Es Mas Muerte?

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Mantalban o McGoohan?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    don't forget the tostitos commercials


    or was it doritos? i guess i forget.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    i shall wear my fake pectoral chest


    under a vest in honor of khan

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by vic twenty

    Knew it was coming, but it still sucks.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by Banzai Rootskibango

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!?!!???!!!???!!!??!! NOT MCGOOHAN!!!! THERE IS NO GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH!!!!!!!!! I'M IN AGONY!!!!!!!! WAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    I never forget a face....

    by SPECTRE007

    To the last, I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    The Prisoner is the greatest TV show ever made...

    by sonnyfern

    Once a year I watch every episode on DVD...just to keep myself sane. It reminds me that it's okay to be the different, crazy bastard that I am, that actually it's a good thing. That show is so mindblowingly good, deals with so much insanity that to this day every time I watch them I notice something new. It ages with me. It's a real bummer of a day for me.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Lets all yell to the heavens at noon tomarrow

    by eric haislar


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    death needs to take a holiday

    by bacci40

    at least till april...that is my decree

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Goodbye Khan

    by ScottinDC

    You were the man, Ricardo. KHAAAAAN!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    At long last

    by ByTor

    Khan is reunited with the rest of his former crew, including...his beloved wife.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by Pope Flick

    RIP....If you've never seen The Prisoner you are truly missing out.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Matthew Fox just called

    by ArcadianDS

    he said to tell death that whatever its demands are, he's ready to deal.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Be seeing you

    by smackfu

    If anyone out there HASN'T seen the Prisoner series yet from start to finish (it's only 1 season) will blow your mind apart...quite possibly the most intelligent piece of tv programming ever created

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    What's Next?


    Today is just a crappy day.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by mikeyone

    i am gutted.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I know something of those years

    by CerebralAssassin

    It was a time of great dreams, great aspirations.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    You are an excellent tactician, captain

    by CerebralAssassin

    You let your second in command attack while you sit and watch for weakness. Many prefer it more honest, more open.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Well that's a load of shit.

    by codymr

    McGoohan and Montalbán gone in one day... that totally sucks.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    where's the ricardo montalban thread??

    by luis1210

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    We offered the world order!

    by CerebralAssassin

    Excellent, excellent. But if you will excuse me ladies and gentlemen, I grow fatigued again.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    screw you death.

    by Purgatori

    How dare dare you. I am beyond fucking sad.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    McGoohan and Montalban...

    by 24200124

    Damn. Today just blows. Say it with me one time... "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I would like to see an article on Kahn

    by Arghh

    Please write an article on Montalban

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    A sad day for fandom...

    by CloneRangerUK

    ...I was a massive fan of the Prisoner growing up, was totally enthralling & unique. Guess Pat is now truly a free man as he goes to the big village in the sky. Absolutely mesmorising in that and the Columbo's he appeared in. Ricardo Montalban will be sadly missed too, loved his performances in the 2 x Planet of the Apes films, Fantasy Island & of course Space Seed & Wrath of Khan. Both will be much missed, feel absolutely sick & gutted by this double whammy sucker punch...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Open your heart! Will you open your heart?!

    by CerebralAssassin

    I intend to take this ship.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Where is the Ricardo Montalban Talkback?!!?

    by Han Cholo

    This is one of the saddest days in movie and geek history and there's no talkback for it? What gives?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Have you ever read Milton, Captain?

    by CerebralAssassin

    Legendary shit, yo.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    awww.... damn! RIP...

    by the milf lover

    One of my mom's favorite actors.. I used to watch reruns of his shows with her. I never got into The Prisoner, but I liked Danger Man. He was truly one of the greats.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Patrick McGoohan & Ricardo Montalban RIP

    by Arcangel2020

    How very sad that two really Great Hollywood Actors have passed away on the same day! Both were amazing actors and they both leave behind a pretty teriffic and significant Film and TV that will always be much appreciated by both Sci Fi and Non Sci Fi fans. They were both true Hollywood Icons that shall be missed!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    if the television show ever gets recognized as an art form

    by earlfist

    This guy is the D.W. Griffith of T.V. The Prisoner is that rare thing.... Entertaining Art. When I first saw it on Saturday Night re runs on London Weekend Tv I was, even as a boy struck by it's deeper levels. I was quite disturbed by it. McGoohan was a rebel, a visionary, and a great artist. Mr. Montalban also gone. The star of the first movie to make me cry..TWOK..he correctly summed up the the three stages of actorhood 1. Get me Ricardo Montalban 2. Get me a young Ricardo Montalban 3. Who is Ricardo Montalban? Both these guys, like the great and the good, stayed at stage one.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    why does not one obit note

    by bacci40

    that mcgoohan created the mini series?<p> he was forced to extend the prisoner from 7 epis to 17, because no one knew how to sell the show

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    If anything happens to Terry O'Quinn -- EVER -- but especially today, whoever is responsible will be destroyed. This is a promise. After McGoohan, Terry O'Quinn is one of the three icons I have left from my childhood.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    D.Vader...and gilligans island

    by bacci40


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    D.Vader...good point

    by bacci40

    so i guess it is poetic that mcgoohan and montalban passed at the same time

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    And now Ricardo Montalban too

    by Lang The Cat

    I just heard he died too.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    Mr. Lance Henriksen, good sir.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Class act

    by kafka07

    One fucking great actor, he will be missed! I definitely want to revisit the Prisoner series again soon.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Patrick and Ricardo, RIP. So who will be third?

    by kabong

    Howie Mandel? <P>

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    A great voice, now silent - a great force, now still

    by Movietool


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    True TV original and rock solid actor

    by G100

    A Visionary not afraid to do his own thing and fuck the lowest common denominator. He will be greatly missed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    OH NO. Ricardo and Patrick too? Horrible day.

    by theycallmemrglass

    Patrick was another god damn classy TV heavyweight with an enigmatic voice. Loved all his Columbo appearances too (I recall 4 different episodes, maybe there were more). Well 80 is not so bad age. Have to admit he looked quite frail in Braveheart and that was a decade ago. RIP Patrick

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    KHAAAAN!!! Ricardo Montalban is dead!

    by ricarleite

    And his sidekick Nick Nack killed himself decades ago as well! SAD!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Well, now who's gonna play Jacob?

    by Ravetin


  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Visited Port Meirion few months back

    by belasco_house

    a real Prisoner-geek pilgrimage. Awesome place. They sell giant balloons.. you can tie one to yourself and run along the beach

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Heaven just got a WHOLE LOT cooler today! :)

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    The coolest Secret Agent and the baddest Khan on the planet just strutted through the Gates...

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Hell Drivers

    by Shoegeezer

    Check that one out, a British trucker (or Lorry driver) movie with an amazing cast including Connery, Herbert Lom, David McCallum, Jill Ireland, the great Stanley Baker and others. McGoohan is the villain and virtually unrecognisable, really disappears into the part and absolutley terrifying.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Fuck You, Death

    by toxicbuddha

    It's HIGH time someone irrelevant, overrated and untalented bought it. I am getting tired of this shir.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Don't start that "comes in threes" horseshit

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Fuck you, you cave dwelling sky screaming prayer bellowing paranoid delusional superstitious degenerate. No wonder the world is fucked up, people believe in the stupidest shit.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by TooWhippy

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Arrows cost money. Send in the Irish.

    by V'Shael

    Great man.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    toxicbuddha, i'm with ya buddy......

    by CloneRangerUK

    ...Adam Sandler anyone?! Never found the guy funny, except Anger Management & that was because jack made it work!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    He's finally escaped the island...

    by BrokenHeath

    this island we call earth. R.I.P. to the creator of a unique work of the imagination that will live on through history.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Aww fuck now Khan is dead?

    by Stalkeye

    Death just couldn't wait to get started.and it's only the 2nd week of January.<p>Yikes!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    My god what a horrible double whammy!

    by tangcameo

    Khan and The Prisoner (aka my choice for Dumbledore)? Thank you Ricardo and Patrick for all your great tv and film. ...and to think I was watching Crime Street just a week ago.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6 p.m. CST


    by palewook

    damn it they killed khan, you bastards!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefe

    by JackBauer24

    His life truly was his own. RIP

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    d or numbered!

    by JackBauer24

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Will Number 6 make good on his promise

    by smackfu

    to come back and obliterate this place and us with it?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by theonecalledshoe

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    His King Edward the Longshanks in Braveheart is one of my favorite.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Judge Omar Noose

    by Jaka

    In 'A Time To Kill' is a good performance, as well.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Not The Island...

    by Hudson Cock

    that's a shitty Michael Bay movie. It's The Village! Not the shitty MNS flick. Also, the password is...the schizoid man!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Hell of a day...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Number Six and Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnn kack it, and so does my truck's starter. Fuck.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Aw Man, That Sucks

    by LaserPants

    Rest in peace, #6.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I thought Patrick Mcnee was dead for a sec

    by pokadoo

    Now i'm wondering if he IS dead! Rest im peace Number 6! I'll play Iron Maiden's 'The Prisoner' in tribute! And Rest in peace Ricardo! both of these are sad, shocking losses!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    he'll never see that Prison remake...

    by Maniaq

    RIP Mr McGoohan - your acting chops were superlative, no matter if you were playing the hero or the villain, but more importantly you did so much more for the medium BEHIND the camera and it is for this, that some of us will remember you most fondly.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by Maniaq

    I meant PrisonER

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    The human race is now much less talented.

    by drdoom_v

    Awesome in Braveheart and a prefect total prick in Escape from Alcatraz! And of course -- NUmber 6! Rest in Peace Patrick.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Worst news all year

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    THE PRISONER was--hands down--the finest, most original and brilliant TV series I've ever seen. <BR><BR> You will be missed, Number 6. <BR><BR>Be seeing you, chum.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    The problem with Scotland.....

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    is that haggis tastes like crap. This sucks. What next, is Patrick Swayze going to go?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Just recalled...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    McGoohan was my first casting pick for Gandalf in the LOTR films over a decade ago. I got a quick thrill when Jackson said early on in a pre-production interview that McGoohan was just the kind of actor he had in mind for G.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Kahn is dead and Harry is nowhere to be found???

    by RicardoMontalban

    Boy you guys at AICN have really dropped the ball on this one!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Genius, look in the top left corner

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    and the top ten posts.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    "I am NOT a number, I'M A FREE MAAAAAAN!!"

    by Billyeveryteen

    "...And my will is my oooowwwwen"<p>As is mine, thanks to your reminder.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    KHAN is NOT a Prisoner...

    by Billyeveryteen

    ...And now both are gone.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    He stayed commited to the same woman

    by DarthBakpao

    for 57 yrs.... anyone who can stay faithful to one woman for that long is my hero

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Great Actor

    by Cobbio

    My introduction to McGoohan was King Edward the Longshanks in "Braveheart." He brought such mesmerizing presence to such a world-class asshole that I tracked down and watched a few episodes of "The Prisoner."<p> Quality work, all around. Bravo and rest in peace.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Oops, got The Simpsons parody confused...

    by BrokenHeath

    "see you on the island", "once you get used to the druggings it's not so bad" and Homer stopping the bouncing ball protector by popping it with a plastic fork - "why did you think a plastic ball would be a good defence? - Shut up, that's why."...been awhile since I saw The Prisoner tv series. No way would I confuse it with Michael Bay's crap though, that's for sure.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    McGoohan Is Finally Pushed, Filed, Stamped, Indexed, Briefed, De

    by ericinwisconsin

    But he left with dignity.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Mantalban Never Understood Star Trek....

    by ericinwisconsin

    But he blew the Shat out of the quadrant with his superior acting talent.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by ericinwisconsin

    The Prisoner wasn't 20 years ahead of its time. It was 17 years ahead of its time. (Think about it.)

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    Help, my childhood is dying!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    "The Trouble With Scotland..

    by frakthetoasters that it's full of Scots!" Patrick McGoohan played a ruthless Edward the First Brilliantly. Rest in Peace.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    Has anybody ever seen online or been able to read a copy of McGoohan's feature film script for PRISONERS, the feature-film sequel to The Prisoner that took place 100 years later? Reading that right now might help me cope...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I actually knew Mr. McGoohan... a little

    by captaincosmos

    Back in 97 I started bartending at a little Tex-Mex joint in Santa Monica, and as the new guy, got stuck with the Monday lunch shift for about my first year. Well, at least 2 times a week, in the early afternoon, Patrick McGoohan would come by for one or two quick drinks. Well Vodka with a splash of OJ--no ice. Sometimes he'd slam it, and be out the door, but sometimes if it was a quiet day, he'd hang for a bit and shoot the shit with me. He was kind of a brusque, crusty Englishman, but still very classy, and seemed just as interested to find out about me and my life, aspirations, whatever, as he was happy to share andecdotes about his vast and varied life. Most people don't know it, but he was one of the hardest working and most sought aftr "script doctors" in Hollywood. He was always working on touching up a script, usually with no credit. He also really, really wanted to get a feature film of The Prisoner made, and at the time hoped that his friend Mel Gibson would play #6. Here's one last thing -- he once told me that back in the 60's he punched Mick fucking Jagger in the kisser for hitting on his wife at a London nightclub! True story. He actually seemed to take a lot of pride in that one. Okay, this is so far down on the talkback that I'm sure no one will read it, but I wanted to remember Patrick once again, and say we'll miss him dearly. He was indeed MUCH more than a number.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    Thanks for that. That's a great story...especially the Jagger bit. Love it.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    CaptainCosmos 2

    by eyeball22

    I agree with Mr Smith above, I love stories like that. Many people have had encounters with 'the stars' (myself included) and it’s those real world anecdotes, which help enrich a memory of someone who was a bit of a hero of mine as a kid. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Got to see him in action

    by SlamHound

    As a kid in the 60s I loved Spy shows more then kids shows, I loved the Prisoner, Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Avengers etc. In the early 70s I lived in Newport Beach, Ca. a family friend was the A.D. on Columbo and the show ended up using where I lived as a location, He asked if I would like to help out on the set for a couple of day's, of course I jumped on it, the episode I worked on was being directed by Patrick McGoohan, Robert Vaughn was the guest star, I was in Fan Heaven, but since I was working on the set I did not get much of a chance to talk much to them, Mr. McGoohan was a very serious director & the man knew his stuff, all in all a very cool time. RIP Mr. McGoohan

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    CaptainCosmos...nice story

    by bacci40

    shocked that he wanted a movie made of the prisoner...did he want to write and direct? cuz that is the only way any justice could have been done...and i could easily see him working as a script doctor

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST it

    by bacci40

    good show

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Sad, sad news...

    by Unknown Canadian

    I first saw The prisoner when I was 10...and it blew my fucking mind!!! 20 years later, it still does!!! Number 6 was the epitome of integrity. Stuck to his moral guns, no matter what those bastards threw at him. He will be missed. R.I.P. Mr. McGoohan.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    A tragedy! I'm gutted.

    by The Equalizer

    I was waiting for him to reprise the role in the Chris Nolan movie (if it goes ahead). By hook or by crook, it will!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 3:56 a.m. CST

    I hated HATED him in Braveheart

    by BendersShinyAss

    He should have got an academy award for his performance

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Thank you Patrick

    by Mr Gorilla

    Your amazing performances has brought me (& those close to me) so much joy. My thoughts to your family and friends. And to any talkbackers who have never seen THE PRISONER - now is the time. It's amazing - as good as serial telly gets.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:08 a.m. CST

    BendersShinyAss, when you hate the guy

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    so much that you start confusing the role with their real personality then you know they did a helluva job. That's why my wife hates Tim Roth because of Rob Roy.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    I am not Number One.

    by TheCap

    You were, Patrick.<br><br>Be seeing you, my friend. That is all.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    The Girl Who Was Death...

    by Twilight Zone Prisoner

    ...has taken a piece of my childhood. I enjoyed all the "Danger Man," "Secret Agent" and "The Prisoner" episodes when they came out and anytime I could catch them on reruns back when TVs had dials. Thankfully with DVDs, I'll be enjoying them for a long time to come. He was very intelligent, a great actor with an accomplished resumé and delivered 100% in his performances. A "professional" in more than just the roles he portrayed. Be seeing you, Mr. McGoohan.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I was all confused

    by MRJONZ72

    When I first saw the headline I was thinking that the guy from the Avengers had passed yes I now realized that his last name is MacNee. Anyway never watched the Prisoner..maybe a couple of times as a kid..but didnt realize I seen so many movies that this guy was in. R.I.P

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Same goes to Jason Patrick

    by DarthBakpao

    who played that asshole Tavington, i hated him so much everytime i see Jason Patrick i want him to die a horrible death

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Wait, that should be Jason Isaacs

    by DarthBakpao

    my mistake...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by earlfist

    Great story. I forgot to say that the man was a romantic, and worked at his fidelity. He triumphed where so many else fail.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by veritasses

    Another great one leaves us.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST


    by WriteFromLeft

    Well, your post may be far down the list, but I read it. And I'm glad you posted. About eight years or so ago I was on 3rd Street Promenade, during the day, and as I went around the corner on Broadway I saw a man and instantly thought: that's Patrick McGoohan! But as my brain was processing, I said to myself: but he's tall, and too thin, and bearded, and in Santa Monica instead of, I don't know, Europe, so it can't be Patrick McGoohan. But then I noticed this sort of tight, wily smile on his face, and thought: uh, that's Patrick McGoohan. But I couldn't be sure. After reading your post, now I'm sure, because I didn't know he lived here. The only thing is, is, I never got to talk to him.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Terry O'Quinn is next I promise you

    by ArcadianDS

    He's part 3. The connection is TV shows on an Island.<p> Although, I dont think anyone ever completely closed the 'threes' sequence after Bob Denver died, so maybe this is the long awaited 2nd and 3rd. Even so, someone keep an eye on O'Quinn.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Thats is called great...

    by emeraldboy

    acting. When actors can make you believe they are really vile. Jason Issacs is a great actor.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    ArcadianDS: Good try, but the Village wasn't an island

    by SpyGuy

    Check out the Village map at <p>Mountains to the north, west and east and the sea to the south. Also, in the last PRISONER episode, "Fall Out," The Butler drives a truck containing Number Six, Number Two and Number Forty-Eight that eventually ends up on a main British motorway.</p>

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    He Escaped

    by jaweekes

    He finally escaped. RIP

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Stop mentioning death and Terry O'Quinn!

    by I am the most horrible

    Jesus! I'm knocking wood so much I just heard my neighbor answering her front door.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    UPDATED!! He's still dead!

    by supertoyslast

    My point being that having 'updated' in red with two exclamation marks next to the obituary heading looks a little crass. The 'update' should have been a separate story (or at least lose the exclamation marks).

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    UPDATED!! Patrick McGoohan Is Slowly Decomposing...

    by SpyGuy

    An "Update" on an obit piece...Seriously? Especially about something already posted in the Talkback and on other sites that didn't fail to mention it last week?

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by Pope Flick

    I live near SM. What's the name of the place? I want to go by there for a vodka with splash of OJ. McGoohan = The Man.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    updated...i am merrick...and i dont do

    by bacci40

    my homework....well we already knew that

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    SpyGuy...couldve been an island

    by bacci40

    and dont use the maps given to the prisoner, or that final epi as proof of anything...many viewers of the final epi hypothesize that number 6 was indeed broken and never left the villiage...remember, muscat walks into number 6's flat, and the door opens in the same way that doors open in the villiage

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Good night, Mr. McGoohan

    by DennisMM

    Sleep well. And farewell to The Prisoner (never called "Number Six" in the scripts, never referred to as Six casually on-set, never treated as a number except by the warders).

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    So what was the prisoner about?

    by SpawnofAchilles

    it sounds cool but I cant really piece much together from the comments I read other then it sounds kind of like 1984. Can someone give me a synopsis without spoiling? Sorry if it's above somewhere but I'm not reading all that shit.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by SpawnofAchilles

    yeah I was hoping he had risen from the dead or was buried alive by accident or something...

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by DennisMM

    Why not just go to Wikipedia? <P> <P> A British spy resigns, for unstated reasons. He's gassed in his home and carried to a prison camp made to look like a Welsh holiday resort, where he is dubbed Number Six. All persons in The Village are referred to by number and none discusses her/his past. Which are prisoners and which are warders remains unclear. The commandants, all known as Number Two, try to break The Prisoner "by hook or by crook" to learn why he resigned. Freedom of speech, matters of identity and personal integrity and the weirdness that was the late '60s all come into play as The Prisoner defends himself and sometimes others from the invasive interrogation techniques used by his captors.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by most excellent ninja

    that was what went into my head. hahaha. updated, he's alive, we fucked up.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by SpawnofAchilles

    I don't need wikipedia because of buds like you, so thanks guy. That sounds wild, I'll have to check it out.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    and besides

    by SpawnofAchilles

    its more fun asking on here, that way I can usually expect some people to rip me a new asshole and others to provide helpful, insightful information, where else can you engage in such a rollercoaster of emotions from asking a simple question?

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by kafka07

    yeah I thought and hoped the update was gonna be that he's still alive ;-(

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    best episode ever

    by Fourthwall

    the one where they try to convince him, that he isn't him. Genius. Nice story cosmos. Be seeing you.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    The Prisoner

    by matineer

    at least in this poster's opinion rates with the original Star Trek, Outer Limits ,Twilight Zone and Doctor Who as the greatest genres shows of all time. And Mr. MacGoohan starred and created. Sad news.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by matineer

    Sorry for the error.

  • Since the series comes full circle with Number Six driving his car and he sees his own face under Number One's mask in "Fall Out," there is also the theory that Number Six was Number One all along. He could have suffered from Multiple Personality Disorder or could have simply imagined everything during his drive. <p>But if Six was broken, as you say, at which point in the series did it happen? And if he wasn't Number One from the start, then who was the original Number One?</p>

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I thought the update was- we all THINK he's dead...

    by Maniaq

    but really, he's been shipped off to some secret destination because he KNOWS TOO MUCH....

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    SpyGuy: They said it in almost every episode

    by Oknight

    At the very start "who is number one?" "You are, "Number Six" I have no words for my admiration for this actor/director -- he was truly number one in my book RIP, Free Man

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOO! He was a relative of mine!

    by Sepulchrave

    I thought he´s survive long enough to get a cameo in a Prisoner remake.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by closeencounter

    Mr. McGoohan.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Hey, Pope Flick

    by captaincosmos

    The place is called Marix Tex Mex. It's just off the PCH on Entrada Dr., right behind Patrick's Roadhouse (that little green breakfast place). At least I think it's still there. It's been a few years. Personally, I'd order a margarhita, but hey, it's your call.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Danger Man, The Prisoner, Scarecrow and

    by crankyoldguy

    heck, even the 3 lives of Tomasina while you're at it. Too bad he never was able to make the Prisoner film he wanted to do. PopBitch claims he lost the rights in a Poker game? He left us with one of the greatest TV programs ever, however short in episodes, and whole a lot more.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Thanks CaptainCosmos

    by WriteFromLeft

    People who live in Santa Monica thank you. I'm not sure if that place is still there, but I'll keep an eye out next time I do the Adelaide Drive stairs. And to think that Patrick McGoohan probably ate breakfast at Patrick's Roadhouse. Who knew?

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Are you going to run?

    by MACenstine

    Like the blazes, the first chance I get.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    A shining example...

    by workshed all actors/writers/directors/auteurs. There's obviously a lot of love here but one could argue that his self-imposed estrangement from the industry meant that, like Welles before him, we only saw a small glimpse of the man's genius and that the majority of his talent wasted away on cameos. I once spent a magic day in Portmeirion twenty years ago and writing this brings the memories flooding back (those bloody wasps outside the cafe!). Be seeing you..!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Cosmos -

    by Pope Flick

    actually, I'm going to have brandy, whiskey, vodka, Drambuie, Tia Maria, Countreau, and Grand Marnier. Be seeing you.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST

    PMG was the best. real class

    by blonde redhead

    in a town full of phonies and cheats. he will be sorely missed. always excellent in anything he did, even if the movie was crap--remember hysteria? brilliant in it. i remember him playing the bongos during that weird telepathic orgy VERY well. love you, mr. mcgoohan and godspeed. they broke the mold when they made you.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I hope Nolan tips his hat to PMG in the Prisoner film....

    by amrisharmpit

    Maybe a portrait of him on a wall in the Village or something. I'm sorry PMG will never get to see or take part in the Prisoner movie he tried so hard to make. Be seeing you, #6.

  • Jan. 20, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    The ONLY worthy adversary of Columbo

    by orcus

    Those eps rocked

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST


    by orcus