Saturday, January 17, 2009

RIP: A Man of Action ...

The last of my trio of celebrity deaths is a man who was soooooo much what I wanted to be when I was young ... a man 'who lived a life of danger' and who was so wonderfully cool about it.

"Patrick McGoohan, an actor who created and starred in the cult classic TV show "The Prisoner," died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 80 ..."
Read the rest of this story from CBS News/AP

McGoohan (at right, in a promotional photo from CBS) rode the crest of a wave of British television programs that crossed the Atlamntic to America back then, some of which were among the most creative products to light-up our television screens ... few, though, were quite as stimulating/challenging to the mind as McGoohan's "
The Prisoner," and none of them featured as cool a song as another McGoohan vehicle, "Secret Agent."

Here is a great appreciation of McGoohan and his career from Robert Lloyd, television critic for the Los Angeles Times.