Thursday, January 15, 2009

Never a number (1928-2009)

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At 8:49 AM, Blogger Victor said...

I was a fan of both Danger Man and Secret Agent when I saw the original airing of The Prisoner as a summer replacement series on CBS. Patrick McGoohan always impressed me with his cool passion and sardonic smile. As a kid, the two-part finale of The Prisoner so blew me away that I taped parts of it with my trusty audiocassette recorder. Now I own the complete series on DVD, but I still think back to its original airing and the impression it made on me.

It was great to see him in other films over the years, such as Ice Station Zebra, Silver Streak, Scanners and The Phantom (and just weird to see him in The Three Lives of Thmomasina). I'll miss that voice. I won't miss Dr. Roderic Gorney...

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Roderick T. Long said...

In addition to being a big fan of those two series when I discovered them in high school, I was lucky enough during my college years (early 80s) in Boston to see him live on stage as the government agent in "Pack of Lies." (The tickets were a very welcome birthday present.)

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Tom G said...

For readers who don't already know, AMC online is airing the whole 17 part series for free. I don't know how long AMC will make them available.

 
At 12:21 PM, Anonymous sunni said...

I didn't realize he played King Edward I in Braveheart until reading that in the news article I referenced at my place.

I was just a kid when I first encountered his shows on TV, but as Victor said, McGoohan's demeanor—especially his sardonic smile!—impressed me even when much of the content sailed over my youthful head.

 

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