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Patrick McGoohan (1928–2009)


Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor and performed hundreds of times in small and large ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Prisoner
The Prisoner Number Six / Number Twelve
(1967-1968)
Escape from Alcatraz
(1979)
Braveheart
Braveheart Longshanks - King Edward I
(1995)
Columbo
Columbo Col. Lyle C. Rumford / Eric Prince / Nelson Brenner / Oscar Finch
(1974-2000)

Filmography

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 2002 Treasure Planet
Billy Bones (voice)
 2000 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Number Six
- The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (2000) ... Number Six (voice)
 1974-1998 Columbo (TV Series)
Eric Prince / Oscar Finch / Nelson Brenner / ...
- Ashes to Ashes (1998) ... Eric Prince
- Agenda for Murder (1990) ... Oscar Finch
- Identity Crisis (1975) ... Nelson Brenner
- By Dawn's Early Light (1974) ... Col. Lyle C. Rumford
 1997 Hysteria
Dr. Harvey Langston
 1996 A Time to Kill
Judge Omar Noose
 1996 The Phantom
Phantom's Dad
 1995 Braveheart
Longshanks - King Edward I
 1991 The Best of Friends (TV Movie)
George Bernard Shaw
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Attorney Oliver Quayle
- Witness for the Defense (1987) ... Attorney Oliver Quayle
 1986 Of Pure Blood (TV Movie)
Dr. Felix Neumann
 1985 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Chief Magistrate
- Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part III (1985) ... Chief Magistrate
- Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part II (1985) ... Chief Magistrate
- Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part I (1985) ... Chief Magistrate
 1985 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
Dr. Eric Kiviat
 1984 Trespasses
Fred Wells
 1983 Jamaica Inn (TV Movie)
Joss Merlyn
 1981 Kings and Desperate Men
John Kingsley
 1981 Scanners
Dr. Paul Ruth
 1979 The Hard Way (TV Movie)
John Connor
 1979 Escape from Alcatraz
Warden
 1978 Brass Target
Col. Mike McCauley
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
Dr. Sid Rafferty
- Death Out of a Blue Sky (1977) ... Dr. Sid Rafferty
- Walking Wounded (1977) ... Dr. Sid Rafferty
- The Will to Live (1977) ... Dr. Sid Rafferty
- The Wild Child (1977) ... Dr. Sid Rafferty
- The Epidemic (1977) ... Dr. Sid Rafferty
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
Fouquet
 1976 Silver Streak
Devereau
 1975 Un genio, due compari, un pollo
Major Cabot
 1971 Mary, Queen of Scots
James Stuart
 1970 The Moonshine War
Frank Long
 1968 Koroshi (TV Movie)
John Drake
 1968 Ice Station Zebra
David Jones
 1967-1968 The Prisoner (TV Series)
Number Six / Number Twelve
- Fall Out (1968) ... Number Six (uncredited)
- Once Upon a Time (1968) ... Number Six
- The Girl Who Was Death (1968) ... Number Six
- Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (1968) ... Number Six
- A Change of Mind (1967) ... Number Six
 1964-1967 Secret Agent (TV Series)
John Drake
- Shinda Shima (1967) ... John Drake
- Koroshi (1967) ... John Drake
- Not So Jolly Roger (1966) ... John Drake
- The Paper Chase (1966) ... John Drake
- The Man with the Foot (1966) ... John Drake
 1963 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 3 (1963) ... Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 2 (1963) ... Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (1963) ... Dr. Christopher Syn / The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
 1963 Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
Dr. Christopher Syn / the Scarecrow
 1963 The Three Lives of Thomasina
Andrew McDhui
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
The Interrogator
- The Prisoner (1963) ... The Interrogator
 1962 The Quare Fellow
Thomas Crimmin
 1962 Walk in the Shadow
Doctor James 'Jim' Brown
 1962 All Night Long
Johnny Cousin
 1961 Rendezvous (TV Series)
Gilbert Stoner / Father Hanbury
- The Executioner (1961) ... Gilbert Stoner
- The Hanging of Alfred Wadham ... Father Hanbury
 1958-1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Sjt Musgrave / The Prosecutor / Frederick Dyson / ...
- Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1961) ... Sjt Musgrave
- Shadow of a Pale Horse (1959) ... The Prosecutor
- A Dead Secret (1959) ... Frederick Dyson
- The Big Knife (1958) ... Charles Castle
- Disturbance (1958) ... Flint
 1960-1961 Danger Man (TV Series)
John Drake
- Deadline (1961) ... John Drake
- Under the Lake (1961) ... John Drake
- Find and Destroy (1961) ... John Drake
- The Dead Man Walks (1961) ... John Drake
- The Deputy Coyannis Story (1961) ... John Drake
 1961 Two Living, One Dead
Erik Berger
 1958-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Nicholai Soloviov / Jack 'Pal' Smurch
- The Man Out There (1961) ... Nicholai Soloviov
- The Greatest Man in the World (1958) ... Jack 'Pal' Smurch
 1960 Tales of the Vikings (TV Series)
Kreegar
- The Barbarian (1960) ... Kreegar
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Brand
- Brand (1959) ... Brand
 1959 Folio (TV Series)
Michael O'Riordan
- Iron Harp (1959) ... Michael O'Riordan
 1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mat Galvin
- Rest in Violence (1958) ... Mat Galvin
 1958 Elephant Gun
Andrew Miller
 1958 Television Playwright (TV Series)
James Coogan
- This Day in Fear (1958) ... James Coogan
 1955-1958 The Vise (TV Series)
Vance / Tony Mason
- Blood in the Sky (1958) ... Vance
- Gift from Heaven (1955) ... Tony Mason
 1957 Hell Drivers
C. 'Red' Redman
 1957 High Tide at Noon
Simon Breck
 1956-1957 Aggie (TV Series)
Jocko / Migual
- Cock and Bull (1957) ... Jocko
- Spanish Sauce (1956) ... Migual
 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Captain Valadon
- The Coward (1957) ... Captain Valadon
 1956 Zarak
Moor Larkin
 1956 The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (TV Series)
Sir Glavin
- The Outcast (1956) ... Sir Glavin
 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie)
A Serious Actor / Starbuck
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Seth Makepeace
- The Makepeace Story #1: The Ruthless Destiny (1955) ... Seth Makepeace
 1955 I Am a Camera
Swedish Water Therapist
 1955 Terminus (TV Series)
James Hartley
- Margin for Error (1955) ... James Hartley
 1955 The Dam Busters
Guard on Door (uncredited)
 1955 Passage Home
McIsaacs
 1955 The Dark Avenger
English Soldier (uncredited)
 1954 You Are There (TV Series)
William E. Gladstone
- The Fall of Parnell (December 6, 1890) (1954) ... William E. Gladstone
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Georg Büchner's play, "Danton's Death," at the Lyric Opera House in Hammersmith, London, England, in a 59 Theatre Company production with 'Patrick Wymark' (q), James Maxwell, John Turner, 'Fulton MacKay', Harold Lang, Peter Sallis, Lee Fox, Maxwell Shaw, Dilys Hamlett, Avril Elgar and June Bailey in the cast. Caspar... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 22 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Paddy Fitz | Joseph Serf

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Rafferty (1977)] a disaster ... the most miserable job I've ever done in my life ... a total frustration from start to finish ... The scripts [were] monstrous pieces of garbage, [with] no time to rewrite them ... There were too many people in charge and all passing the buck. I counted them. There were 11 people who thought that they were the 'creators' of this load of garbage. But you ... See more »

Trivia:

Played the same regular character (John Drake) in two different series of Danger Man: Danger Man (1960) and Secret Agent (1964). His The Prisoner (1967) character, Number Six, may also have been intended to be Drake (although McGoohan has always denied this while George Markstein, who co-created the series with McGoohan, continually said he was). See more »

Trademark:

Almost always played monstrously arrogant, egotistical characters See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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