Danger Man: Remembering Patrick McGoohan
In the 1960s Patrick McGoohan starred as John Drake in Danger Man, and then as Number 6 in Danger Man’s unofficial spin-off The Prisoner, a surreal but iconic show that has gone down in cult-legend despite only lasting seventeen episodes. The success of Danger Man and The Prisoner led to McGoohan being offered the role of James Bond, however the actor turned down the offer, refusing to be typecast in spy roles.
An Emmy and Bafta award-winner, McGoohan starred in several Columbo episodes between the mid-70s and late 90s, and Peter Falk stated that the British actor was his favorite co-star in the detective series.
McGoohan played small but pivotal roles in films such as A Time To Kill, The Phantom and Mel Gibson’s Oscar winning 1995 film, Braveheart, in which he played King Edward. Other notable roles were in the 1960’s thriller Ice Station Zebra and a cameo in a 2000 episode of The Simpsons, in which he spoofed his Prisoner role.