Patrick McGoohan: Birthday

American-Irish actor and director
Born: March 19, 1928
Died: January 13, 2009

Patrick McGoohan (1928–2009) was a highly acclaimed Irish-American actor, director, and screenwriter, renowned for his compelling performances and innovative contributions to television and film. Born in New York City to Irish immigrant parents, McGoohan began his acting career on stage before transitioning to television and film.

He gained international fame for his iconic role as Number Six in the groundbreaking television series “The Prisoner” (1967–1968), which he co-created and starred in. The series, with its surreal narrative and psychological depth, solidified McGoohan’s reputation as a visionary actor and storyteller.

Throughout his career, McGoohan appeared in numerous films and television shows, showcasing his versatility and range as an actor. Notable roles include his portrayal of King Edward Longshanks in “Braveheart” (1995) and his Emmy-winning performance in the miniseries “Columbo: By Dawn’s Early Light” (1974).

In addition to acting, McGoohan also found success as a director and screenwriter, with credits including the film “The Prisoner” (1977) and episodes of “Columbo” (1971–1978).

His legacy continues to inspire generations of actors and filmmakers, as his work remains celebrated for its intelligence, originality, and enduring relevance. Patrick McGoohan’s contributions to the entertainment industry have left an indelible mark, solidifying his status as one of the most influential figures in television and film history.

Patrick McGoohan’s 5 most popular quotes

  • I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own.
  • The greatest evil that one has to fight constantly, every minute of the day until one dies, is the worst part of oneself.
  • Your village may be different from other people’s villages, but we are all prisoners.
  • Questions are a burden to others; answers are a prison for oneself.
  • You can’t totally rebel; otherwise, you have to go live on your own, on a desert island. It’s as simple as that.
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