/Vale – Patrick McGoohan

Vale – Patrick McGoohan

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Patrick McGoohan - 1928-2009

Hi folks,

Well, they keep dropping, don’t they. Found out this morning that one of my favourite screen villains has dropped off the perch. Patrick McGoohan, who most will remember from his dazzling turn as Edward the Longshanks from Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, has passed away.

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McGoohan as Edward Longshanks, in Mel Gibson's epic Braveheart.

McGoohan starred as number 6 in the television series The Prisoner, back during the 60’s, for which he became quite famous. Alongside his major role in Braveheart, other feature films he appeared in included Ice Station Zebra, Silver Streak, and Escape From Alcatraz. McGoohan came to my own, rather naive film appreciation in Braveheart, as I suspect he did to most of my generation, and it is in this role that I most strongly identify.

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McGoohans character in The Prisoner is echoed in The Simpsons.

Patrick McGoohan was 80 years old.

Vale, Mr McGoohan.

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Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney's keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them. Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.