'Prisoner' actor Patrick McGoohan dies in LA
By ANDREW DALTON – 16 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick McGoohan, an Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show "The Prisoner," has died. He was 80.
McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said Wednesday.
McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama "Columbo," and more recently appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film "Braveheart."
But he was best known as the title character Number Six in "The Prisoner," a surreal 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small village and constantly tries to escape.
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Two holywood royalties have passed away last week. Ricardo Montalban and Patrick McGoohan have gone on to the great stage in the sky and left behind large and storied bodies of work. They will be remembered by all. Despite both actors' successes on the silver screen, both were best known for some of their work on television – and the roles both were best known for took place on islands, Montalban having starred in Fantasy Island, and McGoohan in the sci-fi/spy drama The Prisoner. Neither would ever need payday loans, and both worked far into their later years. McGoohan had a role as the English king in Braveheart. Montalban was the villain in Star Trek 2 and recently had a role in the Spy Kids series.