Actor, Director, Producer. He is remembered for his 1960s TV roles as 'John Drake' in "Danger Man" (1960 to 1961), "Secret Agent" (1964 to 1967, also as 'John Drake') and as 'Number 6' in the classic, cult series "The Prisoner" (1967 to 1968). He was born Patrick Joseph McGoohan in Astoria, New York to parents of Irish descent. During his early childhood, he moved with his family to Ireland and later England where he attended Ratcliffe College and studied Mathematics while becoming an avid boxer. Following graduation, he found work as a bank clerk and chicken farmer, before becoming a theatre stage manager. It was during the later, when he filled in for a performer who was ill and it would be from this experience which sparked his interest in acting. He worked his way on to British television and made his big screen debut in the film "Passage Home" (1955) and followed this with "High Tide at Noon" (1957) and "Hell Drivers" (1957). It would be the role of 'M9/NATO British Agent John Drake' which secured McGoohan's stardom in England and later the United States. McGoohan was initially offered the role of 'James Bond' before Sean Connery. However, he turned it down due to the character's promiscuous behavior which he felt was a betrayal to his wife. He established himself an international star with the films "Walk in the Shadows" (1962) and the Disney films "Doctor Syn Alias the Scarecrow" (1963) and the heart warming "The Three Lives of Thomasina" (1964). He revived the role of 'John Drake' in the updated and revamped TV series "Secret Agent" which was further popularized by Johnny Rivers' 1966 recording "Secret Agent Man" for the United States' opening credits version of the series. After the show's run ended in 1967, he focused on the TV series "The Prisoner" (which had began filming in 1966), a resigned British agent who was kidnapped and taken to a remote island where he was assigned the name "Number 6" and valuable information was attempted to be extracted from his mind in various ways with the hero prevailing at the end of each episode. The catchphrase "Be seeing you!" was made popular from the series. McGoohan was highly hands-on with the project, serving as scriptwriter, director and executive producer, in addition to being the star. Over the decades, the show achieved a cult following. He co-starred in the action adventure "Ice Station Zebra" (1968) and had further film credits with "The Moonshine Wars" (1970) and "Mary Queen of Scots" (1971). In 1974, he made his first of four appearances as a villain in the TV series "Columbo" and went on to win two Emmy Awards from the show. In addition, he directed a few episodes of "Columbo." Also during the decade, he directed the feature film "Catch My Soul" (1974), played the villain in the film "Silver Streak" (1976), starred playing a doctor in the short-lived TV series "Rafferty" (1977) and was the sinister warden in the Clint Eastwood picture "Escape From Alcatraz" (1979). He went on to play the doomed scientist in the Canadian cult horror film "Scanners" (1981) and starred on Broadway for the only time in the production "Pack of Lies" (1985) which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination. He had a notable role as "Longshanks- King Edward I" in "Braveheart" (1995). Among McGoohan's final credits was his revival of 'Number 6' in an episode of "The Simpsons" titled "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" (2000). He married Joan Drummond in 1951 and remained with her until his death. Their marriage produced three daughters of which one, Catherine McGoohan became an actress.
Bio by: C.S.