Patrick McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) was an American-born Irish actor, writer, and director who was brought up in Ireland and England. He began his career in Great Britain in the 1950s, and relocated to the United States in the 1970s. His career-defining roles were in the British 1960s television series Danger Man (US: Secret Agent) and the surreal psychological drama The Prisoner, which he co-created.
In 1955, McGoohan starred in a West End production of a play called Serious Charge in the role of a priest accused of being homosexual. Orson Welles was so impressed by McGoohan’s stage presence (“intimidated,” Welles would later say) that he cast him as Starbuck in his York theatre production of Moby Dick—Rehearsed. Welles said in 1969 that he believed McGoohan “would now be, I think, one of the big actors of our generation if TV hadn’t grabbed him. He can still make it. He was tremendous as Starbuck.” and “with all the required attributes, looks, intensity, unquestionable acting ability and a twinkle in his eye.”
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