Craig L (blipvert) wrote,
Craig L

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RIP Patrick McGoohan, 1928 - 2009

 One of my childhood heroes died yesterday. More information is here.

I first encountered The Prisoner at the age of 13. Scanning through television stations late one night in order to avoid revising for an exam, I happened across the episode A Change of Mind, which in fact blew my mind. I can't recall whether I passed the test or not, but I had a new obsession. Back then in the pre-Internet stone age, finding information on a show that few people in my town had ever heard of was quite a challenge, and even the public library was little help, so I went to the one place I was certain to find answers: my local comic book shop. By the end of that summer I had seen most of the episodes and had even gotten my hands on a few issues of Six Of One. I felt as if a whole new world had been opened to me.

Patrick McGoohan, I am ever grateful for what you gave to my life. You led me to think and to challenge the assumptions of society, and to understand that the true prison is the one each of us makes for ourselves. And now you are gone from the world but always in my memories. Be seeing you, Number Six!

Although popularly considered a British actor, Patrick McGoohan was actually born in Queens, New York to Irish parents, and had lived since 1973 in Los Angeles, California.

He was offered the role of James Bond before it was given to Sean Connery, but turned it down because he found the character of Bond morally offensive.

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