Patrick McGoohan

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
This tall, blond, blue-eyed and charismatic leading man of the British stage, TV and films could have been one of the Western world's biggest movie stars. However McGoohan seemed unsuited for this role by both ... Read more »
Born: 03/19/1928 in Astoria, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Treasure Planet 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Billy Bones (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rafferty 1967 - 1969, 1977 - 1978, 1987 - 1988, 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prisoner 1967 - 1969, 1987 - 1988, 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Columbo: Ashes to Ashes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hysteria 1997 (Movie)

Dr Harvey Langston (Actor)

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Judge Omar Noose (Actor)

The Phantom 1996 (Movie)

Phantom's Dad (Actor)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

Longshanks--King Edward I (Actor)

Agenda For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend 1985 (Movie)

Dr Eric Kiviat (Actor)

Jamaica Inn 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Trespasses 1982 (Movie)

Fred Wells (Actor)

Scanners 1981 (Movie)

Dr Paul Ruth (Actor)

Kings and Desperate Men 1980 (Movie)

John Kingsley (Actor)

Escape From Alcatraz 1979 (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

Brass Target 1978 (Movie)

Colonel Mike McCauley (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

Roger Devereau (Actor)

Un Genio, Due Compari, Un Pollo 1974 (Movie)

Major Cabot (Actor)

Mary, Queen of Scots 1971 (Movie)

James Stuart (Actor)

The Moonshine War 1969 (Movie)

Frank Long (Actor)

Ice Station Zebra 1968 (Movie)

David Jones (Actor)

All Night Long 1963 (Movie)

Johnny Cousin (Actor)

The Three Lives of Thomasina 1963 (Movie)

Dr Andrew MacDhui (Actor)

Life For Ruth 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Quare Fellow 1961 (Movie)

Crimmin (Actor)

Nor the Moon By Night 1958 (Movie)

Andrew Miller (Actor)

The Gypsy and the Gentleman 1958 (Movie)

Jess (Actor)

Hell Drivers 1957 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

I Am a Camera 1955 (Movie)

Swede (Actor)

The Dam Busters 1955 (Movie)

RAF Police Sergeant (Actor)

The Warriors 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jamaica Inn (Movie)

Joss Merlyn (Actor)

Of Pure Blood (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Three Sovereigns For Sarah (TV Show)

Actor
Director (3)

Columbo 1967 - 1969, 1971 - 1978, 1987 - 1988, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Catch My Soul 1972 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

The Prisoner 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Source Material

Biography

This tall, blond, blue-eyed and charismatic leading man of the British stage, TV and films could have been one of the Western world's biggest movie stars. However McGoohan seemed unsuited for this role by both disposition and conviction. Back in the late 1950s/early 60s when he was a rising young actor on the West End London stage, McGoohan was offered the potentially star-making role of James Bond, Agent 007 on Her Majesty's Secret Service. He rejected the part on moral grounds fearing that Bond would be an unhealthy image for his daughters to see. The producers made do with a handsome young Scot named Sean Connery while McGoohan went on to gain some measure of international stardom playing a very different secret agent on British TV.

Relationships

Anne McGoohan

Daughter
Born c. 1959 mother, Joan Drummond

Catherine McGoohan

Daughter
Born c. 1952 mother, Joan Drummond appeared onscreen alongside her father in "Columbo: Ashes to Ashes" (1998), which he also directed

Frances McGoohan

Daughter
Born c. 1960 mother, Joan Drummond

Joan Drummond

Wife
Married May 19, 1951, between a rehearsal of "The Taming of the Shrew" married until his death in 2009

Thomas McGoohan

Father
Irish

Rose McGoohan

Mother
Irish

EDUCATION

Ratcliffe College

Leicestershire
Left school at age sixteen

Sheffield Repertory Company

Sheffield
Studied with Geoffrey Ost

Milestones

1996

Played the father of the title character (played by Billy Zane) in the film adaptation of "The Phantom"

1995

Returned to features to play King Edward I in "Braveheart"

1991

Starred in Masterpiece Theatre's production of "The Best of Friends" (PBS) alongside Sir John Gielgud and Dame Wendy Hiller

1990

Directed a two-hour "Columbo" movie for ABC entitled "Agenda for Murder"; won an Emmy Award for his guest role as a powerful attorney who commits murder

1985

Made Broadway debut in "Pack of Lies"

1981

Appeared in David Cronenberg's sci-fi horror film, "Scanners"

1977

Appeared in the NBC TV-movie, "The Man in the Iron Mask"; directed by Mike Newell

1977

Starred in the short-lived series "Rafferty" (CBS) as a former army doctor who has retired and moved into private practice

1975

Directed second episode of "Columbo" (NBC); also guest-starred in the episode entitled "Identity Crisis"

1974

American TV directing debut, a 90-minute episode of "Columbo" (NBC); also earned an Emmy Award for guest-starring in the episode

1973

Directed Richie Havens in a rock-opera version of "Othello" called "Catch My Soul"

1968

Created, produced and starred in the British series, "The Prisoner"; also directed and scripted several episodes (sometimes under a pseudonym); aired on CBS in the US

1968

Hollywood film debut, "Ice Station Zebra"

1964

Starred in a revival of "Danger Man" (expanded to an hour); rebroadcast in the US as "Secret Agent"

1962

Early film lead, playing a scheming drummer in "All Night Long"

1960

Starred in the British television series "Danger Man"; also directed episodes; aired on CBS in the US

1959

Enjoyed his greatest stage success in the title role of an acclaimed production of Ibsen's "Brand" as an uncompromising pastor

1958

First substantial film role, playing the sadistic trucker Red in "Hell Drivers"

1957

Early TV appearance, "The Hanging of Alfred Wadham," an episode of the British anthology series "Rendezvous"

1955

Feature acting debut, played the bit part of a RAF Police Sergeant in "The Dam Busters"

1955

Appeared in West End productions of "Serious Charge" and "Moby Dick"; played Starbuck in the latter, directed by Orson Welles

1948

West End (London) stage debut, played Rev. William Weightman in "The Brontes"

1948

Worked as a stage manager for the Sheffield Repertory Company

1948

Acted with the Youth Acting Centre at Sheffield Playhouse

1938

Moved with family to Sheffield, England

1928

Moved to Ireland with family at six months old

Acted in as many as five amateur theater companies

Evacuated to the countryside during WWII

Signed contract with the Rank Organization; appeared in bit parts and came to specialize in heavies

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