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Patrick McGoohan, R.I.P.


Patrick McGoohan
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As a writer, a director, an artist, and a class act individual of integrity and vision, he has been an inspiration for well more than half a century. And for many years he has been one of my few true personal heroes.

I have seen every production of his that I possibly could find, from his inspired and passionate Brand to his charming and tongue-in-cheek "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes." His work has made an incalculable impact on me.

I maintain that his masterpiece, The Prisoner, is one of the most imporant and influential, and to my mind the greatest, television series of all time.

He was a true and uncompromising original. Patrick McGoohan, Rest in Peace.

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eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
I loved him as the Scarecrow, too!

Sorry to share such sad news. :(
agentxpndble
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
:::cries:::

I just don't have words... It's such a huge loss.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Your email gave me a smile. Thanks for sharing this with me and understanding. *huge hugs*
greenhoodloxley
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Awww. He will indeed be truly missed.

*hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yes he will.

*hugs you back*

euclase
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I know what I'll be watching today. *gets out the wine for toasting*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
We had the very same idea, you and I. ;)
scribblerworks
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Aw.

I have always LOVED The Prisoner. It had a big effect on me (especially the "Hammer into Anvel" episode).

And I keep holding out the hope that Disney will eventually release an uncut version of The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh - the full three episodes, rather than the bastardized "edited down to a 'movie' length" version.

*sigh*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
I loved that episode. I can just hear him say "Disgust" as the sword point is held at his face.

I would love the uncut version of Scarecrow of Romney Marsh! Hopefully the sales of this latest release will induce Disney to offer the full version on DVD. *fingers crossed*
belleferret
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh that is so terribly sad. In case you didn't know, you can watch the full The Prisoner series online at
http://www.amctv.com/videos/the-prisoner-1960s-video/

It was indeed one of the best TV series ever.

They are making a new miniseries based on it to air later this year. Ian McKellen plays #2.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the link! I didn't realize AMC had put up the full series for viewing.

I wish McGoohan had lived long enough to see and comment on the finished production of the remake. :(

*hugs*

caster121
Jan. 14th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Goodbye, Number 6...
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
He's made his final escape.
theladyrose
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Beautiful tribute, and so very true.

I can only hope that his passing was peaceful and that he's in a better place now. He's left behind quite a legacy that many of us will cherish for years and years to come. Rest in peace, Patrick McGoohan. You will always be my hero.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I can only hope that his passing was peaceful and that he's in a better place now. He's left behind quite a legacy that many of us will cherish for years and years to come. Rest in peace, Patrick McGoohan. You will always be my hero.

What you said. :)
mackiedockie
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Aw. Damn.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
You said it.
vyrdolak
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I watched the first episode last night (I bought the set a few months ago) for the first time in 42 years. It was one of those shows that made a permanent effect on me with one viewing. Reilly, Ace of Spies was another (I also have that set).

And they both co-star Leo McKern! (Yes, I also have the Rumpole set). Was he ever in an Avengers episode?
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't know if he was... but I wouldn't be surprised. Leo McKern seemed to be involved with everything interesting, didn't he?

"Permanent effect with one viewing" is a good way to describe it. I've watched the series multiple times, but it only took one viewing for it to make an indelible mark.
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