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Also Known As: Joseph Serf, Patrick Joseph Mcgoohan, Archibald Schwartz, Paddy Fitz Died: January 13, 2009
Born: March 19, 1928 Cause of Death: undisclosed illness
Birth Place: Astoria, New York, USA Profession: director, actor, screenwriter, stage manager, chicken farm manager, steel mill worker, wire rope factory worker, bank employee

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998) Director
3.
  Agenda For Murder (1990) Director
4.
  Catch My Soul (1973) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Treasure Planet (2002) Voice Of Billy Bones
2.
 Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998) Eric Prince
3.
 Hysteria (1997) Dr Harvey Langston
4.
 Time to Kill, A (1996) Judge Omar Noose
5.
 Hysteria (1996)
6.
 Phantom, The (1996) Phantom'S Dad
7.
 Braveheart (1995) Longshanks--King Edward I
8.
 Agenda For Murder (1990) Oscar Finch
9.
 Of Pure Blood (1986) Dr Felix Neumann
10.
 Baby ... Secret Of The Lost Legend (1985) Dr Eric Kiviat
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1928:
Moved to Ireland with family at six months old
1938:
Moved with family to Sheffield, England
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Evacuated to the countryside during WWII
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Acted in as many as five amateur theater companies
1948:
Worked as a stage manager for the Sheffield Repertory Company
1948:
Acted with the Youth Acting Centre at Sheffield Playhouse
1948:
West End (London) stage debut, played Rev. William Weightman in "The Brontes"
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
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Signed contract with the Rank Organization; appeared in bit parts and came to specialize in heavies
1957:
Early TV appearance, "The Hanging of Alfred Wadham," an episode of the British anthology series "Rendezvous"
1958:
First substantial film role, playing the sadistic trucker Red in "Hell Drivers"
1959:
Enjoyed his greatest stage success in the title role of an acclaimed production of Ibsen's "Brand" as an uncompromising pastor
1960:
Starred in the British television series "Danger Man"; also directed episodes; aired on CBS in the US
1962:
Early film lead, playing a scheming drummer in "All Night Long"
1964:
Starred in a revival of "Danger Man" (expanded to an hour); rebroadcast in the US as "Secret Agent"
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"
1973:
Directed Richie Havens in a rock-opera version of "Othello" called "Catch My Soul"
1974:
American TV directing debut, a 90-minute episode of "Columbo" (NBC); also earned an Emmy Award for guest-starring in the episode
1975:
Directed second episode of "Columbo" (NBC); also guest-starred in the episode entitled "Identity Crisis"
1977:
Starred in the short-lived series "Rafferty" (CBS) as a former army doctor who has retired and moved into private practice
1977:
Appeared in the NBC TV-movie, "The Man in the Iron Mask"; directed by Mike Newell
1981:
Appeared in David Cronenberg's sci-fi horror film, "Scanners"
1985:
Made Broadway debut in "Pack of Lies"
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
1991:
Starred in Masterpiece Theatre's production of "The Best of Friends" (PBS) alongside Sir John Gielgud and Dame Wendy Hiller
1995:
Returned to features to play King Edward I in "Braveheart"
1996:
Played the father of the title character (played by Billy Zane) in the film adaptation of "The Phantom"
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Education

Ratcliffe College: -
Sheffield Repertory Company: -

Notes

"Film's biggest acting asset is McGoohan, who gives his scenes that elusive 'star' magnetism, a portent of a brilliant career ahead in international filmmaking. In looks and dashing manner not unlike Louis Hayward, and in delivery and inflection reminiscent of the late Charles Laughton. McGoohan is a most accomplished actor with a three-dimensional presence all his own." --From review of "Ice Station Zebra", Daily Variety, October 23, 1968

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wife:
Joan Drummond. Actor. Married May 19, 1951.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Thomas McGoohan. Irish.
mother:
Rose McGoohan. Irish.
daughter:
Catherine McGoohan.
daughter:
Anne McGoohan.
daughter:
Frances McGoohan.
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