Through watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann, I’ve learned that today is Patrick McGoohan’s birthday! If you don’t know McGoohan, you should: he was the star and one of the driving forces behind The Prisoner television series, arguably the best and most challenging television series in history. The Prisoner is a series about a retired secret agent (“Number 6”) struggling to maintain his identity after being abducted to a mysterious prison for spies called “The Village.” Before The Prisoner, McGoohan played agent John Drake in the Bond-esque spy thriller Danger Man aka Secret Agent Man (I can play and sing a pretty darn good Secret Agent Man theme). He has also appeared in countless other movies, notably (to me, at least) as the warden in Escape From Alcatraz, sinister art dealer Roger Devereau in the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy Silver Streak, and King Edward I in Braveheart.
Happy birthday to Patrick McGoohan! Be seeing you!