The acting talent of cult star Patrick McGoohan
is to be celebrated by the BFI with a season of his TV and film work.
Taking place throughout August this year, Patrick McGoohan: A Genuine Original
will see screenings ranging from the Armchair Theatre
episode The Man Out There
– which originally aired on 12th March 1961
and saw McGoohan playing a cosmonaut, Nicholai Soloviov, who is trapped while in orbit – to rare footage relating to probably his most famous and iconic role: that of The Prisoner
, which was first broadcast between September 1967 and February 1968.
Other gems will include two episodes from the 1960s series Danger Man
, in which he played secret agent John Drake, plus his stage appearance in the Ibsen play Brand
, filmed by the BBC and shown on 11th August 1959
The BFI said:
Patrick McGoohan's most famous role was undoubtedly as Number Six in The Prisoner but his career was more than just this one iconic role. This season will offer audiences the opportunity to reappraise an actor who famously turned down the roles of James Bond and The Saint.
Born in America but brought up in Ireland and Britain, McGoohan started his career backstage at the Sheffield Playhouse Theatre, and before long he was making on-stage appearances, proving to be a natural. During the 1950s, he appeared in several productions in London's West End, where he was spotted by Orson Welles
, who then cast him as Starbuck in his production of his self-penned drama Moby Dick-Rehearsed
at the Duke of York's Theatre in the summer of 1955.
McGoohan's first film appearance was as an uncredited RAF guard outside the briefing room in the 1955 feature The Dam Busters
, and he went on to appear in many movies, including the critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Ice Station Zebra
(also being shown during this season) in 1968, the 1981 sci-fi/horror Scanners
, and 1995's Oscar-winning Braveheart
Aside from Danger Man
and The Prisoner
, he starred in the TV series Rafferty
, in which he played a retired army doctor who had moved into private practice, and he had a lengthy association with the detective series Columbo
, for which he received two Emmys. McGoohan also received a BAFTA for an earlier appearance in the Armchair Theatre
anthology series. He died in January 2009, aged 80.
Tickets to all the screenings go on public sale on Tuesday 9th July