PATRICK McGOOHAN, 80
Actor starred in TV's cult classic 'The Prisoner'
Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show "The Prisoner," died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said.
But he was most famous as the character known only as Number Six in The Prisoner, a sci-fi-tinged 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small enclave known only as The Village, where a mysterious authority named Number One constantly prevents his escape.
His first foray into TV was in 1964 in the series Danger Man, a more straightforward spy show that initially lasted just one season but was later brought back for three more when its popularity - and Mr. McGoohan's - exploded in reruns.
Weary of playing the show's lead, John Drake, Mr. McGoohan pitched to producers the surreal and cerebral The Prisoner to give himself a challenge.
The series ran just one season and 17 episodes in 1967, but its cultural impact remains.