Prisoner Star McGoohan Dead at 80

British actor also created and produced '60s TV cult classic
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2009 2:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Emmy Award-winning actor Patrick McGoohan, who starred in 1960s TV shows The Prisoner and Secret Agent, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. The veteran British character actor, who appeared in Braveheart as the villainous, scene-stealing King Edward Longshanks, was 80. In its 17-episode run, The Prisoner, which McGoohan created, became an influential cult classic.

Portraying a former spy stripped of his identity and known simply as "No. 6," McGoohan carried The Prisoner, which has held up so well that AMC is in the process of producing a remake. The Times once called the British import an "espionage tale as crafted by Kafka." In 2000, McGoohan reprised the role ... on an episode of The Simpsons.