Prisoner's Patrick McGoohan is dead at 80

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show The Prisoner, has died, the Associated Press reported. He was 80.

McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, told the AP.

McGoohan, who had a long career in film and TV, was perhaps best known to sci-fi fans as the character known only as Number Six in The Prisoner, the 1960s British series that he also produced and created.

McGoohan came up with the concept and wrote and directed several episodes of the show, which has kept a devoted following in the United States and Europe for four decades. It is being turned into a miniseries by AMC, which will air later this year.

The series ran just one season and 17 episodes in 1967, but its cultural impact remains.
McGoohan voiced his Number Six character in an episode of The Simpsons in 2000.

"His creation of The Prisoner made an indelible mark on the sci-fi, fantasy and political thriller genres, creating one of the most iconic characters of all time," AMC said in a statement Wednesday. "AMC hopes to honor his legacy in our re-imagining of The Prisoner."