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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Remembering Mr. Roarke & Number Six

On Wednesday, actor Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban died. McGoohan was 80 and Montalban was 88. Montalban was probably best known to people of my age as Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island. Every week he greeted a plane load of guest with "Smiles, everyone, smiles." He also was the spokesperson for the Chrysler Cordoba where he spoke of "fine Corinthian leather."

He also portrayed the villains Santine on Man from U.N.C.L.E and Khan on Star Trek and the movie Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan.

McGoohan was the star of the British spy show called Danger Man. In this country, Danger Man was called Secret Agent and had a theme song by Johnny Rivers. After Danger Man/Secret Agent, McGoohan played the same character John Drake as Number Six in The Prisoner. The Prisoner was a short-limited series which was almost psychedelic in nature. Before Danger Man/Secret Agent, McGoohan was in Disney's Scarecrow of the Romeny Marsh series.

In tribute to McGoohan, I've provided a link to Johnny Rivers performing "Secret Agent Man" on Late Night with David Letterman in the 80's (Good Grief Dave was young!). Notice that Paul Shaffer's keyboard arrangement is based on the Danger Man theme.

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