Friday, January 16, 2009


As I was working on my Hat Squad tributes to Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban, I noticed a few similarities - starting with the obvious:

Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban both died this week, within hours of each other.

Both men were Catholic and sometimes applied their beliefs into their work.

Each actor was best known for two roles on TV - McGoohan for Number 6 of 'The Prisoner' and 'John Drake' of 'Secret Agent'; Montalban for Khan of 'Star Trek' and Mr. Roarke of 'Fantasy Island'.
Both played murderers on 'Columbo', a most sought after acting job in its day.

Both appeared in theatrically released movies as their TV characters. Montalban in "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan" and McGoohan in "Koroshi" as John Drake (although this was actually two episodes of the series stitched together).

Death has a strange way of dabbling in coincidences. For example, it was announced today that renowned artist Andrew Wyeth passed away. And just a few days ago, Leonard E.B. Andrews also passed away - he made his name in the art world by buying up hundreds of the paintings Wyeth did of the woman known as "Helga".

On last night's 'Smallville', it was said that the universe is made up of coincidence......

Can you think of any more for Montalban and McGoohan?

Toby O'B

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