Not a Number
Patrick McGoohan: A Life
by Rupert Booth
When Patrick McGoohan first hit UK screens starring as Danger Man in 1960 and as ‘No 6’ in cult show The Prisoner audiences were struck by his charisma. Industry insiders hailed the arrival of an enigmatic genius and Hollywood beckoned. But who was this man who had worked as a chicken farmer and bank clerk before becoming a hugely successful actor?
In this up-to-date biography, Rupert Booth reveals the true character of a man whose off-screen behaviour was as compelling as his fiery on-screen persona. Why was he so puritanical? Refusing to even kiss a woman for any part he played? Why was he so controlling over his work in The Prisoner and other productions?
A timely exploration of the man whose declaration ‘I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, de-briefed or numbered’ continues to resonate with audiences decades after it was first uttered with such conviction.
About the Author
Rupert Booth is an actor and writer living in London. He co-owns the production company Wildeyes TV and is currently working on several books in his spare time. In 2004 he co-wrote with Jon Blum, the first Powys Media’s series of Prisoner spin-off novels which was received to critical acclaim and he has been a fan of Patrick McGoohan since he saw the series.
“A genuinely good read and the author must be congratulated. Booth has a very warm writing style, and in telling a personal story of Patrick McGoohan and his devotion to wife Joan, sprinkled with film/TV along the way, he has approached the subject matter in a more attractive way than a simple “screenography” approach. As a result we do get a view on what sort of MAN he was rather than just what sort of ACTOR he was.” – The Unmutual