Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) was an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He began his career in the United Kingdom in the 1950s, relocating to the United States in the 1970s. His career-defining roles were in the British television series Danger Man (US: Secret Agent) and the surreal psychological drama The Prisoner, which he co-created. During his career, he received two Primetime Emmy Awards and a BAFTA. He was of Irish descent.