January 14th, 2009

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

RiP Patrick McGoohan 1928 - 2009

When I was young,
Patrick McGoohan was "Secret Agent Man" and became "The Prisoner." With the exception of a few "Columbo" episodes, the actor seemed to enjoy portraying a suave villain in flicks like "Silver Streak" and Clint Eastwood's rival in "Escape from Alcatraz." Even though the actor was in his late sixties, Patrick McGoohan was a strong adversary to challenge Mel Gibson's "Braveheart."

"The Prisoner" was Patrick McGoohan's creation. This 17 part series is fun to watch and each episode was thought provoking. The last episode was deliberately confusing but was fun to watch and features a Beatles song.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

RiP Uncle Ricardo

Due to the almost similar spellings our our last names, it has always been a family joke that Ricardo Montalban was a distinct relative. There is a family resemblance especially between Uncle Ricardo and Uncle Paul.

Without "Star Trek" and "Fantasy Island," Richardo Montalban would have had an impressive resume.
From what I have read and heard, everybody seemed to have liked Ricardo Montalban. Even though Montalban's Kahn Noonian Sighn was Captain Kirk's best rival in "Star Trek," in real life, the cast and crew seemed to have preferred working with Montalbano over William Shatner.

In 1998, Pope John Paul II made him a Knight Commander of St. Gregory, the highest honor bestowed upon non-clergy in the Roman Catholic Church. He married Loretta Young's sister and was happily married for 63 years until her death last year.

Despite the fact that he never obtained citizenship, Ricardo Montalbano is an American icon.