Breaking: R.I.P. Patrick McGoohan

It's with tremendous sadness that I report the death of actor Patrick McGoohan. The news just moved over the wire a short time ago.

McGoohan, 80, died after a short illness, his family reported.

Of course, McGoohan was best known for his role as co-creator and star of "The Prisoner," the ground-breaking 1960s surreal sci-fi TV series from Britain. He wrote and directed many of the episodes of that series as well.

McGoohan had been a TV star in England before then with the series "Danger Man" ("Secret Agent Man" in the US). He reportedly turned down the role of James Bond after Sean Connery left after "Thunderball," and later turned down "The Saint," which would star future Bond Roger Moore.

McGoohan won two Emmys for his guest-star work on "Columbo" in the 1970s. He's probably most recognized to the younger generation of movie-goers as Edward Longshanks in the 1995 film "Braveheart."

He will be missed.