Wellesnetters may wish to note the passing in LA of Patrick McGoohan, best known as Number Six in THE PRISONER, the Internationally popular Television series of the 1960's, and before that as DANGER MAN in another successful TV venue. But further back still, McGoohan, New York-born but reared in England and Ireland, had starred as Starbuck in Orson Welles' legendary 1955 production of Moby Dick Rehearsed.
As a teenager, McGoohan had gone into repertory theater in the big English steeltown of Shefield, and subsequently acted for a number of provincial theaters, eventually migrating to London's West End. When McGoohan starred in Serious Charge, a (then) controversial drama about a vicar accused of homosexual advances toward a teenager, Orson Welles signed him for Moby Dick Rehearsed. According to McGoohan's obituary in the London Telegraph, "Welles was to call him 'one of the big actors of his generation, tremendous, with all the required attributes, looks, intensity, unquestionable acting ability and a twinkle in his eye'"
At the risk of infuriating Todd Baesen and keats, by indulging in a "you had to be there" moment, I must testify to the truth of that evaluation, as I have in a memoir here on Wellesnet, and more recently in a slightly revised version which you may find on my Author Page (under another alias) at The Red Room:
It was a memorable evening, and I followed Patrick McGoohan's career from that time on, though I never thought that he did anything to equal his Starbuck after the movie version of Brendan Behan's THE QUARE FELLOW.