Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Ahh...growing up in the 60's & 70's
Patrick McGoohan, the creator and star of the late 1960s television series "The Prisoner" died yesterday after a brief illness, aged 80.
I loved that show! Gosh, when I stop to think of how many of my favorite entertainers have passed away during the past year...well, it's a bit disconcerting!
Just a few that have recently died:
Charlton Heston (Ten Commandments), Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke), Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show), Roy Scheider (Jaws) , Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Dick Martin (Laugh In), Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), Majel Barrett (Star Trek), Bill Melendez (Cartoonist~Charlie Brown) and just today...Ricardo Montalban of Fantasy Island.
It's like having a tiny part of yourself disappear. No, I didn't know any of them personally, but I did invest myself emotionally in their movie, stage and TV show personas. Some I even had a crush on...heck I was in my early to mid teens at the time. Who didn't go 'ga-ga' over one of the Beatles or a handsome leading man on the silver screen? Bonanza, Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Wild, Wild West to name a few were awesome shows! Their characters had scruples. You know: honesty, integrity and a dose of humour tossed in for good measure. There wasn't a gory murder scene or disgusting expletive appearing every 10 seconds. No obligatory nudity. Anyway, I digress....
I'm reminded of how quickly time passes with news like this. It's a gauge of my own mortality. OK...so that was depressing. Forgive my ranting, I'm getting old. LOL
****** "Be seeing you #6" ~ RIP Patrick ******