: [when he and McGoohan's mother emigrated to the US]. My father had 10 shillings in one pocket and a change of collar in the other.
Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era.
His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue.
He was an avid stage actor and performed hundreds of times in small and large productions before landing his first TV and film roles.
During the 1970s, he appeared in four episodes of the TV detective series "Columbo," for which he won an Emmy Award. His film roles lapsed from prominence until his powerful performance as King Edward I (Longshanks) in Mel Gibson's production of Braveheart.