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BREAKING NEWS: And now Ricardo Montalban has died (1920-2009)

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…and now, in some crazy and sad coincidence, Ricardo Montalban has died on the same day as Patrick MacGoohan. According to legend, Aaron Spelling was watching repeats of “The Prisoner” on PBS in the mid-seventies, and while he didn’t care for the show itself, he liked a lot of aspects of it. “Fantasy Island,” then, started out as his attempt to build a show around bits he liked from the SF/Spy drama: The mysterious and always-classy #2 became Roark, the midget that was always following #2 around became Tattoo, “The Village” and its environs became Fantasy Island itself.

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BREAKING NEWS: Patrick MacGoohan has died (1928-2009)

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I’m stunned. I’m speechless. The biggest of my three role models from sixties – in many ways, my model of how to behave politically – has died.

Owing to bad planning on the part of his Irish parents, MacGoohan was actually born in New York, during a brief and ill-conceived attempt to improve their lot in life. It failed, and they moved back to Ireland shortly thereafter. Some years later, they moved to Ireland. After University, he got in to acting as a trade.

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