I'm sick of the deaths in Gaza (Hamas and the current Israeli gov't need to just duke it out on a previously deserted island so that the civilians can, oh, LIVE. Chances are the island would be bigger than their current battleground) but I wanted to say personal goodbyes to a few people I never met but have known since childhood.
I'd seen you in several things but of course The Prisoner affected me greatly. My dad introduced it to me at an early age so one of my strongest memories are those closing credits with the bicycle. We watched the pilot episode in a college class once (so that the professor could follow Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on his radio...you know who you are!) and a few at Viz during lunch breaks. Only recently I worked through all of the episodes in order including the finale, which unlike everyone else, is my favorite!
Oh man, what were you NOT in? More than just cult classics such as Fantasy Island, Star Trek, and Planet of the Apes (yeah, this is my blog so shut up!), you were a delightful surprise when you guest-starred on other shows. Very recently I watched you in Border Incident which is one of the best noir films I've seen and had me shaking my head at what has changed and not changed in relations between the US and Mexico. Your acting made that film!
Sir John Mortimer:
Thanks for Rumpole of the Bailey, which I never understood as a small kid but watched it for how soothing it was. Now that I'm MUCH older I look forward to revisiting the series with a better grasp of the English language! And here's a picture of the one I personally refer to as 'She Who Must Be Obeyed:'