Patrick McGoohan acts in the sense of acting as we know it in an everyday sense of performing, but his acting is not like as we see on the tv screens daily, his performances are like they are actually happening right now, in the real life. He performs with such conviction that you are perennially blown away! Amazing intuitive performer.
I agree with the conclusion, but for a completely different reason. I think he's so riveting to watch not because he's being so natural but because he's being so theatrical - there's always something going on inside him, even when he's standing stock still.
I wouldn't say he's the greatest actor ever, but he does keep you glued to the screen. Even in a nothing role like The Phantom's father in Billy Zane's 1996 film, he is delightful, especially his opening and closing voice overs. Or even in Clint Eastwood's Escape From Alcatraz as the stone faced warden. Whatever the man does, Patrick McGoohan is a man for tv and movie viewers of all generations. By the way, for those who don't know, he was only raised in England, he was born on my home turf "New York City".:-)
I had a nasty moment with him in Durban, while he was making "Nor the Moon by Night". He was drunk enough to think I was putting him down, and so drunk he almost fell over. He is a very tall, and introvert. His acting is highly mannered, and quite brilliant, but the danger always showed through..even in his much loved tv series. Cy Endfield used him to great effect in "Hell Drivers", and shared my opinion of his powerful off screen personality.
No, his arm was not broken. He broke it when a film truck turned over. Yes, I did meet Belinda Lee. She was spectacular, with long straight brown hair which she brushed constantly. I fell madly in love, star struck, and she ignored me. (I was a young radio actor at the time) Several friends got parts in the movie.
Belinda Lee was killed in a car crash soon after the picture was finished. We used several of the British "Moon"crew in our Zulu production in 1964