Joan Drummond McGoohan: Patrick McGoohan’s Wife

By | December 16, 2023
Joan Drummond McGoohan: Patrick McGoohan's Wife

Who was Joan Drummond?

Joan Drummond McGoohan is an Irish actress born in 1930. She is well known for her work in the entertainment industry and for being the wife of Patrick Joseph McGoohan, the acclaimed Irish-American actor, writer, and director. Joan and Patrick got married on May 19 of 1951, between a rehearsal and an evening performance of “The Taming of the Shrew,” a production in which both were casts.

During their time of marriage, they gave birth to three wonderful daughters. In the couple’s later years, they lived in Los Angeles, and Patrick continued his work in the entertainment industry while Joan Drummond McGoohan stopped. Besides the details above, only a few things about Joan’s life are known. Joan Drummond McGoohan died in 2009. However, the cause of death is unknown.

Joan was an actress by profession. Her career details are not extensively known to the public. However, she mentions that she met Patrick McGoohan at the Sheffield Repertory, where they both worked. Details about her acting career have yet to be well known because it was cut short due to her willingness to sacrifice that career for the sake of family life.

Joan Drummond McGoohan was a mother of three girls

The couple married in 1951, and together, Joan and Patrick McGoohan gave birth to three daughters: Frances in 1960, Anne in 1959, and Catherine on May 31, 1952. Anne and Catherine went into theatre, following in their father’s footsteps. Catherine McGoohan is the eldest of all three girls and the most successful in the entertainment industry.

Several movies and TV shows featured McGoohan, including Elizabethtown, General Hospital, The Girl Next Door, Something’s Gotta Give, and Gilmore Girls. In the 1998 film Columbo: Ashes to Ashes, which her father also directed, she starred with him. She had lived in Britain and Switzerland before relocating to the United States in the late 1960s with her parents and sisters. She has two kids and a grandchild; she is wed to film producer Cleve Landsberg.

Joan Drummond McGoohan’d Husband: Patrick McGoohan

Joan Drummond McGoohan is married to Irish-born Patrick Joseph McGoohan, who worked as an actor, director, screenwriter, and producer of theater, television, and motion pictures. He passed away on January 13, 2009. He was reared in Ireland and England after being born in New York City to Irish parents. He started his professional career in England in the 1950s and rose to fame as secret agent John Drake on the ITC spy show Danger Man (1960–1968). Then, from 1967 to 1968, he produced and wrote the television series The Prisoner (1967–1968), in which he played Number Six, an anonymous British intelligence operative kidnapped and imprisoned in an enigmatic seaside hamlet.

Patrick Joseph McGoohan, the son of Irish Catholic immigrants Thomas and Rose McGoohan, was born on March 19, 1928, in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York City. The family returned to Ireland shortly after he was born, settling in the Mullaghmore area of Carrigallen, southeast of County Leitrim. They moved to Sheffield, England, and lived there seven years later.

McGoohan went to Sheffield’s St. Marie’s, St. Vincent’s, and De La Salle College. He was moved to Loughborough during World War II and attended Ratcliffe College alongside future actor Ian Bannen. Joan Drummond McGoohan’s husband, Patrick McGoohan, excelled in math and boxing but dropped out of school at 16 to work as a truck driver, bank clerk, and poultry farmer in Sheffield before landing a position as stage manager for Sheffield Repertory Theatre. As an actor, McGoohan filled in for a sick actor, which launched his acting career.

On May 19, 1951, Patrick McGoohan married actress Joan Drummond. Among their three kids was Catherine McGoohan. They resided in a remote, isolated home on the Ridgeway in Mill Hill, London, throughout the 1960s. In the middle of the 1970s, they made their home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades. At age 80, Joan Drummond McGoohan’s husband, Patrick McGoohan, passed away in Santa Monica, California’s Saint John’s Health Center on January 13, 2009. His family did not disclose the reason for his death; they mentioned a “short illness.”

 Two biographies of McGoohan were released by Supernova Books in 2011 and Tomahawk Press in 2007.