What American/Irish actor turned down both James Bond (Dr. No) and Simon Templar (The Saint)?
Patrick Joseph McGoohan (19 March 1928 – 13 January 2009) was born in the USA and grew up in Britain and Ireland. He established his career there and became a popular actor. He acted both on films and on stage. Patrick's most prominent works include Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Danger Man (1964-1967), Scanners (1981) and Braveheart (1995).
Most people remember McGoohan for his roles in the 1960s British TV shows Danger Man (in the US it was retitled as Secret Agent) and The Prisoner, which he also co-created. Later the actor decided to move back to the States, appearing as murderers in four Columbo episodes. As the result, McGoohan won two Emmy awards.
McGoohan, being a devoted Catholic, turned down the role of James Bond in Dr. No on moral grounds. Anyway, the success of the Bond films is generally cited as the reason for Danger Man being revived. Before that happened, McGoohan spent some time working for Disney on The Three Lives of Thomasina and The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. After he had also turned down the role of Simon Templar in The Saint.