Actor Patrick McGoohan, who created and starred in the cult classic TV show The Prisoner, died Tuesday in LA at the age of 80, reported the Associated Press.

McGoohan's son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg said Wednesday the actor died after a short illness.

McGoohan won two Emmys for Columbo and more recently appeared in 1995 Mel Gibson film Braveheart.

He was best known in the surreal 1960s British series The Prisoner, as character Number Six, which a former spy is held captive in a small village and constantly tries to escape.