I guess when we were younger we all had our celebrity crushes, either actors or singers. I was reminded of one of my very first a couple of days ago while rediscovering the classic Gerry Anderson live action TV series “UFO” from 1969.
I was watching “The Square Triangle”, one of the best episodes, where a woman and her manipulative and caddish lover plot to murder her husband and make it look like an accident. The episode is about a stranded alien who stumbles into this complicated triangle and gets shot instead of the husband. There is a scene where the lover comes out of the shower dripping wet – “good lord, it’s Patrick Mower”, I cried and the memories came flooding back.
Patrick was a regular guest star throughout the 60s in all sorts of British TV shows, playing the ruggedly handsome bad boy. This was long before I even realised that I was gay (I was only 9 years old when I first saw the “UFO” episode) but I was always drawn to him. During the 70s he had regular roles in such shows as “Callan” (my father always watched this so I had an excuse to watch it too), “Whodunnit?” (as a panellist on a game show hosted by Jon Pertwee), “Special Branch” and starring in his own show “Target”. Here is Patrick in a clip from “Callan” – he appears in the first 50 seconds and is the one dressed in the glorious fur coat.
Although I didn’t know why at the time, I always got excited when I knew Patrick was going to be on TV. 😉
Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be that much about Patrick on the internet. I was able to find out that he is still working and is a regular on the UK soap “Emmerdale” and that he published an autobiography a couple of years ago (I’ll have to hunt that one down). I even found out that he had auditioned for the role of James Bond a few times. Now that I would have liked to see. 🙂
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