Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Edward Woodward is one of those actors who hit quite a bit before my time. But I'll always know his name from The Equalizer, an 80's vigilante-themed TV series that found its way to our television set every week. But if you look at his resume, he was an actor with an impressive range starring in everything from Breaker Morant, the original Wicker Man to a featured role on the television series La Femme Nikita. The Time Online goes into some detail on his career in their obit: His greatest commercial success came almost two decades later in the American series The Equalizer in which he played Robert McCall, a former secret service agent turned urban vigilante. In 1973 Woodward earned a place in cinematic history with a starring role in the horror movie The Wicker Man, in which he played a devoutly Christian police sergeant called to investigate the disappearance of a young girl from a sinister paganist community on a remote Scottish island. The film, in which Woodward played alongside Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland, quickly achieved the status of cult classic. Its director, Robin Hardy, said of Woodward today: "He was one of the greatest actors of his generation, without any question, with a broad career on American television as well as British film. "He was an absolute star of The Wicker Man. He was an extremely nice human being." Woodward had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia, and died in hospital, said his agent, Janet Glass. She said: "Universally loved and admired through his unforgettable roles in classic productions such as Breaker Morant, The Wicker Man, Callan, The Equalizer and many more, he was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness. Rest in peace Edward.