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Edward Woodward Dies
The Wicker Man star was 79

16 November 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: BBC

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Edward Woodward, star of The Wicker Man, Callan, Hot Fuzz and the classic TV show, The Equalizer, has died. He was 79.

His agent, Janet Glass, has confirmed that Woodward passed away, surrounded by his family, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, following a long illness. He was surrounded by his family.

The Croydon-born star, affectionately nicknamed Ewah Woowah, was perhaps most famous for his iconic TV roles – he played ace secret agent Callan in the British series of the same name from 1967 to 1972, and then the titular The Equalizer, aka Robert McCall, in the wildly successful US TV show in the mid-80s. He also did a stint on EastEnders earlier in the year, a stint which marked his last on-screen appearance.

But his film career was equally storied, with standouts including Breaker Morant (famous for his defiant cry of “Shoot straight, you bastards! Don’t make a mess of it!”), Champions and Hot Fuzz, in which he played the seemingly jocular Tom Weaver.

But it is for his role as the strait-laced, puritanical copper, Sgt. Tom Howie, in Robin Hardy’s classic horror, The Wicker Man that Woodward will be best remembered; his cries of terror at the end are, quite simply, indelibly haunting.

Edgar Wright has written an excellent and moving blog about Woodward, which you can read here.

Woodward is survived by his wife, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em star, Michele Dotrice, and four children.

 


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God's Speed
A great actor and - as was hinted at - the inspiration for one of my all time favorite jokes. All the greats are slipping away now, who will be next? Let's hope we wait a long time until we see another fabulous actor leave us. Hot Fuzz had a wonderful gang of superb British actors from that particularly brilliant time period and Ewar was right at the top of the heap. I shall wear my NWA t shirt with pride tomorrow More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 20:58 on 17 November 2009 | Report This Post

God's Speed
A great actor and - as was hinted at - the inspiration for one of my all time favorite jokes. All the greats are slipping away now, who will be next? Let's hope we wait a long time until we see another fabulous actor leave us. Hot Fuzz had a wonderful gang of superb British actors from that particularly brilliant time period and Ewar was right at the top of the heap. I shall wear my NWA t shirt with pride tomorrow More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 20:57 on 17 November 2009 | Report This Post

A sad loss. While I appreciate his American fame as "The Equalizer", to Brits of my generation Mr. Woodward will always be "Callan". This was the late 60's. A time when British TV heroes were still gentlemen like "The Saint" and "The Baron", and hard bastards were usually American like McGill in "Man In A Suitcase". Here was a working class man, shunned by his peers because he didn't go to the correct school and wasn't an "officer and a gent More

Posted by gtst012 at 22:38 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Edward Woodward The Whicker Man
A true class actor I saw him first appearing in Callan with the swinging light intro and his penchant for metal soldiers but he really is the man that made the whicker man with his wide eyed shock and fear that was to become of him in the oh so quiet village a true acting legend RIP More

Posted by Spud Whaley at 21:18 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Sad news indeed.
A brilliant actor. I remember watching repeats of CALLAN when channel 4 just started and thought it was brilliant. The Wicker Man will always be remembered as a truly original horror movie with quality acting from Woodward and Lee. His performance in the George C Scott version of A Christmas Carol was excellent also. More

Posted by davidjthomson at 20:19 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

WHAT?
Holy shit i just watched the wicker man again for the millionith time last night and then i see this!!! Fucking weird. Will always be one of my most favourite films with edward woodward. RIP. More

Posted by MartyW at 17:56 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Edward Woodward tribute
R.I.P a shame, a great actor and will def be missed. i remember the equalizer from when i was a kid and used to love it. H e was also great in hot fuzz More

Posted by Frank Castle at 16:33 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Edward Woodward tribute
I always liked Edward Woodward. Especially in The Equalizer which is one of those programmes from my childhood that I'll always look back on fondly (A Team being another one). He was an excellent actor and I'm sorry to hear about his passing. I only saw him interviewed once and that was many years ago but he came across as a really down-to-earth gentleman and a thoroughly nice bloke. I don't know why but I always got the feeling he would make a brilliant Grandad. I have created a tribute t More

Posted by easyover at 15:34 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

RIP
rest in peace good sir More

Posted by kalel6000 at 14:58 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Damned shame. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 13:56 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

All those english actors raking in a fortune on American TV shows have a lot to thank him for. The Equalizer is easily one of the greatest shows and one of the greatest characters of all time. And as an end point, from my own point of reference... "We'll be up to our balls in jugglers..." More

Posted by Jenzy at 13:25 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

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An under rated actor, R.I.P. More

Posted by Indio at 13:17 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

RIP Mr Woodward. I'm fairly sure his character in The Wicker Man was Neil Howie, not Tom Howie. More

Posted by minorityreport at 13:10 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

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