Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In Memorium: Edward Woodward

The versatile and wonderful screen tough-guy, Edward Woodward passed away yesterday at the age of 79.

Woodward achieved wide acclaim for the 1967 title role in the British television spy drama Callan, which earned him the 1970 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. Among his film credits, Woodward starred as Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the 1973 cult British horror film The Wicker Man, and in the title role of the noted 1980 Austalian biopic Breaker Morant. Beginning in 1985, Woodward starred as British ex-secret agent and vigilante Robert McCall in the American television series The Equalizer, which earned him a Golden Globe in 1986 for Best Drama Actor.

The Wicker Man really impressed me when I first saw it in the '70's, and then his later tour-de-force role as Morant truly made me a lifelong fan of Woodward's. He is deserving of much acclaim and was easily one of the most under-utilized actors in the business. Condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans.

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