Wicker Man Star Edward Woodward Dies

November 16, 2009 by  
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callan2Edward Woodward, star of The Wicker Man, Callan, Hot Fuzz and classic TV show, The Equalizer, has died at the age of 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.

Film fans will remember him fondly for his role as the strait-laced copper and tragic, Sgt. Tom Howie, in Robin Hardy’s classic horror, The Wicker Man.

But 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.

His film career was equally well regarded however, with highlights including Breaker Morant, Champions and Hot Fuzz, in which he played the seemingly fun-loving Tom Weaver.

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

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