Edward Woodward

Edward Woodward

79 (passed away Nov. 16th, 2009)
Jun. 1st, 1930
Born in
Croydon, Surrey, England, UK
5' 9

Edward Woodward's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Equalizer TV Show
The Equalizer
Callan (UK) TV Show
Callan (UK)
CI5: The New Professionals (UK) TV Show
CI5: The New Professionals (UK)
1990 (UK) TV Show
1990 (UK)
Over My Dead Body TV Show
Over My Dead Body
Whodunnit? TV Show
Nice Work (UK) TV Show
Nice Work (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Edward Albert Arthur Woodward OBE was born June 1, 1930 Croydon, Surrey and works on stage and films and television. He is also an acclomplished singer.

Originally a Shakespearian stage actor, he is best known for his role in the 1960-1970s spy series, Callan, for the 1973 film The Wicker Man and his lead role in the 1980s American television series The Equalizer. Woodward made his film debut in the 1955 screen adaptation of the eighth Nero Wolfe detective novel Where There's a Will by Rex Stout.

He than made occasional appearances, until taking the role of the repressed devout-Christian Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the chilling occult thriller The Wicker Man in 1973. Many critics have cited the final scene in The Wicker Man as one of the greatest visual shots in cinema history. Woodward was offered a cameo role in the 2005 remake, but declined.

Woodward made the title role of Boer War hero Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant in the Australian biographical film drama Breaker Morant highly acclaimed in 1980, and brought the film to global notability.

Woodward also had a small supporting role in the 2007 action comedy, Hot Fuzz.

In 1967 he was cast as David Callan in the ITV Armchair Theatre play A Magnum for Schneider, which later became 1960's set spy series Callan. His first television role in which he could demonstrate his ability to express controlled rage, his iconic performance assured the series success from the television in 1972 to a film in 1974.

The series allowed him to be cast in similar roles, but none proved as iconic as "Callan." In 1977 he starred in two series of the BBC2 dystopian drama 1990, about a future Britain lurching into totalitarianism.

Moving his talents back to the stage and film, it was not until he took the lead role in the 1980s American television series The Equalizer as a British former CIA operative that he found equal and greater recognition and popularity. The series ran from 1985 until 1989.

His TV guest star roles include an appearance in The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Mr. Jones (aka Philip, codename 'Flavius') in the series La Femme Nikita.

Edward Woodward died aged 79 in November 2009. He had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia, and died in the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, near his home in Hawker's Cove near Padstow.

  • He underwent triple bypass surgery in 1996 after two heart attacks.
  • He is an Associate Member of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England).
  • He played "The Ghost of Christmas Present" in the 'George C. Scott' (qv) version of _A Christmas Carol (1984) (TV)_ (qv).
  • He cited the final scene in _The Wicker Man (1973)_ (qv) as one of the greatest visual shots in cinema history.
  • Father (with 'Venetia Barrett' (qv)) of 'Tim Woodward (I)' (qv), 'Peter Woodward (I)' (qv) and 'Sarah Woodward (I)' (qv).
  • Father, with actress 'Michele Dotrice' (qv), of daughter 'Emily Woodward (I)' (qv).
  • He gave up smoking after his second heart attack.
  • He appears with his son, 'Peter Woodward (I)' (qv), in the _"Crusade" (1999)_ (qv) episode "The Long Road".

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