Closing Credits: Edward Woodward
The man who is best known for his excellent role in The Wicker Man and for playing The Equalizer and Callum, has died aged 79.
Not only was he a gifted and talented stage, television and film actor, a graduate from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but he was also a singer and a narrator of audio books, and with such a distinctive voice like he had, it was a perfect match.
After many early television performances and a few film roles he starred in the television series Callan which was seen as a real breakthrough moment for the actor, and a role that undoubtedly influenced his casting in The Equalizer and the character himself. He played a character who was the top assassin for the British SIS, but he was a bitter character who was forced to carry out his actions under duress and the series was much darker and seamy than similar themed stories before, and even The Equalizer itself which came some time after.
It wasn't long after his appearance in Callan that he took the role that would make him an international star and land him deep in cult territory in more ways than just the story, the original The Wicker Man. He gave a blistering performance in the 1973 film with a final, chilling scene of him screaming as he realised where he was being taken.
In 1974 he starred in a film that resurrected his Callan character, and while it carried the same name in most territories, it was also known as The Neutralizer, a clear indication of what was to become his biggest television role to date.
In 1982 he appeared in Who Dares Wins as a police commander, and continued many television and film appearances, and between 1985 and 1989 he was The Equalizer for eight seven episodes, a man who has retired from his job working for a secret government agency called The Company, and now works as a man for hire, trying to attone for his previous wrong doings.
"Got a problem, need help, odds against you, Call The Equalizer"
Was the catch line and the advert the character placed in the paper. He was still rather dark and at times his anger would get the better of him. He was a superb character and Woodward played him brilliantly.
Recently, despite two heart operations, he appeared in Hot Fuzz and several episodes of the British soap Eastenders, proving that any form of acting was still in his blood, and even on the soap his performance was great to see, evoking memories of seeing him every week when I was growing up.
He was a talented man, and a well loved screen character who will be sorely missed. I for one would have loved to have seen a new version of The Equalizer with him making a reappearance in a cameo role, or perhaps handing over his business.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.