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Edward Woodward



Regarded by many as England's finest actor, Edward Woodward started out in the workaday world as a sanitation engineer. At 15, Woodward enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and at 16 he made his theatrical bow with the Farnham Repertory. His first significant West End stage success was the 1954 comedy Where There's a Will, which also served as his film debut that same year. He was elevated to star status with his flawless performance in the 1961 production Rattle of a Simple Man. This led to his Broadway debut in High Spirits, a musical adaptation of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. He went on to spend several seasons with Olivier's National Theatre, scoring an enormous hit in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac. The TV-idol phase of Woodward's career began in 1967, when he was cast as two-fisted detective Callan in the weekly series A Magnum for Schneider, later retitled Callan in deference to Woodward's popularity. He continued playing Callan until 1973, then extended his newfound celebrity to the big screen, starring in such films as The Wicker Man (1973) and Breaker Morant (1980). His post-Callan TV work included 1977's The Secret Army, the role of Simon Legree in the 1987 TV-movie Uncle Tom's Cabin, the part of Sherlock Holmes in 1990's Hands of a Murderer, and, of course, his four-season (1985-1989) run as soldier-of-fortune Robert McCall in The Equalizer. He also starred in a number of British TV musical specials, exhibiting his superbly trained singing voice. In addition, Woodward recorded several "talking records," for which he won two Gold Disc awards (the British equivalent of the Grammys). Though plagued by serious health problems, Woodward seldom stopped working during the later years of his life, and in 1997 returned to star in the third season of the British situation comedy Common as Muck. He died at age 79 in November 2009,

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet A Congregation Of Ghosts
  • Director
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Killer Trilogy
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Five Days
  • Actor
2007
91% Hot Fuzz
  • Tom Weaver
2007
40% The Abduction Club
  • Lord Fermoy
2002
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet A Christmas Reunion
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Deadly Advice
  • Maj. Herbert Armstrong
1993
No Score Yet Christmas Reunion
  • Actor
1993
82% Mister Johnson
  • Gollup
1991
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes, Hands of a Murderer
  • Sherlock Holmes
1990
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'The Man in the Brown Suit'
  • Sir Eustace Pedler
1989
No Score Yet Codename: Kyril
  • Michael Royston
1989
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Simon Legree
1987
8% King David
  • Saul
1985
No Score Yet Arthur the King (Merlin & the Sword)
  • Merlin
1985
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol
  • Christmas Present
1984
No Score Yet Killer Waiting
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Champions
  • Josh Gifford
1984
No Score Yet Love Is Forever
  • McBracken
1983
No Score Yet Who Dares Wins (The Final Option)
  • Cmdr. Powell
1982
No Score Yet The Appointment
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years
  • Actor
1981
100% 'Breaker' Morant
  • Lt. Harry 'Breaker' Morant
1980
No Score Yet Stand Up Virgin Soldiers
  • Sgt. Wellbeloved
1977
No Score Yet Callan
  • David Callan
1975
90% The Wicker Man
  • Sgt. Howie
1973
No Score Yet Charley-One-Eye
  • Holstrom
1973
44% Young Winston
  • Capt. Haldane
1972
No Score Yet Sitting Target
  • Inspector Milton
1972
20% Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Incense for the Damned (Bloodsuckers)(Doctors Wear Scarlet)(Freedom Seekers)
  • Dr. Holstrom
1970
No Score Yet The File of the Golden Goose
  • Arthur Thompson
1969
76% Becket
  • Clement
1964
No Score Yet Passion and Valor
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Crusade
1999
  • Alwyn
No Score Yet La Femme Nikita
1997-2001
  • Mr. Jones

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