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Edward Woodward
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Woodward in 1971
Born
Edward Albert Arthur Woodward

(1930-06-01)1 June 1930
Died 16 November 2009(2009-11-16) (aged 79)
Truro, Cornwall, England
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Padstow Cemetery, Cornwall
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1955–2009
Spouse(s) Venetia Barrett
(m. 1952–1986, divorced)
Michele Dotrice
(m. 1987–2009, his death)
Children Tim, Peter, Sarah, Emily

Edward Albert Arthur Woodward OBE (1 June 1930 – 16 November 2009) was a British actor. He was born in Croydon, London. His parents were working class. His television roles included the title characters in Callan (for which he won a BAFTA Award) and The Equalizer (for which he won a Golden Globe Award). His movie roles include Sergeant Howie in The Wicker Man. He also acted on stage.

Personal life

Woodward married actress Venetia Barrett in 1952. The couple had three children, all of whom are actors. Their sons are Tim Woodward (born 1953) and Peter Woodward (born 1956). Their daughter is Sarah Woodward (born 1963). Woodward left Barrett for actress Michele Dotrice (born 1948). The couple had a daughter, Emily Beth Woodward (born 1983). Woodward and Barrett divorced in 1986. He was married to Dotrice from 1987 until his death in Treliske, Truro, Cornwall.

Death

Edward Woodward died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on 16 November 2009 at the age of 79. He lived in Hawker's Cove, Cornwall, near Padstow. He had various illnesses, including pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife, Michele Dotrice and their daughter, and the three children of his first marriage.

Recording artist

His ability as tenor let him record twelve albums of romantic songs, as well as three albums of poetry and fourteen books to tape. His vocal ability and acting skill let him make a number of appearances when time allowed on the BBC's Edwardian era music hall programme, The Good Old Days.

Awards

In 1969 and 1970, he was Television Actor of the Year, and Best Actor at the Sun Awards in 1970, 1971 and 1972. Woodward won the 1970 BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his title role in Callan. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1978. At the 1987 Golden Globe Awards, he won Best Actor in a Dramatic TV Series for his role of Robert McCall in The Equalizer. At the Emmy Award from 1986 to 1990, he was nominated each year for The Equalizer.

Filmography

Stage

  • 1955 - Where There's a Will
  • 1958 - Romeo and Juliet
  • 1958 - Hamlet
  • 1962 - Rattle of a Simple Man
  • 1968 - Two Cities
  • 1971 - Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 1971 - The White Devil
  • 1973 - The Wolf
  • 1975 - Male of the Species
  • 1976 - On Approval
  • 1978 - The Dark Horse
  • 1980 - The Beggar's Opera (also as director)
  • 1980 - Private Lives
  • 1982 - The Assassin
  • 1982 - Richard III
  • 1992 - The Dead Secret

Movies

  • 1955 - Where There's a Will
  • 1960 - Inn for Trouble
  • 1964 - Becket
  • 1969 - File of the Golden Goose
  • 1970 - Incense for the Damned
  • 1972 - Sitting Target
  • 1972 - Young Winston
  • 1973 - Hunted
  • 1973 - The Wicker Man
  • 1974 - Callan
  • 1975 - Three for All
  • 1977 - Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers
  • 1980 - Breaker Morant
  • 1981 - The Appointment
  • 1981 - Wet Job (TV)
  • 1982 - Who Dares Wins
  • 1983 - Operation Comeback (Love is forever)
  • 1984 - Champions
  • 1984 - A Christmas Carol
  • 1985 - Arthur the King
  • 1986 - King David
  • 1987 - Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • 1989 - The Man In The Brown Suit
  • 1990 - Over My Dead Body
  • 1990 - Hands of a Murderer
  • 1990 - Mister Johnson
  • 1990 - Soccer Shootout - Official Film 1990 World Cup (Narrator)
  • 1993 - Deadly Advice
  • 1994 - A Christmas Reunion
  • 1995 - The Shamrock Conspiracy (TV)
  • 1996 - Harrison: The Cry Of The City (TV)
  • 1996 - Gulliver's Travels
  • 1999 - Marcia's Dowry
  • 2007 - Hot Fuzz (as Tom Weaver)
  • 2009 - A Congregation of Ghosts (as the Reverend Frederick Densham)

Television series

  • 1967 - Sword of Honour
  • 1967-72, 1981 - Callan
  • 1972 - Whodunnit? (as host)
  • 1977-78 - 1990
  • 1977-78 - The Bass Player and the Blonde
  • 1978 - Laurence Olivier Presents: Saturday, Sunday, Monday
  • 1981 - Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years
  • 1981 - Nice Work
  • 1985-89 - The Equalizer
  • 1987 - Codename: Kyril
  • 1990 - Over My Dead Body
  • 1991 - In Suspicious Circumstances
  • 1991 - America at Risk
  • 1994-97- Common as Muck
  • 1998 - CI5: The New Professionals
  • 1999 - Crusade
  • 2000 - La Femme Nikita
  • 2001-07 - Messiah, BBC drama series
  • 2007 - Five Days, BBC and HBO drama mini-series
  • 2008 - The Bill 2 episodes - As Johnie Jackson
  • 2009 - EastEnders 6 episodes

Made-for-TV movies

  • 1983 - Merlin and the Sword (U.S. title, Arthur the King)
  • 1983 - Love is Forever
  • 1984 - A Christmas Carol
  • 1986 - Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • 1988 - The Man in the Brown Suit
  • 1990 - Hands of a Murderer
  • 1995 - The Shamrock Conspiracy

Television specials

  • 1969 - Omnibus: Scott Fitzgerald
  • 1970 - Bit of a Holiday
  • 1971 - Evelyn
  • 1979 - Rod of Iron
  • 1980 - The Trial of Lady Chatterley
  • 1980 - Blunt Instrument
  • 1981 - Wet Job
  • 1986 - The Spice of Life
  • 1988 - Hunted
  • 1990 - Hands of a Murderer, or The Napoleon of Crime
  • 1991 - In My Defence
  • 1994 - Harrison
  • 1995 - Cry of the City
  • 1995 - Gulliver's Travels
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