Edward Woodward, the star of such films as The Wicker Man and Callan and the television show “Equalizer” has passed away at the age of 79. He had been ill for several months, suffering from pneumonia and several other illnesses.
I couldn’t think of any actor who could have fit the role of the uptight Sgt. Howie in the original The Wicker Man like Woodward did. His steadfast devotion to his case combined with his increasing neurosis made each scene even more tense. Most of Woodward’s other work was on television in shows that were popular before I was born, although I did enjoy him as the voice of the Sultan in Disney’s animated Aladdin.
Check out the final scene from The Wicker Man here. Beware it does contain spoilers.
The press release from the BBC is after the jump.
Veteran actor Edward Woodward has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed.
The Croydon-born star had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia, and died in hospital, said Janet Glass.
Woodward is most famous for his roles in the cult 1973 horror film The Wicker Man, alongside Christopher Lee, and US TV series The Equalizer.
Ms Glass said he had been ill for several months and passed away surrounded by members of his family.
The actor, who lived in Hawker’s Cove near Padstow, died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
“I knew him a very long time and he was a superb human being,” she said.
Edward Woodward: from the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man
“That integrity shone through in the roles he played. I can’t ever remember, in all the productions he undertook, anyone having a bad word to say about him and he never had anything bad to say about anyone else either.”
Ms Glass added: “Universally loved and admired through his unforgettable roles in classic productions, he was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness.
“His passing will leave a huge gap in many lives,” she said.
[Source: BBC News]