The actor Edward Woodward has died November 16 at age 79. The British actor was probably best known in the US for his role in the eighties television series “The Equalizer.” He won a Golden Globe award in 1987 for the role.

Horror film fans will remember him from 1973’s The Wicker Man where his character experienced one of the more grisly cinematic deaths, and modern audiences will remember him when he created a similar role for Hot Fuzz.

I first saw Woodward on cable in the 1980 Breaker Morant, a film I highly recommend. He played Lieutenant Breaker Morant, tried for murder in the deaths of Boer prisoners during the second Boer War.

Woodward’s career began in 1955 and spanned theater, television and film. The actor was also a singer and had the distinction of being personally chosen by Noel Coward to star in the Broadway show “High Spirits,” a musical adaptation of Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”. Woodward also recorded 12 solo albums.

Woodward’s an actor that I think many people recognize but don’t know by name. Look for his work and you’ll find yourself watching a talented seasoned actor and one who will be missed.

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