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Also Known As: Edward Albert Arthur Woodward Died: November 16, 2009
Born: June 1, 1930 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Croydon, England, GB Profession: actor, singer

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A renowned British actor, Edward Woodward won critical acclaim as a stage and television performer, top-selling recording artist and occasional film actor. Woodward first made himself known as a prominent stage actor, performing for various repertory companies throughout the British Isles. After making his London stage debut in "Where There's a Will" (1954), the actor began to branch out into film and television, playing several small parts until finally landing his own series, "Callan" (ITV, 1967-1972), in which he was a reluctant assassin for a British spy agency. Following a leading stage performance in "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1971), Woodward landed his most notorious feature role, playing a God-fearing detective sent to a remote Scottish island populated by a pagan society in "The Wicker Man" (1973). At the end of the decade, he delivered one of his finest performances in "Breaker Morant" (1980), which made him an international star. Perhaps his most well-known performance came on the small screen when he starred in "The Equalizer" (CBS, 1985-89), a role that earned him a cult following as well as five consecutive Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Though he continued to perform right up...

A renowned British actor, Edward Woodward won critical acclaim as a stage and television performer, top-selling recording artist and occasional film actor. Woodward first made himself known as a prominent stage actor, performing for various repertory companies throughout the British Isles. After making his London stage debut in "Where There's a Will" (1954), the actor began to branch out into film and television, playing several small parts until finally landing his own series, "Callan" (ITV, 1967-1972), in which he was a reluctant assassin for a British spy agency. Following a leading stage performance in "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1971), Woodward landed his most notorious feature role, playing a God-fearing detective sent to a remote Scottish island populated by a pagan society in "The Wicker Man" (1973). At the end of the decade, he delivered one of his finest performances in "Breaker Morant" (1980), which made him an international star. Perhaps his most well-known performance came on the small screen when he starred in "The Equalizer" (CBS, 1985-89), a role that earned him a cult following as well as five consecutive Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Though he continued to perform right up until his death in 2009, Woodward was forever associated with "The Equalizer," a show he once considered silly, but nonetheless brought him considerable acclaim.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hot Fuzz (2007)
2.
 Harrison: Cry of the City (1996) Teddy Harrison
3.
 Shamrock Conspiracy, The (1995) Edward "Teddy" Harrison
4.
 Deadly Advice (1994) Major Herbert Armstrong
5.
 Soccer Shootout (1991)
6.
 Hands of a Murderer (1990) Sherlock Holmes
7.
 Mister Johnson (1990) Sargy Gollup
8.
 Man in the Brown Suit, The (1989) Sir Eustace Pedler
9.
 Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987) Simon Legree
10.
 Arthur the King (1985) Merlin
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Milestones close milestones

1946:
Stage debut with Farnham Repertory Theatre in Surrey in "A Kiss for Cinderella"
1952:
Worked in repertory theater in Scotland and England
1953:
Member of the Croyden Repertory Theatre; played 36 different roles
1954:
London stage debut, "Where There's a Will"
1955:
Film debut, reprising stage role in "Where There's a Will"/"Good Morning, Boys"
1955:
British TV debut, "The Vaudeville Show" (ITV)
1961:
Stage directing debut, "Rattle of a Simple Man"
1963:
Broadway debut, "Rattle of a Simple Man"
1964:
Returned to features in "Becket"
1967:
Starred in the British TV series "Callan"
1969:
Won acclaim for his perfomance as Sydney Carton in musical "Two Cities;" adapted from Dickens' <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>
1972:
Starred in "The Edward Woodward Show" for Thames TV in England
1979:
Won international acclaim in the title role of feature, "Breaker Morant"
1985:
American TV series debut, "The Equalizer"
1990:
Co-starred on the CBS mystery series "Over My Dead Body"
1995:
Played Scotland Yard detective Edward 'Teddy' Harrison in UPN TV movie, "The Shamrock Conspiracy"
1996:
Underwent triple bypass surgery
1998:
Appeared in the British TV production "Common as Muck"
1999:
Starred in the British TV series "CI5: The Professionals"
2001:
Appeared in several episodes of the USA series, "La Femme Nikita"
2007:
Co-starred in the U.K. comedy "Hot Fuzz"
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Education

Kingston College: - 1944 - 1946
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1946 - 1947

Notes

Received the Order of the British Empire

Woodward has also recorded 14 albums; 11 feature his singing; 3 are recitations of poetry

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wife:
Venetia Mary Collet. Married in 1952; divorced.
wife:
Michele Dotrice. Actor. Daughter of actor Roy Dotrice and sister of actresses Karen and Yvette; born on September 27, 1948.

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father:
Edward Oliver Woodward. Metal worker.
mother:
Violet Edith Woodward.
son:
Timothy Oliver Woodward. Actor. Mother, Venetia Woodward; born c. 1953.
son:
Peter Woodward. Actor. Mother, Venetia Woodward; born c. 1959.
daughter:
Sarah Woodward. Actor. Mother, Venetia Woodward; born c. 1963; won 1998 Olivier Award as Best Supporting Performer in a Play for "Tom and Clem"; co-starred on Broadway in "The Real Thing".
daughter:
Emily Beth Woodward. Mother, Michele Dotrice; born c. 1982.
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