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Edward Albert Arthur Woodward OBE (born 1 June 1930, Croydon) is an English actor and singer. Originally a Shakespearian stage actor, he is best known for his role in the 1960-1970s spy series, Callan, for the 1973 film The Wicker Man and his lead role in the 1980s American television series The Equalizer. Woodward attended Eccleston Road and Sydenham Road School, Croydon, and the Elmwood School in Wallingford, as well as Hinchley Wood School in Surrey. He then attended Kingston College.
Woodward began as stage actor at the Castle Theatre, Farnham, in 1946. After graduation from RADA he worked extensively in repertory companies as a Shakespearean actor throughout England and Scotland, making his London debut in Where There`s A Will in 1955, and also starred in the film adaptation that same year. His work in the West End included Shakespeare`s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet both in 1955, as well as Cyrano de Bergerac in 1971. Having established himself, he also worked on Broadway theatre in New York, and in Australia. Woodward first appeared on Broadway, in Rattle of a Simple Man (1963) and the musical comedy High Spirits (1964–1965), which won three Tony Awards, followed by the 1966 comedy The Best Laid Plans. Woodward made his film debut in the 1955 screen adaptation of R.F. Delderfield`s play, Where There`s a Will. He then made occasional appearances, until taking the role of the repressed, devout Christian Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the chilling occult thriller The Wicker Man in 1973. Woodward also had a supporting role in the 2007 action comedy, Hot Fuzz.
During his career, Woodward has appeared in over 2000 television productions. One of his most famous roles was as The Equalizer as a British former intelligence operative. Woodward has been twice married, first to Venetia Mary Collett (actress Venetia Barrett) (1952-1987). They had two sons: Tim Woodward (born 1953) and Peter Woodward (born 1956), both of whom became successful actors, as well as a Tony Award-nominated actress daughter, Sarah Woodward (born 1963). His second marriage was to actress Michele Dotrice, the daughter of his contemporary Roy Dotrice, in 1987. They have one daughter, Emily Beth. Always an active actor, Woodward underwent triple bypass surgery in 1996 and quit smoking after two heart attacks. In February 2003 it was announced that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His hobbies have included sword collecting, acting, and gem polishing.
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Edward Albert Arthur Woodward, OBE (1 June 1930 – 16 November 2009) was an English stage and screen actor and singer. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Woodward began his career on stage, and throughout his career he appeared in productions in both the West End in London and on Broadway in New York City. He came to wider attention from 1967 in the title role of the British television spy drama Callan, earning him the 1970 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.
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Truro, Cornwall, England, UK
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