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Actor Edward Woodward dies at 79 (The Equalizer)
BBC News ^ | 11-16-2009 | BBC Staff

Posted on 11/16/2009 9:44:22 PM PST by Frantzie

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 Sir Christopher Lee, and TV series The Equalizer and Callan.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: breakermorant; equalizer; woodward
From The Equalizer pilot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NZrO5wt1sA&feature=player_embedded

He was great in Breaker Morant and also very good in Churchill The Wilderness Years. The Equalizer was also very good with a great cast, on location shooting in NYC and the soundtrack by Stewart Copeland (Police drummer and band founder).

1 posted on 11/16/2009 9:44:23 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Frantzie

He will be missed.

Re The Equalizer: the pilot of that short-lived series was solid gold.


2 posted on 11/16/2009 9:45:49 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Frantzie

He’s the guy who taught me to say Jag-you-are.. liked him...


3 posted on 11/16/2009 9:46:07 PM PST by LizzyD
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To: shibumi

Bummer....:(

4 posted on 11/16/2009 9:47:16 PM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: Frantzie

His son, Peter Woodward is also a good actor. He and his father appeared in a episode of Babylon 5:Crusade.


5 posted on 11/16/2009 9:47:33 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Supposedly a very nice chap as well. I really enjoyed The Equalizer including the camera work. NYC looked really good on screen when watching the show.


6 posted on 11/16/2009 9:51:35 PM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Frantzie

The early “black and white” years of his British TV series “Callan” - before being shot in color - provided emotionally riveting TV.


7 posted on 11/16/2009 9:52:52 PM PST by howlinhound
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To: Frantzie

I agree.


8 posted on 11/16/2009 9:53:40 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Frantzie
The Equalizer was my favorite show while it was on the air.
9 posted on 11/16/2009 9:54:05 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Frantzie

in 'The Equalizer'

in 'Hot Fuzz'

10 posted on 11/16/2009 9:57:33 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Frantzie

He was good at his craft. He will be missed.


11 posted on 11/16/2009 10:00:33 PM PST by Gator113 (Obamba, Reid, Pelosi, the socialist triad.)
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To: howlinhound

He could get very theatrical for the small screen (TV). The boiling anger. Breaker Morant was a great movie.

For gun owners - there was often good “hardware” in the show including his sidekick “Mickey Kostmeyer” who had a few sniper rifles and assault rifles.

Edward was a great actor and highly underrated.


12 posted on 11/16/2009 10:04:34 PM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Frantzie

Incredible as Breaker Morant but he was also great as the Ghost of Christmas Present.


13 posted on 11/16/2009 10:09:35 PM PST by JMS
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Always lots of good artillery in The Equalizer. Best TV show for really good stuff. Most TV shows are or were suprisingly politically correct about guns.


14 posted on 11/16/2009 10:11:19 PM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Frantzie
He was great in Breaker Morant . . .

That's for sure.


15 posted on 11/16/2009 10:13:37 PM PST by skeptoid (AA, AE, MBS (with six clusters))
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To: Frantzie

That’s too bad. I was just talking about The Equalizer yesterday. Great show.


16 posted on 11/16/2009 10:13:50 PM PST by TheLurkerX (If you want renewable energy, I'm sure the founding fathers are spinning in their graves.)
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To: skeptoid

Good flick.


17 posted on 11/16/2009 10:15:03 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: Frantzie

Amen. I think there’s a disc set somewhere I saw from my uncles stash and watched it..was hooked.

The actor who plays his son was the leader of Cobra Kai in the Karate Kid.


18 posted on 11/16/2009 10:58:48 PM PST by max americana (i)
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To: Frantzie
Too bad. I have been thinking lately of the New York that was David Dinkins' and how that series captured the hopelessness of that time versus Giuliani and success that came later.

The city has been in descent since Rudy and alas, now there is a mayor that looks forward to KSM and that coming circus.

We could use another "Equalizer" about now in NYC again.

19 posted on 11/16/2009 11:06:46 PM PST by dersepp (I am an Angry, Brooks Bros. Mob of One)
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To: JMS
Yeah, he was good in all his roles. The Ghost of Christmas Present reminds me a bit of the 1970's Ian Anderson:


20 posted on 11/16/2009 11:12:07 PM PST by FredZarguna ("A nation is not beaten until the hearts of its right-wing women are on the ground.")
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To: Salamander
Bummer....:(

Bummer-squared when you consider he could've escaped from being incinerated just by spending a night with Britt Ekland (c. 1973).

Not a tough choice for half the population...

21 posted on 11/16/2009 11:16:54 PM PST by FredZarguna ("A nation is not beaten until the hearts of its right-wing women are on the ground.")
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To: skeptoid

‘Tis a memory to be hoarded -
Oh, the follish tale and fond!
Till another stream be forded -
And we reach the Great Beyond.


22 posted on 11/16/2009 11:17:20 PM PST by happyathome
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To: happyathome
BUTCHERED TO MAKE A DUTCHMAN'S HOLIDAY by Harry "Breaker" Morant (1864-1902)
In prison cell I sadly sit,
   A d__d crest-fallen chappie!
And own to you I feel a bit-
   A little bit - unhappy!

It really ain't the place nor time To reel off rhyming diction - But yet we'll write a final rhyme Whilst waiting cru-ci-fixion!
No matter what "end" they decide - Quick-lime or "b'iling ile," sir? We'll do our best when crucified To finish off in style, sir!
But we bequeath a parting tip For sound advice of such men, Who come across in transport ship To polish off the Dutchmen!
If you encounter any Boers You really must not loot 'em! And if you wish to leave these shores, For pity's sake, DON'T SHOOT 'EM!!
And if you'd earn a D.S.O., Why every British sinner Should know the proper way to go Is: "ASK THE BOER TO DINNER!"
Let's toss a bumper down our throat, - Before we pass to Heaven, And toast: "The trim-set petticoat We leave behind in Devon."

23 posted on 11/16/2009 11:39:56 PM PST by FredZarguna (Scapegoats of the Empire, George!)
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To: Frantzie

He lived a good long time. I enjoyed his work!


24 posted on 11/16/2009 11:47:23 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: FredZarguna

That is my MOST favorite version of “A Christmas Carol”! “The Muppets Christmas Carol” is my second favorite. ;o)


25 posted on 11/16/2009 11:49:19 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Frantzie

“You still believe in the empire don’t you Mr Morant.”


26 posted on 11/17/2009 12:06:48 AM PST by usshadley (Orwell was an Optimist)
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To: TheLurkerX
That’s too bad. I was just talking about The Equalizer yesterday. Great show.

I was fond of it, too.

27 posted on 11/17/2009 12:11:57 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Frantzie

Take the “ward” out of his names and he’s “Ed Wood.”


28 posted on 11/17/2009 12:16:40 AM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: SuziQ
Yeah, mine too. My Dad turned me on to A Christmas Carol when I was young. My favorite "kid's" version was Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the late 50's and 60's we'd watch all the versions we could; in those days black and white TV, with reception on about three channels. We were generally in agreement that Reginald Owen's Scrooge was the best until George C. Scott came along, although the 1930's version was not really a very faithful rendition of the story.
29 posted on 11/17/2009 12:43:46 AM PST by FredZarguna (Scapegoats of the Empire, George!)
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To: Frantzie

He apparently was extremely grateful to his fans in an interview—very gracious and gentle, not much like his characters.


30 posted on 11/17/2009 1:23:11 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: FredZarguna; shibumi

Turn off “safe search” on Google and type in The Wicker Man.

[no need to thank me]...:)


31 posted on 11/17/2009 1:42:23 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: Frantzie

I loved the Equalizer, one of the best theme songs too.


32 posted on 11/17/2009 2:00:35 AM PST by gattaca (Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Frantzie
RIP Mr. Woodward.

I dl'd the entire Equalizer series. I found the debut and last 2 seasons were the best. It got a bit thins after the debut and through the middle episodes. His son was less than great ion the series, IMO. Mickey was a treat as well as a few of the other members of his old group who would do the occasional odd bit of work for him. He played the part elegantly and never over the top. Quite cool and calculated.
Always tastefully done and quite current with the craft work of the era.
33 posted on 11/17/2009 4:17:18 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: gattaca

“I loved the Equalizer, one of the best theme songs too.”

Yes! The theme song was very dark and no-nonsense.


34 posted on 11/17/2009 4:34:17 AM PST by Levante
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To: Frantzie

Oh, no! One of my favorite actors. I just saw the first few episodes of “The Equalizer” on a Netflix disk; it was as good as I remembered.


35 posted on 11/17/2009 4:34:18 AM PST by Tax-chick (Buy me a "Land Shark" and take me to Anguilla.)
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To: Tainan; Frantzie

The actor who played Kostmeyer (Keith Somethingwithoutvowels) has rather specialized in elegant villains since then. He had a recurring role in Law&Order for a while, and later turned up in Babylon 5. I’m sure there are others.


36 posted on 11/17/2009 4:37:48 AM PST by Tax-chick (Buy me a "Land Shark" and take me to Anguilla.)
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To: Frantzie

From Breaker Morant, Edward Woodward explains Rule .303.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEZC9aWeCfs&feature=PlayList&p=16FFA7D904C0D816&index=4


37 posted on 11/17/2009 4:52:14 AM PST by tlb
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To: tlb

Great scene, great actor, great film and sad ending.


38 posted on 11/17/2009 5:58:10 AM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Salamander; FredZarguna; shibumi
Turn off “safe search” on Google and type in The Wicker Man.

[no need to thank me]...:)

Butt not real Britt

39 posted on 11/17/2009 6:21:03 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (("To psychology! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems"))
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To: Frantzie

I loved “The Equalizer” as a kid. I always remembered that he carried a Walther PPK (or PPKS) in that show, and as an adult I finally bought my own.


40 posted on 11/17/2009 6:56:08 AM PST by opus86
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To: LifeComesFirst
Take the “ward” out of his names and he’s “Ed Wood.”

Interesting mathematics:

British Actor - 2 Leave it to Beaver Dad's = Talentless Cross-dressing director

But consider also:
Adult Male Title of Address + British Actor - 2 Leave it to Beaver Dad's - Dead Tree = Talking Horse.

41 posted on 11/17/2009 9:54:23 AM PST by FredZarguna (Scapegoats of the Empire, George!)
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To: Oztrich Boy; Salamander; shibumi
Butt not real Britt

There are some special effects that really aren't spoiled by their lack of authenticity.

Anyway, I am a full fledged Wicker Man cultist -- the original, not that hideous remake -- and owning the DVD I can attest that the real Britt is on there, even if they used a body-double for some of the angles. Hat tip to Salamander all the same.

42 posted on 11/17/2009 10:16:34 AM PST by FredZarguna ("A nation is not beaten until the hearts of its right-wing women are on the ground.")
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To: Oztrich Boy

I know.
She was pregnant during filming.

You’re actually complaining about that bodacious booty?

Hell, I’m a straight female and I thought that scene was sexy as hell.


43 posted on 11/17/2009 1:13:31 PM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: FredZarguna

Got the nearly impossible to find uncut version?

I do....:)

Wicker Man fanatic, here.


44 posted on 11/17/2009 1:17:57 PM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: Salamander
Actually, not quite. I have the 88 and 99 minute versions. The 99 minute is cut in the same order as the 103 minute version. [The slashed version, as you probably know, is also out-of-order in some places] but the film quality of the inserted scenes is clearly not as good as the 88 minutes used for the US theatrical release: they're really dark, and one outside night scene [about 90 seconds long] is so scratchy it's practically unwatchable.

I've been trying to find the 103 minute version for a while -- but haven't been able to even in PAL Region-2. I understand it shows up on eBay from time-to-time.

45 posted on 11/18/2009 1:41:31 AM PST by FredZarguna ("A nation is not beaten until the hearts of its right-wing women are on the ground.")
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To: FredZarguna; shibumi

I got mine from a video store going out of business.

I’m one of those “weirdos” who HAS to see the uncut version of *everything*.

It took me years but I finally got hold of the uncensored version of “The Devils” starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave.

Well worth the wait, IMO.

The only one I regret was the unrated version of Caligula. [I’m a major Malcolm McDowell/Peter O’Toole fan]

Damn.
That was one brutal, perverse flick.

Gave me nightmares.

Borders was selling a box set [literally...wooden box with wood-burned Wicker Man on it] that had both versions.

It was $50 but I bought it any way.

*Then* somebody did a UK published limited release of the official Wicker Man soundtrack.

Pure bliss and blissiosity.


46 posted on 11/18/2009 10:52:46 AM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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To: Salamander
The Devils is a really unsettling film. Saw it in college and have not seen it anywhere since. Oliver Reed did more than one of those. I'm on board with Malcom McDowell and Peter O'Toole. Caligula was one of those "must see" films at a certain age, and then you wished you could somehow scrub your brain.

Oddly, my mother turned me on to The Wicker Man. She and my Dad watched a very highly edited version on late night TV in the mid seventies and said, "you seem to like things that are original and weird. This would appeal to you." It's in my top five.

47 posted on 11/19/2009 1:58:46 AM PST by FredZarguna (Whether it's in, Oakland or Marin, we're with you all the way across The Bay.)
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