Edward Woodward, the distinguished and intense star of the Spy-Fi television series Callan and The Equalizer, passed away yesterday at age 79.
I'm a huge fan of The Equalizer and Woodward's portrayal of Robert McCall, an ex-spy who used his espionage skills to help those in trouble against terrible odds. It was refreshing to have a television hero who had maturity, class, and intelligence, but also knew when to blow away the bad guys with his PPK. Woodward brought both great dignity and a convincing toughness to the role, and received numerous awards for his performance on the show.
Woodward was a very fine actor, and I enjoyed watching him in almost anything he appeared in, from the original Wicker Man and Breaker Morant to Hot Fuzz. He'll be missed.