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He made occasional appearances until taking the role of Police Sergeant Neil Howie in the thriller The Wicker Man in 1973.
He continued to appear on TV and film and gently lampooned his screen persona as an overly zealous member of a neighbourhood watch group in the comedy Hot Fuzz (2007). To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The subject of This Is Your Life (1955) on two separate occasions, the actor survived two major heart attacks before dying of pneumonia at age 79 on November 16, 2009, in Cornwall, England. Woodward suffered a massive heart attack in 1987 (during the third season of The Equalizer) and another one in 1994. However, the 1967 dramatisation enjoyed a high profile at the time, and it featured several leading actors of that era, including Ronald Fraser, Freddie Jones, Vivian Pickles, Nicholas Courtney, and James Villiers.After good reviews for his role as Owen Tudor in Rosemary Anne Sisson's The Queen and the Welshman (Edinburgh Festival and Lyric Hammersmith, 1957), and stints in the musical Salad Days and in West End revue, Woodward joined the Memorial Theatre Company at Stratford-on-Avon, for which his roles included Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Laertes to Michael Redgrave's Hamlet, and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. Woodward was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions; in February 1971, he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the bar of London's White House Hotel, [ citation needed] and in February 1995, Michael Aspel surprised him during a photoshoot at Syon House in West London. His capability as tenor enabled him to record 12 albums of romantic songs, as well as three albums of poetry and 14 books to tape.
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.He spent several years in provincial rep, where he was not quite a glamorous juvenile lead but too interesting to play heroes' best friend parts.
Although known predominantly for his television work, Woodward brought his presence to bear on the cinema screen not only in The Wicker Man but as Sergeant Wellbeloved in Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers and the court-martialled Lieutenant Harry Morant in the Australian drama Breaker Morant (1980). There, he discovers pagan rituals being practised and believes that the girl is probably being prepared for sacrifice – only to discover that the abduction was a hoax and that he is the real target. This series, too obviously designed for a transatlantic audience, with an embittered ex-CIA man as the hero, made his face equally familiar on both sides of the pond, without bringing him parts to which he could have brought more depth. Following wide experience touring throughout England and Scotland, and a tour of India and Ceylon in Shakespeare and Shaw, Woodward arrived in London in 1955 with Where There's a Will at the Garrick.He also recorded three albums of poetry, capitalising on the reputation he had forged at Stratford as a lyrical speaker of verse.
The film, which co-starred Christopher Lee as the island's formidable lord, had a troubled production and was heavily cut for its release.
Woodward had two top-100 albums in the UK Album Chart; This Man Alone (number 53 in 1970) and The Edward Woodward Album (number 20 in 1972), while the single "The Way You Look Tonight" peaked at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971. A stint as a shorthand typist for a sanitary engineers followed, before he went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at 16 and appeared on stage at Castle theatre, Farnham, in 1946.