British actor Edward Woodward, best known for roles in 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man and TV series “The Equalizer,” died on Monday aged 79.
His agent Janet Glass said the veteran of stage and screen had been ill for several months and passed away in hospital surrounded by members of his family.
Woodward played police sergeant Neil Howie in occult thriller The Wicker Man, a story of his search for a missing girl on an isolated island.
That part came in the wake of his appearances in the British spy series “Callan,” Woodward’s big breakthrough into television and movie acting.
He also played Robert McCall in the hit 1980s show “The Equalizer,” for which he received a Golden Globe in 1987.
The actor’s final on-screen appearance was earlier this year in the popular British soap opera “EastEnders.”