The star of the 1973 cult film The Wicker Man has passed away a the age of 79.
The Croydon-born star had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia, and died in the hospital. Woodward is most famous for his roles in the cult 1973 horror film The Wicker Man, alongside Christopher Lee, Breaker Morant, about British soldiers in the Boer War, and the US TV series The Equalizer. He had been ill for several months and passed away surrounded by members of his family. The actor, who lived in Hawker’s Cove near Padstow, died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. He is survived by his second wife, the actress Michele Dotrice, and four children, three of whom he had during his first marriage.
Actor Simon Pegg, who was a big fan of Woodward and cast him in his 2007 film Hot Fuzz, said on Twitter: “So sorry to hear we have lost the great Edward Woodward. Feel lucky to have worked with him.” He later released a statement, saying that Hot Fuzz rehearsals “were often gleefully tossed aside just to hear him recount stories from his life and career. Edgar Wright and myself sought him out because we were fans of his work, by the time the cameras stopped rolling, we were devoted fans of the man. My love and sympathy goes out to Michelle and his family.”