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Aw, Man … The Equalizer Died!

Because I know all you young ‘uns are going to be like “Who the fuck is Edward Woodward?  What the hell is the Equalizer?” I found a little tribute clip that some genius on YouTube put together two years ago.  The Equalizer was a fantastic, albeit short-lived show that ran in the ’80s.  “Got a problem?  Odds against you?  Call the Equalizer.”  There were tons of famous and yet-to-be famous people who appeared on that show (Macaulay Culkin, Melissa Joan Hart, Kevin Spacey, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Ant, David Grier, John Goodman, Lori Petty, Bradley Whitfor, Laurence Fishburne, Patricia Clarkson, Jennifer Grey, Laurie Metcalf, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Roma Maffia, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Moriarty, Chris Cooper, Michael Rooker, David Strathairn, Charles S. Dutton, Cynthia Nixon, Laura San Giacomo, Kasi Lemmons, Ving Rhames, Amanda Plummer,Jon Polito, Jasmine Guy, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci … shall I go on?) and the theme song was written by Stewart Copeland.  Just a fantastic show.

The actor who played Robert McCall (the Equalizer!), Edward Woodward, did a bunch of movies and theater and also appeared on The Eastenders.  In 1987, Woodward told the AP “I think I’ve probably [sic] more television than any actor living.  I’ve done over 2,000, could be 3,000 now, television productions.”

Woodward passed at 79 due to an illness.

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  • One of the best tv shows ever.
    I used to love that and “Midnight Caller” with Gary Cole. Both shows were underappreciated, unfortunately.
    RIP Mr. Woodward.

  • “The Equalizer” was a great show that got me hooked right from the start. Great scripts, great cast, great music. Robert McCall was as cool as a super hero gets. I also thought he was great in “Breaker Morant”, btw.

  • The Equalizer was awesome! This proper Englishman would just WHUP ASS on some lowlife scum! He outbonded James Bond. I just loved Edward Woodward in that role. Man, I gotta see if I have some of those episodes on VHS and play em tonight. RIP, kind sir.