Veteran actor Edward Woodward has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed.
The Croydon-born star had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia, and died in hospital, said Janet Glass.
Woodward is most famous for his roles in the cult 1973 horror film The Wicker Man, alongside Sir Christopher Lee, and US TV series The Equalizer.
He was last seen on screen in BBC One soap Eastenders as Tommy Clifford earlier this year.
I remember him most from The Equalizer. I always remember his presence imbued into the character he played. It can be seen in Crusade in which he guest starred alongside his son. A great British actor, who will be sadly and sorely missed from both the big and small screens. May you know peace.
Kevin Bussell, Watford
I had the real pleasure of looking after Edward, Michelle and the then baby Emily many years ago when they stayed at a hotel I was working at in Harrogate when he was filming. He was a really kind gentleman and a real pleasure to serve and know and an example of how someone famous need not lose the ability to be kind, interested in "normal" people, courteous, gentle, friendly and warm. My condolences to Michelle, Emily and the rest of the family at the passing of such a great person, never mind actor.
James Cartwright, Oxford
My sister and I met Edward Woodward many years ago at the Old Vic in London where he was appearing in the play The White Devil. He spent time talking to us about the play and his role in Callan. When a group of rowdy youths ran by shouting taunts regarding Callan he turned to us with a grin and said: "Smile and smile and be a gentleman". And he was. A brilliant actor so approachable and genuine. He will be so sadly missed.
June Read, Brighouse, W. Yorks
Very sad news and the loss of a British talent. Without meaning to sound jovial much of his legacy for me and many of my school friends will be in the joke: Why has Edward Woodward got so many ds in his name? Because if he didn't he'd be called Ewar Woowar. That joke kept us laughing for months and in fact still does today. I'd like to think Mr Woodward would appreciate that. RIP Mr Woowar.
M Tristan, Newquay, Cornwall
My favourite line by Edward Woodward, from the film Breaker Morant: "Live every day as if it were your last - for one day you're sure to be right!" So, rest well, Edward! There was never anyone quite like you, nor ever will be.
Nigel Baldwin, Portsmouth UK
My girlfriend (at the time) and I used to babysit for him when he lived in Twickenham, Middlesex. It was a long time ago, but I'm sorry that he has passed away. Regards to his wife and family, Kevin.
Kevin Howell, Truro, Cornwall
I really did love watching Edward Woodward in The Equalizer. I remember my mother and I would always watch it as I was growing up. I recently watched the first series on DVD and am awaiting the others to be released so I can enjoy and watch again. He was a very good actor and got you very captured in the roles he played. I am sure he will be missed. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.
Tanya Johnson, Brighton
I never met or worked with him but would have liked to. He came across as a wonderful person. I remember hearing him sing - and his voice was passionate and operatic-similar to the American singer Josh Groban, but with even more warmth. He will be missed.
Rona Topaz, Glasgow
Loved The Equalizer as a kid.
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I grew up watching Edward in The Equalizer. I absolutely loved him. I remember begging my parents to let me stay up long enough to watch the show. I am absolutely gutted. Rest in peace Edward, you brought so much joy to our lives in your work.
I worked for Marks and Spencer in Plymouth and on many occasions dealt with Edward Woodward and his wife. They were really pleasant and polite and always had time for people who recognised them while out and about. I always remember them saying thank you after each transaction and how they made this part of the world their home and became one of us.
Julie Field, Plymouth, Devon
I had the pleasure of meeting Edward and Michelle at my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary about six months ago, it was a selected weekend for 50 people. Although we could see Edward was not well, my partner Claire and I were delighted and thrilled to meet such a gentleman who wished to be treated as everybody else at the gathering. We both felt honoured to have met him and Michelle and feel very sad at his passing.
Mick Edgeworth, Canterbury
He was brilliant in Callan, equal to Caine in his gritty film roles. After that his roles always seemed a bit lightweight for him.
I grew up watching this fine actor and was very saddened to hear of his death. Fond memories of watching Callan with my dad. A great loss.
Amanda Gypps, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
What a true legend of the entertainment industry. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2003 and he inspired me to take up acting. He was such a nice man, a real legend. They don't make them like him anymore. RIP my hero.
Tom Rickard, Bearwood
A great actor #RIP Edward.
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The man was undoubtedly a hero. From the Wicker Man, to The Equalizer, to Common as Muck, to Hot Fuzz. He was one of those timeless father figures like Attenborough, to me, and will be sorely missed. The fact that he came from my home town of Croydon, is a bonus.
Dr. Foxtopus, London
For me Mr Woodward brought to the younger generation who watched his Equalizer series a true sense of the English language, honesty and justice with moral standards, which he proved held favour on both sides of the Atlantic - some of what is lacking in today's society. He will be sadly missed.
John Richards, Dagenham, Essex
I first saw Edward Woodward in the TV series The Equalizer, and it was love at first sight for both the character and the man. From that point on, seeing him in a film or in a TV role always brightened my viewing time. He will be missed!
Cynthia M. Genato, Makati City, Philippines
No, not Eddie! My childhood hero is gone.
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