Edward Woodward returns to the TV screen as “The Equalizer”, creating the role of an enigmatic and mysterious man, a loner in the vast streets of New York who make it his job to protect those in need.
Born in Surrey, England, Edward Woodward was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts; he made his west end stage debut in 1954 in “Where There’s A Will.”
His subsequent stage career defies summary. Countless television appearances and performances won him several coveted awards. In 1978 he received the Order of the British Empire for services to the theatre and television. His television awards include the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, The Sun TV Award as “Best Actor of the Year” and various British awards. He has appeared in over 200 television productions, many of them in England, including the title role in the record breaking TV series “Callan”, “Rod of Iron” which won him the 1981 TV Emmy Award, the series “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years,” “Major Barbara,” Love is Forever” with Michael Landon and recently “A Christmas Carol” and “Arthur The King” which aired on CBS. It was the ninty-minute play, “The Brass Player and the Blonde” which extended into a mini-series and became the highest single play rating for 1977.
On the musical side Woodward did “The Edward Woodward Hour” and “Another Edward Woodward Hour” for Thames TV as well as many guest appearances on numerous television musical variety shows. He also recorded eleven LP albums as well as the single “Soldiers of the Queen” and the soundtrack album from the film “Breaker Morant,” which awarded him two “Gold Records” in Australia.
Keith Szarabajka was born on December 2, 1952 in Oak Park, Illinois. He made his TV series debut in the show Miami Vice. He has had a long and successful television career, appearing in several television shows such as Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, Roswell, Angel, 24 and Law & Order amongst many others. He is known for his role as Detective Stephens in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins and for playing Mickey Kostmayer alongside Edward Woodward in The Equalizer.
A little less known fact about Keith is that he has voiced over 50 video game characters and contributed to several audio books, notably Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins.
Before William Zabka began acting at age 10, he was a bit confused as to how show business works. He thought actors had to pay to be on TV or in the movies and he asked his father, “can we afford this?” amused, the answer came back: “Billy, they pay you!”
After doing twenty commercials, Zabka landed his first movie role in Columbia picutures’ “The Karate Kid”, and the only cost to him so far has been the hard work it takes to become a good actor. William played Johnny, the tough lead of a young gang of karate students called The Cobras. He and his friends bully the film’s star Ralph Macchio mercilessly until Macchio gets some help from an old
karate master, played by Noriyuki “Pat” Morita.
Fellow actors describe William as “the nicest person you’ll ever meet.” However, despite his good nature, William Zabka began making a name for himself playing heavies. In Columbia Pictures’ “Just one of the Guys,” Zabka picked up where he left off in the highly successful “The Karate Kid”, playing the weight-lifting high school bully who gave a hard time to the film’s good guys. Later on, he repeated his tough guy image in “Karate Kid II”. Asked if he was concerned about being typecast as a bully, Zabka grins and shakes his head “No.” “That’s the way I was being perceived for a while”, says William. “People who know me realize I’m not like Johnny or Greg Tolan who’s going to go out and beat people up for looking at his girlfriend”. He pauses for a moment, eyes twinkling, and then he can’t resist his own straight line: “I might knock them around a little, but that’s all.” Most recently Zabka landed a recurring role, playing himself in the CBS sitcom, “How I Met your Mother”.