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1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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18 September 1985 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A retired intelligence agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds. Full summary »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 194)

Edward Woodward ... Robert McCall (88 episodes, 1985-1989)

Keith Szarabajka ... Mickey Kostmayer (56 episodes, 1985-1989)
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Series Directed by
Alan Metzger (19 episodes, 1985-1989)
Richard Compton (14 episodes, 1985-1988)
Russ Mayberry (12 episodes, 1985-1989)
Bradford May (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Donald Petrie (5 episodes, 1985-1988)
Marc Laub (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Aaron Lipstadt (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
James A. Contner (3 episodes, 1988)
Rod Holcomb (2 episodes, 1985)
Michael O'Herlihy (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tony Wharmby (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Krasny (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mark Sobel (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Richard Lindheim (88 episodes, 1985-1989)
Michael Sloan (88 episodes, 1985-1989)
Coleman Luck (19 episodes, 1985-1989)
Scott Shepherd (13 episodes, 1986-1988)
Maurice Hurley (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joel Surnow (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert Eisele (9 episodes, 1987-1989)
Carleton Eastlake (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jim Trombetta (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Heywood Gould (3 episodes, 1985)
Jack V. Fogarty (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ed Waters (3 episodes, 1987)
Peter McCabe (3 episodes, 1988)
Gail Morgan Hickman (3 episodes, 1989)
Donna Powers (3 episodes, 1989)
Wayne Powers (3 episodes, 1989)
Tom Towler (3 episodes, 1989)
Charles Grant Craig (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mark Frost (2 episodes, 1986)
Dennis Manuel (2 episodes, 1987)
Robert Crais (2 episodes, 1988)
Kevin Droney (2 episodes, 1988)
Jacqueline Zambrano (2 episodes, 1989)
Victor Hsu (1 episode, 1985)

Series Produced by
James Duff McAdams .... executive producer (87 episodes, 1985-1989)
Coleman Luck .... co-producer / co-executive producer / ... (76 episodes, 1985-1989)
Peter A. Runfolo .... coordinating producer / co-producer: New York (75 episodes, 1986-1989)
Dan Lieberstein .... co-producer: New York / associate producer / ... (55 episodes, 1985-1988)
Ed Waters .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (44 episodes, 1986-1988)
Robert Eisele .... co-producer / co-supervising producer (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
Marc Laub .... producer (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
Stuart Cohen .... supervising producer / supervising producer: New York / ... (40 episodes, 1985-1989)
Scott Shepherd .... co-producer / supervising producer (27 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gail Morgan Hickman .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
JoAnn M. Laub .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Maurice Hurley .... supervising producer / co-producer (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joel Surnow .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Alan Barnette .... producer (20 episodes, 1986-1987)
Stuart Lieberman .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Sobel .... producer (9 episodes, 1988)
Edward Adler .... producer (5 episodes, 1985)
Heywood Gould .... co-executive producer (5 episodes, 1985)
Alan Metzger .... producer (3 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Original Music by
Stewart Copeland (51 episodes, 1985-1987)
Cameron Allan (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Joseph Conlan (6 episodes, 1988)
John Cacavas (5 episodes, 1988)
Bob Christianson (3 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Cinematography by
Geoffrey Erb (73 episodes, 1985-1989)
Alan Metzger (8 episodes, 1985)
Richard C. Kratina (2 episodes, 1985)
David Greene (2 episodes, 1988)

Constantine Makris (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Q. Lovett (27 episodes, 1985-1989)
Marc Laub (14 episodes, 1985-1987)
Gary Karr (13 episodes, 1987-1989)
Norman Gay (12 episodes, 1985-1989)
Scott Vickrey (12 episodes, 1986-1988)
Stanley Warnow (11 episodes, 1985-1987)
Michael R. Miller (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jeffrey Wolf (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Norman Hollyn (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard P. Cirincione (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert M. Reitano (4 episodes, 1989)
Bill Pankow (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lawrence Silk (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Arline Garson (2 episodes, 1986)
Thomas S. Drescher (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Casting by
Lois Planco (87 episodes, 1985-1989)
 
Series Production Design by
Richard Bianchi (76 episodes, 1985-1989)
Jeffrey Beecroft (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Wing Lee (47 episodes, 1985-1988)
Rick Butler (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jeffrey Beecroft (3 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Thomas C. Tonery (39 episodes, 1987-1989)
Caryl Heller (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Linda Wayne (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
John Boxer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joe Cuervo .... makeup artist (86 episodes, 1985-1989)
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist (36 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jerry Masarone .... hair stylist (34 episodes, 1985-1987)
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 1987)
William A. Farley .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Production Management
Diane Foti .... unit production manager (80 episodes, 1985-1989)
Peter A. Runfolo .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1985)
Judith Stevens .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert E. Warren .... first assistant director (36 episodes, 1985-1989)
Ellen H. Schwartz .... second assistant director / first assistant director (26 episodes, 1985-1988)
Nelson Cabrera .... second second assistant director (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Amy Sayres .... second assistant director / first assistant director (12 episodes, 1985-1988)
Alex Kramarchuk .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1986-1989)
Vebe Borge .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ken Ornstein .... first assistant director / second assistant director (8 episodes, 1985-1988)
Dana J. Kuznetzkoff .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 1987-1989)
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 1987-1989)
Matt Fenton .... apprentice assistant director (8 episodes, 1988-1989)
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1985)
Ellen Rauch .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Ingber .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Peter A. Runfolo .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1989)
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1985)
Mark McGann .... second assistant director / first assistant director (3 episodes, 1986-1988)
Ian Woolf .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Kyle McCarthy .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1986-1989)
Richard Patrick .... second assistant director / second second assistant director (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bruce Nalepinski .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
Charles Zalben .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
David Dreyfuss .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1989)

Carla Zackson .... dga trainee (unknown episodes, 1987)
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... first assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes)
Jane Paul .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Linda Skipper .... scenic artist (81 episodes, 1985-1989)
Kevin McCarthy .... set dresser (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
Philip Saccio .... property master (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Eric Stepper .... property master (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
John McDonnell .... property master (5 episodes, 1987)
Warren Jorgensen .... scenic artist (2 episodes, 1986)

Eric Weiler .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Steve Scanlon .... sound mixer (75 episodes, 1985-1989)
Fred Rosenberg .... supervising sound editor (44 episodes, 1986-1988)
James Perdue .... boom operator (40 episodes, 1985-1989)
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor (13 episodes, 1989)
Mike Marcucci .... apprentice sound editor (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Kevin Meehan .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor (2 episodes, 1987)

Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Richard Friedlander .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Kevin Lee .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Gary Parker .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Harry Peck Bolles .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Philip Stockton .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Edward Drohan .... special effects (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Mitch Wilson .... optical effects (88 episodes, 1985-1989)
 
Series Stunts
Harry Madsen .... stunt coordinator (44 episodes, 1985-1987)
Frank Ferrara .... stunt coordinator (40 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gene Harrison .... stunts / stunt double (12 episodes, 1985-1988)
John Cenatiempo .... stunts (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Richard Epper .... stunt double / stunts (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jim Lovelett .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1989)
Rick Shaw .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 1989)

Rick Avery .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Edgard Mourino .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Engels .... gaffer (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bob Brennan .... key grip (42 episodes, 1987-1989)
Alec Hirschfeld .... camera operator (28 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Bauer .... key grip (2 episodes, 1989)
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip (2 episodes, 1989)
John Smith .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1989)

Jack Coffen .... electrician (unknown episodes)
John Dolan .... grip (unknown episodes)
James W. Finnerty .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Raymond Fortune .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Chris Hammond .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Tom Kerwick .... key grip: second unit (unknown episodes)
Sal Lanza .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting (88 episodes, 1985-1989)
Cal Saint John .... casting assistant (9 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Benjamin Wilson .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (40 episodes, 1985-1989)
Guy Tanno .... wardrobe supervisor (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rose Trimarco .... wardrobe supervisor (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Robert Dean Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robin L. Ruth .... wardrobe supervisor (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jan Finnell .... costume shopper (5 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Editorial Department
Valerie Schwartz .... editorial coordinator / assistant film editor / ... (35 episodes, 1985-1987)
JoAnn M. Laub .... post-production coordinator / assistant film editor / ... (23 episodes, 1986-1988)
Stuart Lieberman .... post-production coordinator (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Lisa Delgrosso .... assistant film editor / editorial coordinator (20 episodes, 1985-1988)
Beriau Picard .... assistant film editor (15 episodes, 1985-1987)
Tara Timpone .... assistant film editor (14 episodes, 1986-1989)
Donnamarie Hock .... assistant film editor (14 episodes, 1987-1989)
Anne Sawyer .... assistant film editor (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
William Karpe .... assistant film editor (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Judith Blume .... editorial coordinator (8 episodes, 1985)
Suzanne Pillsbury .... assistant film editor (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tony Grocki .... assistant film editor (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
K.F. Ligammari .... apprentice editor (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mark Juergens .... apprentice editor (4 episodes, 1986)
Joseph Gutowski .... assistant film editor (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Pam Di Fede .... assistant film editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Nick Smith .... apprentice editor (3 episodes, 1989)
Elizabeth Ackerman .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1985)
Maryann Brandon .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1985)
Nicholas Holmes .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1987)
Barbara Minor .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1987)
William Kruzykowski .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1988)

Peter B. Ellis .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Tom San Martin .... negative matcher (unknown episodes)
Arnold Shuster .... negative matcher (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor (47 episodes, 1985-1987)
Stewart Copeland .... theme by (37 episodes, 1986-1989)
Tom Bruno .... music coordinator (37 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jeff Seitz .... music performer (28 episodes, 1986-1987)
Elizabeth Ackerman .... music editor (27 episodes, 1988-1989)
Mike Gormley .... music coordinator: OSS (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Derek Power .... music coordinator: OSS (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Seth Kaplan .... music coordinator: OSS (9 episodes, 1986)
Todd Kasow .... music editor (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
Patrick Mullins .... music editor (5 episodes, 1988)
John Miller .... composer: additional music / composer: jazz music (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain (29 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Other crew
Wendy Chesebrough Lowe .... assistant to executive producer (53 episodes, 1987-1989)
Soomi Marano .... production office coordinator (46 episodes, 1985-1987)
Kim Nielsen .... assistant to executive producer / executive assistant (42 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ira Hurvitz .... script supervisor (29 episodes, 1986-1989)
Sheila Paige .... script supervisor (26 episodes, 1985-1989)
Barbara Stoia .... script supervisor (22 episodes, 1985-1989)
Donna Powers .... story editor (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Wayne Powers .... story editor (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tom Towler .... executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jody Milano Vanderputten .... production office coordinator (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Chris Schutsky .... set location assistant / location assistant (19 episodes, 1985-1989)
Carleton Eastlake .... story editor (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Debra Tanklow .... production office coordinator (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Deborah Lee .... location manager (14 episodes, 1988-1989)
Scott Shepherd .... executive story consultant (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Stan Mendoza .... location manager (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Steve Johnson .... story editor (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jan DeVries .... technical advisor (8 episodes, 1985)
Joanne Small .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1988-1989)
Peter McCabe .... story editor (8 episodes, 1988)
Esther Gordon .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1985)
John Romeo .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1986)
Diane Foti .... production associate (7 episodes, 1989)
Rick Ashman .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1986)
Judith Stevens .... production associate (5 episodes, 1989)
Theodore Gershuny .... story editor (4 episodes, 1985)
Mike Marcucci .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Don Carlos Dunaway .... creative consultant (4 episodes, 1986)
Abdul Malik Abbott .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1987)
Bettiann Fishman .... location manager (4 episodes, 1988)
Quincy Z. Gunderson .... location assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
Dan Frye .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1986)

David Tripet .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 1986)
Tim Tyler .... location assistant (unknown episodes, 1988-1989)
Brett Botula .... location scout (unknown episodes)
Salvatore Carino .... production estimator (unknown episodes)
Adam Cohen .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Kati Johnston .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Gene Kraft .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Adam Lichtenstein .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Barbara Lucey .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Kate McCallum .... assistant to writer (unknown episodes)
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager (unknown episodes)
M. Ross-Michaels .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Aaron Sadovsky .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Michael Sloan .... conceived by (unknown episodes)
Matthew T. Weiner .... location assistant (unknown episodes)
Nadine F. Wilson .... post-production accountant (unknown episodes)
Steven Wren .... location assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Gene Engels .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Caryl Heller .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Edward Iacobelli .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Debra Katz Weber .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Michael T. Miller .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Pastorelli .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Steve Scanlon .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Janet Shaw .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Kenneth Vogt .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Benjamin Wilson .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 1986)
Ernie Palinkas .... this episode is dedicated to the memory of (1 episode, 1987)
 

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46 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Robert McCall was the ultimate chess player!, 13 February 2003
Author: Mark C. Robinson from Takoma Park, MD

"The Equalizer" was an action-adventure TV series unlike any that I had ever seen before. It effectively mixed espionage, crime drama, and the private eye genres into a wonderful film noir package. Robert McCall (played to perfection by Edward Woodward) was no Mike Hammer, nor was he meant to be. He relied more on brains than brawn and his plans worked like a game of chess. Whether he attended an embassy affair or was running down a lead on a guns dealer in the South Bronx, McCall seemed right at home.

Disenchanted with his cloak-and-dagger life in the CIA, and perhaps seeking some redemption for some of his darker exploits in the name of God and Country, he broke away from "the Company," and offered his services to people in trouble.

McCall's strength was his abilities as a strategist and tactician. Although he was quite able in shootouts and fisticuffs, he tended to leave the rough stuff to other operatives who sometimes took time off from their day jobs (usually in the CIA) to work for McCall. One of his most trusted colleagues was his comrade-in-arms Mickey Kostmeyer (played by Keith Szarabajka), a Company man who seemed willing to dive into any dangerous situation for the thrill.

Although McCall resigned from the CIA, he continued to maintain contact with his friend and former boss, a man known only as Control (played by Robert Lansing). There is a history of camraderie between Control and McCall, but Control's job tends to get in the way of that friendship. When one of Control's operations involved lying to McCall, and McCall confronted him, Control's only response was, "It's what I do for a living, Robert."

All in all, a wonderful show with high production values. I'm only sorry it lasted four seasons.

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