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The Equalizer (TV Series 1985–1989) Poster

(1985–1989)

Trivia

Edward Woodward suffered a heart attack in the summer of 1987. Accordingly, the producers needed to find a quick replacement while Woodward recuperated. Robert Mitchum was brought on as an old friend of Robert McCall who helped McCall's son search for his missing father in the two-part episode, "Mission: McCall." Richard Jordan was also brought on as embittered former operative Harley Gage and stayed for eight more episodes.
During the height of the show's popularity, actor Edward Woodward was often approached on the street by people in need, with situations similar to those depicted in the show. He began carrying flyers with the phone numbers of social services organizations and legal clinics for them to contact.
Edward Woodward was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series five years in a row even though the show aired for four years. The final two episodes were burned off in August 1989 which made him eligible to be nominated in 1990 for the 1989-1990 season.
Melissa Leo guest-starred in one episode of the series. Years later in 2014, she co-starred in the theatrical film remake of the series with Denzel Washington in the title role.
McCall drives a black Jaguar, NY license 5809 AUJ.
According to William Zabka, there were talks of a spin-off series with his character in the starring role but it never materialized.
McCall's main weapon was a .380 Walther PPK/S. He also often uses a Desert Eagle Mark I.
Actor Martin Shaw, who gained fame on the British series The Professionals (1977), turned down the role of Robert McCall on 'The Equalizer'.
It is said that Edward Woodward's appearance in the "The Wickerman" gained him this role. He had previously played in "Callan", a British TV detective show.
McCall's phone number is 212-555-4200.

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