From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Edward Woodward (1 june 1930 - 16 november 2009) was a British actor and singer who is known for his starring role in the British cult film The Wicker Man and in the American television series The Equalizer.
In 1968, Edward Woodward played the role of John Mason in the episode Shoscombe Old Place of the Sherlock Holmes series with Peter Cushing (Holmes). Note that this same year he was also the knight Auguste Dupin in the TV adaptation of The Murders in the Rue Morgue in the Detective series.
In 1990, he played the role of Sherlock Holmes in the TV movie Hands of a Murderer with John Hillerman as Watson. According to Charles E. Pogue, screenwriter, "Edward Woodward was not enough skinny to interpret Holmes and John Hillerman played an almost somnambulistic doctor." "Both have admitted in the press that they had not read a lot of Sherlock Holmes to prepare their role."