Joss Ackland

Biography

Joss Ackland, the distinguished English actor who has appeared in over one hundred movies, scores of plays, and a plethora of television programs in his six-decade career, was born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on February 29, 1928 in North Kensington, London. After attending London's Central School of Speech and Drama, the 17-year-old Ackland made his professional stage debut in "The Hasty Heart" in 1945. Although he first appeared on film in the Boulting Brothers' Oscar-winning thriller Seven Days to Noon (1950) in an uncredited bit role and made his credited debut in a supporting role in Vernon Sewell's Ghost Ship (1952), he would not again grace the big screen until the end of the decade. Instead, Ackland spent the latter half of the 1940s and the first half of the 1950s honing his craft in regional theatrical companies. In 1955, Ackland left the English stage behind and moved to Africa to manage a tea plantation, an experience that likely informed his heralded performance twenty years later in White Mischief (1988). In his two years in Africa, he wrote plays and did service as a disc jockey on the radio. Upon his return to England in 1957, Ackland joined the Old Vic company. From 1962 through 1964, he served as associate director of the Mermaid Theatre. Subsequently, his stage acting career primarily was in London's commercial West End theater, where he made a name for himself in musicals. He was distinguished as Captain Hook in the musical version of "Peter Pan" and as Juan Peron in "Evita". In the straight theater, he was a memorable Falstaff in Shakespeare's "Henry IV Parts 1 & 2" and as Captain Shotover in Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House". In the 1960s, Ackland began appearing more regularly in films, and his career as a movie character actor picked up rapidly in the '70s and began to flourish in the 1980s. It has shown little sign of abating in the 21st century, even though he's well into his seventies. In addition to his performance in "White Mischief" among his more notable turns as an actor before the camera came in the BBC-TV production of Shadowlands (1985) (TV), in which he played C.S. Lewis, and in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), as the South African heavy. He is the father of seven children, whom he listed as his "hobby" in a 1981 interview. On December 31, 2000, Joss Ackland was named a Commander of the British Empire on the New Year's Honours List for his 50 years of service to the English stage, cinema and television.

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Birth Name

Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland

Birth Place

North Kensington, Londres, Reino Unido

Birth Date

2/29/1928

Death Date

11/19/2023
Known For
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Lethal Weapon 2

Arjen Rudd

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The Mighty Ducks

Hans

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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

De Nomolos

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The Little Prince

The King

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The Sicilian

Don Masino Croce

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A Kid in King Arthur's Court

King Arthur

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Henry VIII

Henry VII

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Surviving Picasso

Henri Matisse

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The Princess and the Goblin

King Papa (voice)

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Decline of an Empire

Rufus

Starring In
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Decline of an Empire

Rufus

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Prisoners of the Sun

Prof. Mendella

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Pinocchio

Mastro Ciliegia

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Flawless

MKA

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In Search of the Great Beast 666

Narrator

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Pet Shop Boys: Life in Pop

Himself (archive footage)

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Moscow Zero

Tolstoy

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Above and Beyond

Winston Churchill (unknown episodes)

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Icon

General Nikolayev

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Asylum

Jack Straffen

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A Different Loyalty

Randolph Cauffield

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I'll Be There

Vocals, The BeelzeeBOPS

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Henry VIII

Henry VII

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Pet Shop Boys - Pop Art - The Videos

Odd Passenger (video "Always On My Mind") (archive footage) (uncredited)

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No Good Deed

Mr. Quarre

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K-19: The Widowmaker

Marshal Zelentsov

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Othello

James Brabant

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Passion of Mind

Dr. Langer

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service

The Prussian (archive footage)

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Since You've Been Gone

D'Artagnan's Father

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Firelight

Lord Clare

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My Giant

Monsignor Popescu (uncredited)

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Swept from The Sea

Mr. Swaffer

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Surviving Picasso

Henri Matisse

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Hidden in Silence

German factory manager

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D3: The Mighty Ducks

Hans

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Deadly Voyage

Captain

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To the Ends of Time

King Francis

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Shameless

Insp. Sam Stringer

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Citizen X

Bondarchuk

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A Kid in King Arthur's Court

King Arthur

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Giorgino

Father Glaise

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Mother's Boys

Lansing, Jude's Attorney

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The Bible - Jacob

Isaac

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OcchioPinocchio

Brando

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Nowhere to Run

Franklin Hale

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The Thief and the Cobbler

Brigand (voice)

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Once Upon a Crime

Hercules Popodopoulos

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The Mighty Ducks

Hans

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Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls

King Edward

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Shadowchaser

Kinderman

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A Murder Of Quality

Terence Fielding

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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

De Nomolos

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The Princess and the Goblin

King Papa (voice)

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The Object of Beauty

Mr. Mercer

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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors

Lewis Serrocold

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Tre colonne in cronaca

Gaetano Leporino

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The Hunt for Red October

Andrei Lysenko

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Spymaker

Gen. Gerhard Hellstein

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Jekyll & Hyde

Dr. Charles Lanyon

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Palermo

Uomo di Potere

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Lethal Weapon 2

Arjen Rudd

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To Kill a Priest

Colonel

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White Mischief

'Jock' Delves Broughton

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It Couldn't Happen Here

Priest / murderer

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The Sicilian

Don Masino Croce

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Lady Jane

Sir John Bridges

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A Zed And Two Noughts

Van Hoyten

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C.S. Lewis: Through the Shadowlands

C.S. Lewis

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Tales of the Unexpected, Set 1

Colonel George Peregrine / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1988)

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Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective

Chief Insp. Yardbird

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The Apple

Hippie Leader / Mr. Topps

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Rough Cut

Insp. Vanderveld

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Caligula

Chaerea (voice) (uncredited)

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Saint Jack

Yardley

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Prison Warden (uncredited)

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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

Cantrell

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Watership Down

Black Rabbit (voice)

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Silver Bears

Henry Foreman

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The Greek Tycoon

(uncredited)

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The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It

President

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Royal Flash

Sapten

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One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing

B.J. Spence

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Operation: Daybreak

Janák

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The Black Windmill

Chief Supt. Wray

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The Little Prince

The King

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Great Expectations

Joe Gargery

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S*P*Y*S

Martinson

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Rape of the Third Reich

Haller

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The Three Musketeers

D'Artagnan's Father

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Penny Gold

Jones

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Hitler: The Last Ten Days

General Burgdorf

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The Demon Within

Dr. Frederick

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Cry of the Penguins

The Leader

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The House That Dripped Blood

Neville Rogers (segment "Waxworks")

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Villain

Edgar Lowis

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Crescendo

Carter

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Rasputin: The Mad Monk

The Bishop

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In Search of the Castaways

Seaman on yacht (uncredited)

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Next to No Time

Turkish Bath Attendant (uncredited)

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Ghost Ship

Ron, 2nd Fisherman

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Seven Days to Noon

Station Policeman (uncredited)

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These Foolish Things

Albert

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