Joss Ackland, the veteran British actor who was known for starring in “White Mischief” and “Lethal Weapon 2,” died on Sunday at the age of 95.
The actor died “peacefully” and was “surrounded by family”, according to a statement given to the PA news agency.
It added: “With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and gravitas to his roles. He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.”
Who was Joss Ackland?
Joss Ackland is an English actor, regarded as one of the greatest character actors of all time. He has been active in the entertainment industry for more than six decades.
During his time in the industry, he has acted in more than 130 films and TV series, mostly in cameo roles.
He started his career in the 50s, and in the following years, worked with a number of local theater troupes.
The 1966 TV serial ‘David Copperfield’ turned out to be a major acting break for him and brought him into the limelight.
Following this, he worked in numerous projects. Some of the well-known titles from his vast work on television are ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ ‘Hogfather,’ ‘A Killing on the Exchange,’ ‘Henry VIII,’ and ‘Icon.
He has also been part of many films, such as ‘Lethal Weapon 2,’ ‘Flawless,’ and ‘White Mischief.’ He also received a ‘BAFTA’ nomination for his role in the film ‘White Mischief.
Joss Ackland was born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland in North Kensington, London, England, on February 29, 1928, to Ruth and Sydney Norman.
His father was a journalist and suffered from sex addiction, which caused immense trouble in their household and eventually led to Joss’ parents not talking to each other for a long time.
However, Joss seemed unaffected by the problems at home. He was a creative kid, who also happened to be good in academics. Sometime during his school days, he fell in love with acting.
During the 30s, Europe’s film scene was flourishing and enjoying a new wave. Joss was fascinated by this. With time, his dream of being an actor only grew intense.
After graduating from the ‘Central School of Speech and Drama’ he joined a local theater group to train himself as an actor, but he was always low on confidence regarding his skills.
He trained for a couple of more years, but he gradually started losing interest in it. During this time, he also did some minor roles, which remained uncredited.
His wife, Rosemary Kirkcaldy, also an actor, she refueled his desire of becoming an actor. However, shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Kenya to start their tea plantation business.
After finding Kenya unsafe to live in, they moved to Cape Town, South Africa, a British colony at that time.
They also experimented with acting, while in South Africa. However, by the late 50s, they were back in England and were keen on starting afresh.
Joss Ackland had a long and illustrious career as an English actor who appeared in more than 130 film and television roles. Here is a brief summary of his career highlights:
He made his professional stage debut in 1945, at the age of 17, in The Hasty Heart.
He joined the Old Vic company in 1957, after spending two years in Africa, where he managed a tea plantation and wrote plays.
He became an associate director of the Mermaid Theatre from 1962 to 1964.
He starred in several West End musicals, such as Peter Pan, Evita, and The Rocky Horror Show.
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for portraying Jock Delves Broughton in White Mischief (1987).
He played C. S. Lewis in the television version of Shadowlands (1986), which was later adapted into a stage play and a film.
He appeared as a villain in many films, such as Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991).
He was awarded the Commander of the British Empire on the New Year’s Honours List in 2000 for his 50 years of service to the English stage, cinema and television.
Joss Ackland net worth
Joss Ackland was an English retired actor who had a net worth of $20 million in 2023.
He made his fortune from his long and successful career in film, television, and theatre.
He appeared in more than 130 film and television roles in his six-decade career.
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