Joss Ackland Biography

Birthday: 1928-02-29
Place of Birth: North Kensington, London
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: Joss Ackland, the distinguished English actor who has appeared in over 100 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 John Boulting's and Roy Boulting's Oscar-winning thriller Seven Days to Noon (1950) in an uncredited bit role, he 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 he left the English stage behind and moved to Africa to manage a tea plantation, an experience that likely informed his heralded performance 20 years later in White Mischief (1987). In his two years in Africa he wrote plays and did service as a radio disc jockey. Upon his return to England in 1957, he joined the Old Vic company. From 1962-64 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 William Shakespeare's "Henry IV Parts 1 & 2" and as Captain Shotover in George 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 1970s 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 70s. 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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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Crezz Charles Bronte 1976
A Woman Named Jackie Aristoteles Onassis 1991 Drama
Mighty Ducks Hans 1992 Action
Testament: The Bible in Animation Noah 1996 Animation
Playboy's Coeds Himself 2010
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The House That Dripped Blood 1971
Hitler: The Last Ten Days Gen. Burgdorf 1973
The Black Windmill 1974 Thriller
S*P*Y*S 1974 Action, Comedy
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing 1975 Family, Adventure, Comedy
Royal Flash 1975
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1978 Comedy, Mystery, Crime
Saint Jack 1979
White Mischief 'Jock' Delves Broughton 1987
The Sicilian 1987 Action, Crime, Drama
It Couldn't Happen Here Priest / murderer 1988 Adventure, Drama, Musical
Lethal Weapon 2 Arjen Rudd 1989 0, 0, Comedy
To Kill a Priest Colonel 1989 Drama, History, Thriller
Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming 1990
Dimenticare Palermo 1990 Thriller
The Hunt for Red October Andrei Lysenko 1990 Action, Adventure, Thriller
Tre colonne in cronaca Gaetano Leporino - il finanziere 1990 Crime, Drama
The Object of Beauty 1991 Crime, Comedy, Drama
The Mighty Ducks Hans 1992 0, 0, 0
The Bridge Smithson 1992 Drama, Romance
Once Upon a Crime... 1992 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Nowhere to Run 1993 Action, Romance, Drama
Olympus Force: The Key George Grossopoulos 1993 Action, Drama
Jacob Isaac 1994
The Princess and the Goblin 1994 Animation, Fantasy
Mad Dogs And Englishmen Insp. Sam Stringer 1995 Biography, 0
Citizen X Bondarchuk 1995 Crime, Drama
A Kid in King Arthur's Court King Arthur 1995
Surviving Picasso Henri Matisse 1996
D3: The Mighty Ducks 1996 Action, Comedy, Drama
Firelight 1997 Biography
Swept from the Sea 1998 0
Passion of Mind 2000 0, Biography
The Mumbo Jumbo Mayor Smith 2000 Comedy
Painting Faces Himself 2001
Milk The Vicar 2001 Comedy, Drama
K-19: The Widowmaker Marshal Zelentstov 2002
I'll Be There Evil Edmonds 2003 0, 0
Moscow Zero Tolstoy 2007 Action, Drama, Horror
How About You Donald Vanston 2007 Comedy, Drama
Prisoners of the Sun Prof. Mendella 2013 Action, Adventure, Horror
No Good Deed 2014 Comedy, Game Show
Katherine of Alexandria Rufus 2014 0, 0
The Little Prince The King 2015 0, Drama, 0, 0