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Joss Ackland

Biography

British film and television actor who performed a unforgettable role in the 1959 film, A Midsummer Night’s Desire. His tasks in Lethal Tool 2, The Sicilian, as well as the Hunt for Crimson Oct bolstered his popularity. He studied in the Central College of Conversation and Theatre. He released a publication of his past due wife’s journal entries in ’09 2009. He was wedded to Rosemary Kirkcaldy from 1951 until her loss of life in 2002 plus they had seven kids collectively. He starred reverse Elaine Paige in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Evita.

Quick Facts


Full Name Joss Ackland
Date Of Birth February 29, 1928
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Nationality British
Spouse Rosemary Kirkcaldy
Children Paul Ackland, Antonia Ackland, Samantha Ackland, Toby Ackland, Penelope Ackland, Melanie Ackland, Kirsty Ackland
Parents Sydney Norman Ackland, Ruth Ackland
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival
Movies Lethal Weapon 2, The Mighty Ducks, The Hunt for Red October, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, White Mischief, The Sicilian, K-19: The Widowmaker, Nowhere to Run, Flawless, The Little Prince, A Kid in King Arthur's Court, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Operation Daybreak, A Zed & Two Noughts, Surviving Picasso, Passion of Mind, Citizen X, The House That Dripped Blood, No Good Deed, Firelight, Swept from the Sea, The Apple, A Murder of Quality, Saint Jack, S*P*Y*S, Hitler: The Last Ten Days, The Happiness Cage, Once Upon a Crime, To Kill a Priest, The Object of Beauty, The Three Musketeers, Lady Jane, Decline of an Empire, Royal Flash, The Princess and the Goblin, Prisoners of the Sun, How About You, It Couldn't Happen Here, Moscow Zero, The Palermo Connection, Giorgino, One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Silver Bears, Jekyll & Hyde, Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, A Woman Named Jackie, Miracle on 34th Street, I'll Be There, Crescendo, England Made Me
TV Shows The Crezz, A Woman Named Jackie, Ashenden, Heat of the Sun, Henry VIII, Above and Beyond, Hogfather, Crusoe, Pinocchio, Codename: Kyril, The Ascent of Man, Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls, A Killing on the Exchange, The Further Adventures of the Three Musketeers, White Bear's Secret, A Question of Guilt, The Man Who Lived at the Ritz
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#Fact
1He dubbed the voice of chaerea (paolo bonacelli) in the english language version of 'caligula'.
2Joss Ackland has made two appearances in two filmed John le Carré adaptations. The first was in an episode of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) [See: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Smiley Sets a Trap (1979)] and the second and final appearance was in the tele-movie A Murder of Quality (1991). Ackland appeared in each type of television adaptation of a John le Carré novel, both a tele-movie and a TV mini-series. The two TV productions were made and first broadcast around a dozen years apart.
3He has two roles in common with Michael York: (1) Ackland played d'Artagnan in The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967) while York played him in The Three Musketeers (1973) (in which Ackland played his father), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974), The Return of the Musketeers (1989) and La Femme Musketeer (2004) and (2) Ackland played King Arthur in A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) while York played him in The Wonderful World of Disney: A Knight in Camelot (1998).
4He played d'Artagnan in The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967) and his father in The Three Musketeers (1973).
5He was considered for the roles of Dr. Hans Fallada, Dr. Bukovsky and Sir Percy Heseltine in Lifeforce (1985). The roles eventually went to Frank Finlay, Michael Gothard and Aubrey Morris respectively.
6Performed (with Denholm Elliott) the first gay kiss seen on a West End stage in John Mortimer's play Bermondsey in 1971.
7Grandfather of Polly Cameron.
8Grandfather-in-law of Shaun Dooley.
9He has an entry in "Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs" by Jean Tulard, published in Paris in 2007 (page 11).
10Frequently cast as Russian dignitaries or bureaucrats.
11On the "BBC Desert Island Discs" radio program broadcast in August 2001, Ackland picked the music he would want with him if he was stranded on a desert island. His picks were, in apparently ascending order: - 1. Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending", Nigel Kennedy with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle - 2. "Bailero" from "Songs of the Auvergne", Victoria de los Angeles with Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux conducted by Jean-Pierre Jacquillat - 3. "Moon River" sung by Audrey Hepburn - 4. Stephen Sondheim's "Children Will Listen" from "Into the Woods", performed by Bernadette Peters - 5. Nina Simone's cover of "Mr. Bojangles" - 6. Sondheim's "Losing My Mind", sung by Barbara Cook - 7. Jean Sibelius' "Violin Concerto", Ivry Gitlis with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jascha Horenstein - 8. Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt's "My Cup Runneth Over", performed by Mary Martin and Robert Preston. Ackland said that if he was limited to just one record, it would be No. 8, "My Cup Runneth Over". For books, in addition to The Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare, he would want Samuel Pepys's Diary. His luxury would be a huge jar of licorice.
12His son, Paul, worked as a builder.
13Has five daughters (Melanie, Antonia, Penelope, Samantha and Kirsty) and one son (Toby). His eldest son, Paul, died of a heroin overdose in 1982.
14He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
15He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Olympus Force: The Key1988George Grossopoulos
To Kill a Priest1988Colonel
Codename: Kyril1988TV Mini-Series'C'
Tales of the Unexpected1980-1988TV SeriesColonel George Peregrine / Jack Cutler
When We Are Married1987TV MovieHenry Ormonroyd
White Mischief1987'Jock' Delves Broughton
It Couldn't Happen Here1987Priest / murderer
Pet Shop Boys: Always on My Mind1987Video shortEccentric Passenger
The Sicilian1987Don Masino Croce
A Killing on the Exchange1987TV Mini-SeriesSir Max Sillman
Queenie1987TV SeriesSir Burton Rumsey
Omnibus1986TV Series documentaryRodin
The Great White Mountain1986TV MovieJoseph Paccard
Lady Jane1986Sir John Bridges
Shadowlands1985TV MovieC.S. Lewis
A Zed & Two Noughts1985Van Hoyten
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes1985TV SeriesJephro Rucastle
The Tragedy of Coriolanus1984TV MovieMenenius
Shroud for a Nightingale1984TV Mini-SeriesStephen Courtney-Briggs, surgeon
The Barretts of Wimpole Street1982TV MovieEdward Moulton-Barrett
Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull1982TV Mini-SeriesMr. Twentyman
BBC2 Playhouse1981TV SeriesFather / Major Orpen
Thicker Than Water1981TV SeriesJoseph Lockwood
Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective1981TV MovieChief Insp. Yardbird
The Apple1980Mr. Topps Hippie Leader
The Gentle Touch1980TV SeriesIvor Stocker
Closing Ranks1980TV MovieVictor Rogachev
Rough Cut1980Insp. Vanderveld
The Love Tapes1980TV MovieNarrator (voice, uncredited)
A Question of Guilt1980TV SeriesSamuel Kent Mr. Kent
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square1979Prison Warden (uncredited)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy1979TV Mini-SeriesJerry Westerby
Caligula1979Chaerea (voice, uncredited)
Turtle's Progress1979TV SeriesBenny D-Day
Saint Jack1979Yardley
The Sweeney1978TV SeriesAlan Ember
Watership Down1978Black Rabbit (voice)
Return of the Saint1978TV SeriesGunther
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?1978Cantrell
The Greek Tycoon1978uncredited
Enemy at the Door1978TV SeriesMajor General Laidlaw
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It1977President
Silver Bears1977Henry Foreman
The Crezz1976TV SeriesCharles Bronte
Centre Play1976TV SeriesDoctor
Operation: Daybreak1975Janák
Royal Flash1975Sapten
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing1975B.J. Spence
Great Expectations1974TV MovieJoe Gargery
The Little Prince1974The King
Miss Nightingale1974TV MovieLord Palmerston
S*P*Y*S1974Martinson
The Black Windmill1974Chief Supt. Wray
The Protectors1974TV SeriesArthur Gordon
The Three Musketeers1973D'Artagnan's Father
Great Mysteries1973TV SeriesDetective Inspector Hud
England Made Me1973Haller
Penny Gold1973Jones
Hitler: The Last Ten Days1973General Burgdorf
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes1973TV SeriesGrubber
Play for Today1970-1973TV SeriesMalcolmson / Ellis Cripper / Albert
Six Faces1972TV SeriesHarry Mellor
Country Matters1972TV Mini-SeriesPotter-Jones
The Mind Snatchers1972TV MovieDr. Frederick
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1972TV SeriesCouncillor Horne
Thirty-Minute Theatre1971-1972TV SeriesThe Man / The Applicant
The Persuaders!1972TV SeriesFelix Meadowes
Justice1972TV SeriesSir Robert Beste
Cry of the Penguins1971Head of Board
Shirley's World1971TV SeriesInspector Vaughn
Villain1971Edgar Lowis
The House That Dripped Blood1971Neville Rogers (segment 2 "Waxworks")
Crescendo1970Carter
BBC Play of the Month1966-1970TV SeriesChebutykin Charley
Canterbury Tales1969TV SeriesHost
W. Somerset Maugham1969TV SeriesHarold Bannon
The Gold Robbers1969TV Mini-SeriesDerek Hartford
The Avengers1969TV SeriesBrigadier Hansing
Z Cars1964-1968TV SeriesDet. Insp. Todd / Mr. Shields
Mystery and Imagination1966-1968TV SeriesMr. Smedhurst / Herr Scavenius
Mogul1966-1968TV SeriesSam Jardine / Lewis / Considine / ...
The Wednesday Play1965-1967TV SeriesCornelius / Tom Gorbet
Trapped1967TV Series
The Further Adventures of the Musketeers1967TV Seriesd'Artagnan
Armchair Theatre1965-1967TV SeriesMr Green / Frank Penfold
Theatre 6251965-1966TV SeriesJohn Hinks / Fred / Hockey Jagger
Thirteen Against Fate1966TV SeriesBernard Jeantet
Lord Raingo1966TV SeriesTom Hogarth
David Copperfield1966TV SeriesMr. Peggotty
Dr. Finlay's Casebook1966TV SeriesJohn MacEwan
Rasputin: The Mad Monk1966The Bishop
No Hiding Place1965TV SeriesSam
The Good Soldier Schweik1965TV MovieChaplain / Police Sergeant
Blackmail1965TV SeriesCharles Lorrimer
Gaslight Theatre1965TV SeriesThe Jibbenainosay / Bloody Nathan / A missing Aristocrat
Londoners1965TV SeriesAngus Grahame
Sherlock Holmes1965TV SeriesHon. Philip Green
The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling1964TV SeriesWilliam Stevens
Detective1964TV SeriesJasper Garnette
First Night1964TV SeriesWill Dent / Norman
In Search of the Castaways1962Yacht Seaman (uncredited)
About Religion1961TV SeriesThe coroner
ITV Play of the Week1959-1961TV SeriesAdrian / Briggs
On Trial1960TV SeriesMr. Plumer
A Midsummer Night's Dream1959Quince (voice)
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV SeriesMarcellus
Next to No Time1958Turkish Bath Attendant (uncredited)
Destination Downing Street1957TV SeriesImmelmann
Ghost Ship1952Ron, 2nd Fisherman
Seven Days to Noon1950Station Policeman (uncredited)
Landfall1949O'Neil (uncredited)
Aeris2014ShortThe Narrator
Katherine of Alexandria2014Rufus
The Portrait2014/IIShortHenry Winter
Prisoners of the Sun2013Prof. Mendella
The Boy with Chocolate Fingers2011ShortNarrator (voice)
The Stain2011ShortNarrator (voice)
Crusoe2008-2010TV SeriesJudge Jefferies
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey2009Video GameEnglish Voice (voice)
Pinocchio2008TV MovieMastro Ciliegia
How About You...2007Donald Vanston
Flawless2007MKA
Kingdom2007TV SeriesMr. John Narbutowicz
Hogfather2006TV MovieMustrum Ridcully
Above and Beyond2006TV Mini-SeriesWinston Churchill / Winston Churhcill
Moscow Zero2006Tolstoy
Midsomer Murders2006TV SeriesSir Freddy Butler
These Foolish Things2005Albert
The Christmas Eve Snowfall2005ShortNarrator
Icon2005TV MovieGeneral Nikolayev
Asylum2005Jack Straffen
A Different Loyalty2004Randolph Cauffield
Henry VIII2003TV MovieHenry VII
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness2003Video GamePieter Van Eckhardt (voice)
I'll Be There2003Evil Edmonds - The BeeLzeeBOPS
Lionheart: The Crusade2003TV MovieNarrator
K-19: The Widowmaker2002Marshal Zelentsov
No Good Deed2002Mr. Quarre
Othello2001TV MovieJames Brabant
Lounge Act2000Short voice
The Mumbo Jumbo2000Mayor Smith
Gioco di specchi2000TV MovieBennet
Tales from the Madhouse2000TV Mini-SeriesBarabbas
Passion of Mind2000Dr. Langer
Milk1999/IVicar
My Giant1998Monsignor Popescu (uncredited)
Heat of the Sun1998TV Mini-SeriesMax Van der Vuurst
Il figlio di Sandokan1998TV Mini-Series
Firelight1997Lord Clare
Swept from the Sea1997Mr. Swaffer
Testament: The Bible in Animation1996TV SeriesSamuel Noah
To the Ends of Time1996TV MovieKing Francis
D3: The Mighty Ducks1996Hans
Surviving Picasso1996Henri Matisse
Screen Two1993-1996TV SeriesCaptain / Sir Charles (Archie) Peverall
Hidden in Silence1996TV MovieGerman factory manager
Daisies in December1995TV MovieGerald Carmody
A Kid in King Arthur's Court1995King Arthur
Mad Dogs and Englishmen1995Insp. Sam Stringer
Citizen X1995TV MovieBondarchuk
OcchioPinocchio1994Brando
Jacob1994TV MovieIsaac
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales1994TV Mini-SeriesCaesar
Miracle on 34th Street1994Victor Landbergh (uncredited)
Giorgino1994Father Glaise
Citizen Locke1994TV MovieLord Ashley
Mother's Boys1993Lansing, Jude's Attorney
The Thief and the Cobbler1993Brigand (voice)
Nowhere to Run1993Franklin Hale
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles1992TV SeriesThe Prussian
The Mighty Ducks1992Hans
Shadowchaser1992VideoKinderman
White Bear's Secret1992TV MovieBrown Bear (voice)
Once Upon a Crime...1992Hercules Popodopoulos
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls1992TV MovieKing Edward
The Bridge1992Smithson
Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors1991TV MovieLewis Serrocold
Brown Bear's Wedding1991TV MovieBrown Bear (voice)
The Princess and the Goblin1991King Papa (voice)
Ashenden1991TV Mini-SeriesCumming
A Murder of Quality1991TV MovieTerence Fielding
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey1991De Nomolos
The Object of Beauty1991Mr. Mercer
The Sheltering Desert1991Col. Johnston
A Woman Named Jackie1991TV Mini-SeriesAristoteles Onassis
Tre colonne in cronaca1990Gaetano Leporino - il finanziere
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming1990TV MovieGen. Gerhard Hellstein
The Hunt for Red October1990Andrei Lysenko
Dimenticare Palermo1990Uomo di Potere
Jekyll & Hyde1990TV MovieDr. Charles Lanyon
First and Last1989TV MovieAlan Holly
Lethal Weapon 21989Arjen Rudd
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz1989TV MovieHermann Goering
The Justice Game1989TV SeriesSir James Crichton
A Quiet Conspiracy1989TV Mini-SeriesTheo Carter

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'll Be There2003performer: "Jungle Rock" - as Evil Edmunds and The BeeLzeeBOP / performer: "Red Hot", "Trouble", "Ubangi Stomp" - as Evil Edmunds and The BeeLzeeBOPS
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey1991performer: "THE REAPER RAP"
The Apple1980performer: "Child of Love"
The Little Prince1974performer: "You're A Child"
S*P*Y*S1974performer: "America the Beautiful" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
From Stage to Screen2016DocumentaryHimself
Soho Remembers, Extracts FromThe Recollections of Harold Lun2014Documentary shortNarrator
Loose Women2012TV SeriesHimself
Dear Diary2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The One Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2008TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2006TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Actor2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Victory in Europe in Colour2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Ghostly Tales of the Unexpected2004TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Lads Army2004TV SeriesHimself
The Adventure of English2003TV Mini-Series documentaryBible Readings
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Painting Faces2001Himself
This Is Your Life1976-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
What a Performance!2000TV SeriesHimself
The Story of the SAS1999Video documentaryNarrator
Natural World1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Joan Miró: Constellations - The Color of Poetry1994Documentary voice
Mozart 19911992Documentary shortNarrator
Horizon1990TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Looks Familiar1982-1984TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The World About Us1982TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Romer's Egypt1982TV Series documentaryHimself (1982) (voice)
The Lively Arts1976TV Series documentaryHarold 'Mitch' Mitchell in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
Call My Bluff1976TV SeriesHimself
Aquarius1974TV Series documentaryStage actor
2nd House1974TV SeriesHimself, reading poetry
Heading for Glory1974DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Ascent of Man1973TV Mini-Series documentaryQuotations (voice) / Quotations
Portrait of a People: Impressions of Britain1970Documentary shortCommentator
Preserving the Wasa1966Documentary shortHimself - Commentator

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ted Kotcheff's Gourmet Cinema2011Video documentaryCantrell (uncredited)
Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pet Shop Boys: Pop Art - The Videos2003VideoOdd Passenger (video "Always On My Mind") (uncredited)
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service1999VideoThe Prussian
Pet Shop Boys: Videography1991VideoOdd Passenger (video "Always On My Mind") (uncredited)
Showbusiness1988Video documentary shortMan (video: "Always On My Mind") (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesSeaman on Yacht
The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge1974D'Artagnan'Father (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesAshenden (1991)
1990BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorFirst and Last (1989)
1989BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleWhite Mischief (1987)


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#Quote
1I was in Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1995), with Liz Hurley [Elizabeth Hurley], which was God-awful and quite rightly torn to shreds. Then there was Passion of Mind (2000) last year with Demi Moore. Terrible script. Awful, actually, but I needed the money. She's alright, not very bright or talented. I imagine she and Bruce Willis together were a joy to behold.
2I do an awful lot of crap, but if it's not immoral, I don't mind. I'm a workaholic.
3I'm so tired of not being able to make a movie without a car chase, or the villain dying twice. It's all exactly the same.

#Trademark
1Deep, distinctive voice

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