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Joss Ackland


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 ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 2 Arjen Rudd
(1989)
The Hunt for Red October
The Hunt for Red October Andrei Lysenko
(1990)
The Mighty Ducks
(1992)
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
(1991)

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 2008-2010 Crusoe (TV Series)
Judge Jefferies
 2008 Pinocchio (TV Movie)
Mastro Ciliegia
 2006 Hogfather (TV Movie)
Mustrum Ridcully
 2006 Above and Beyond (TV Mini-Series)
Winston Churchill / Winston Churhcill
- Part 2 (2006) ... Winston Churchill
- Part 1 ... Winston Churhcill
 2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Sir Freddy Butler
- Vixen's Run (2006) ... Sir Freddy Butler
 2005 Icon (TV Movie)
General Nikolayev
 2003 Henry VIII (TV Movie)
Henry VII
 2003 Lionheart: The Crusade (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2001 Othello (TV Movie)
James Brabant
 2000 Gioco di specchi (TV Movie)
Bennet
 2000 Tales from the Madhouse (TV Mini-Series)
Barabbas
 1998 Heat of the Sun (TV Mini-Series)
Max Van der Vuurst
- The Sport of Kings (1998) ... Max Van der Vuurst
 1998 Il figlio di Sandokan (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1998)
- Episode #1.2 (1998)
 1996 Testament: The Bible in Animation (TV Series)
Samuel / Noah
- David and Saul (1996) ... Samuel (voice)
- Creation and the Flood (1996) ... Noah (voice)
 1996 To the Ends of Time (TV Movie)
King Francis
 1993-1996 Screen Two (TV Series)
Captain / Sir Charles (Archie) Peverall
- Deadly Voyage (1996) ... Captain
- Voices in the Garden (1993) ... Sir Charles (Archie) Peverall
 1996 Hidden in Silence (TV Movie)
German factory manager
 1995 Daisies in December (TV Movie)
Gerald Carmody
 1995 Citizen X (TV Movie)
Bondarchuk
 1994 Jacob (TV Movie)
Isaac
 1994 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Caesar
- Julius Caesar (1994) ... Caesar (voice)
 1994 Citizen Locke (TV Movie)
Lord Ashley
 1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
The Prussian
- Austria, March 1917 (1992) ... The Prussian
 1992 White Bear's Secret (TV Movie)
Brown Bear (voice)
 1991 Brown Bear's Wedding (TV Movie)
Brown Bear (voice)
 1991 Ashenden (TV Mini-Series)
Cumming
- The Hairless Mexican (1991) ... Cumming
- Mr Harrington's Washing (1991) ... Cumming
- The Traitor (1991) ... Cumming
- The Dark Woman (1991) ... Cumming
 1991 A Murder of Quality (TV Movie)
Terence Fielding
 1991 A Woman Named Jackie (TV Mini-Series)
Aristoteles Onassis
- The Bouvier Years (1991) ... Aristoteles Onassis (credit only)
- The Onassis Years (1991) ... Aristoteles Onassis (credit only)
 1990 Jekyll & Hyde (TV Movie)
Dr. Charles Lanyon
 1989 First and Last (TV Movie)
Alan Holly
 1989 A Quiet Conspiracy (TV Mini-Series)
Theo Carter
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Theo Carter
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Theo Carter
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Theo Carter
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Theo Carter
 1988 Codename: Kyril (TV Mini-Series)
'C'
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... 'C'
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... 'C'
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... 'C'
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... 'C'
 1980-1988 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Colonel George Peregrine / Jack Cutler
- The Stinker (1980) ... Jack Cutler
 1987 A Killing on the Exchange (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Max Sillman
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Sir Max Sillman
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Sir Max Sillman
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Sir Max Sillman
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Sir Max Sillman
 1986 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Rodin
- Rodin 1840-1917 (1986) ... Rodin (voice)
 1986 The Great White Mountain (TV Movie)
Joseph Paccard
 1985 Shadowlands (TV Movie)
C.S. Lewis
 1982 Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Twentyman
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Mr. Twentyman
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Mr. Twentyman
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Mr. Twentyman
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Mr. Twentyman
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Mr. Twentyman
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Father / Major Orpen
- Findings on a Late Afternoon (1981) ... Father
- Elizabeth Alone: Part 1 (1981) ... Major Orpen
 1981 Thicker Than Water (TV Series)
Joseph Lockwood
 1980 The Gentle Touch (TV Series)
Ivor Stocker
- Menaces (1980) ... Ivor Stocker
 1980 Closing Ranks (TV Movie)
Victor Rogachev
 1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1979 Turtle's Progress (TV Series)
Benny D-Day
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Benny D-Day
 1978 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Alan Ember
- Feet of Clay (1978) ... Alan Ember
 1978 Return of the Saint (TV Series)
Gunther
- The Nightmare Man (1978) ... Gunther
 1978 Enemy at the Door (TV Series)
Major General Laidlaw
- Treason (1978) ... Major General Laidlaw
 1976 Centre Play (TV Series)
Doctor
- You Talk Too Much (1976) ... Doctor
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Joe Gargery
 1974 Miss Nightingale (TV Movie)
Lord Palmerston
 1974 The Protectors (TV Series)
Arthur Gordon
- Trial (1974) ... Arthur Gordon
 1973 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Detective Inspector Hud
- Unseen Alibi (1973) ... Detective Inspector Hud
 1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Grubber
- The Mystery of the Amber Beads (1973) ... Grubber
 1970-1973 Play for Today (TV Series)
Malcolmson / Ellis Cripper / Albert
- Access to the Children (1973) ... Malcolmson
- The Bankrupt (1972) ... Ellis Cripper
- The Lie (1970) ... Albert
 1972 Six Faces (TV Series)
Harry Mellor
- Gallery of Faces (1972) ... Harry Mellor
- True Life (1972) ... Harry Mellor
 1972 Country Matters (TV Mini-Series)
Potter-Jones
- Crippled Bloom (1972) ... Potter-Jones
 1972 The Mind Snatchers (TV Movie)
Dr. Frederick
 1972 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Councillor Horne
- Consequences (1972) ... Councillor Horne
 1971-1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Man / The Applicant
- King's Cross Lunch Hour (1972) ... The Man
- Getting In (1971) ... The Applicant
 1972 Justice (TV Series)
Sir Robert Beste
- A License to Build Your Own Money (1972) ... Sir Robert Beste
 1971 Shirley's World (TV Series)
Inspector Vaughn
- A Hell of an Engineer (1971) ... Inspector Vaughn
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
Host
- Episode #1.7 (1969) ... Host
- Episode #1.6 (1969) ... Host
- Episode #1.4 (1969) ... Host
- Episode #1.3 (1969) ... Host
 1969 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Harold Bannon
- Before the Party (1969) ... Harold Bannon
 1969 The Gold Robbers (TV Mini-Series)
Derek Hartford
- Grounded (1969) ... Derek Hartford
 1969 The Avengers (TV Series)
Brigadier Hansing
- The Morning After (1969) ... Brigadier Hansing
 1966-1968 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
Mr. Smedhurst / Herr Scavenius
- A Place of One's Own (1968) ... Mr. Smedhurst
- Room 13 (1966) ... Herr Scavenius
 1966-1968 Mogul (TV Series)
Sam Jardine / Lewis / Considine / ...
- Never the Twain (1968) ... Lewis
- The Sharp End of the Wedge (1968) ... Considine
- Thea (1966) ... Mr. Gibbon
 1965-1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Cornelius / Tom Gorbet
- Tomorrow, Just You Wait (1965) ... Tom Gorbet
 1967 Trapped (TV Series)
- Quest (1967)
 1965-1967 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mr Green / Frank Penfold
- The Girl (1967) ... Mr Green
- The Paraffin Season (1965) ... Frank Penfold
 1965-1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
John Hinks / Fred / Hockey Jagger
- On the March to the Sea (1966) ... John Hinks
- Focus (1966) ... Fred
- Try for White (1965) ... Hockey Jagger
 1966 Thirteen Against Fate (TV Series)
Bernard Jeantet
- The Widower (1966) ... Bernard Jeantet
 1966 Lord Raingo (TV Series)
Tom Hogarth
- Doubts (1966) ... Tom Hogarth
- Power (1966) ... Tom Hogarth
- The Offer (1966) ... Tom Hogarth
 1966 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
John MacEwan
- O Sole Mio (1966) ... John MacEwan
 1965 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Sam
- What's All This Then? (1965) ... Sam
 1965 The Good Soldier Schweik (TV Movie)
Chaplain / Police Sergeant
 1965 Blackmail (TV Series)
Charles Lorrimer
- Kill Me (1965) ... Charles Lorrimer
 1965 Gaslight Theatre (TV Series)
The Jibbenainosay / Bloody Nathan / A missing Aristocrat
- The Blood-Craz'd Scourge of the Redskin Wilderness or, What You Will (1965) ... The Jibbenainosay / Bloody Nathan / A missing Aristocrat
 1965 Londoners (TV Series)
Angus Grahame
- Angus Slowly Sinking? (1965) ... Angus Grahame
 1964 Detective (TV Series)
Jasper Garnette
- Death in Ecstacy (1964) ... Jasper Garnette
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
Will Dent / Norman
- The Improbable Mr. Claybill (1964) ... Will Dent
- Maggie (1964) ... Norman
 1961 About Religion (TV Series)
The coroner
- Inquest at Golgotha (1961) ... The coroner
 1959-1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Adrian / Briggs
- All My Own Work (1961) ... Adrian
- The Violent Years (1959) ... Briggs
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Mr. Plumer
- Governor Wall (1960) ... Mr. Plumer
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Marcellus
- Hamlet (1959) ... Marcellus
 1957 Destination Downing Street (TV Series)
Immelmann
- Two Faces East: Part 3 (1957) ... Immelmann
- Two Faces East: Part 1 (1957) ... Immelmann
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Other Works:

He acted in David Heneker's musical, "Jorrocks," at the New Theatre in London, England with Paul Eddington, Willoughby Goddard, Thelma Ruby, Richard Stilgoe, and Gay Soper in the cast. Val May was director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | See more »

Alternate Names:

J. Ackland

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

I 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. See more »

Trivia:

He 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 (... See more »

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Deep, distinctive voice

Star Sign:

Pisces

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