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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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 2014 Aeris (Short)
The Narrator
 2014 Decline of an Empire
Rufus
 2014/II The Portrait (Short)
Henry Winter
 2013 Prisoners of the Sun
Prof. Mendella
 2011 The Boy with Chocolate Fingers (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2011 The Stain (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2008-2010 Crusoe (TV Series)
Judge Jefferies
 2009 IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (Video Game)
English Voice (voice)
 2008 Pinocchio (TV Movie)
Mastro Ciliegia
 2007 Flawless
MKA
 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 Moscow Zero
Tolstoy
 2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Sir Freddy Butler
- Vixen's Run (2006) ... Sir Freddy Butler
 2005 These Foolish Things
Albert
 2005 The Christmas Eve Snowfall (Short)
Narrator
 2005 Icon (TV Movie)
General Nikolayev
 2003 Henry VIII (TV Movie)
Henry VII
 2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (Video Game)
Pieter Van Eckhardt (voice)
 2003 I'll Be There
Evil Edmonds - The BeeLzeeBOPS
 2003 Lionheart: The Crusade (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2002 K-19: The Widowmaker
Marshal Zelentsov
 2002 No Good Deed
Mr. Quarre
 2001 Othello (TV Movie)
James Brabant
 2000 Lounge Act (Short) (voice)
 2000 The Mumbo Jumbo
Mayor Smith
 2000 Gioco di specchi (TV Movie)
Bennet
 2000 Tales from the Madhouse (TV Mini-Series)
Barabbas
- Barabbas ... Barabbas
 2000 Passion of Mind
Dr. Langer, the French Psychiatrist
 1999/I Milk
Vicar
 1998 Il figlio di Sandokan (TV Mini-Series)
 1998 My Giant
Monsignor Popescu (uncredited)
 1998 Heat of the Sun (TV Mini-Series)
Max Van der Vuurst
- The Sport of Kings (1998) ... Max Van der Vuurst
 1997 Firelight
Lord Clare
 1997 Amy Foster
Mr. Swaffer
 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
 1996 Deadly Voyage (TV Movie)
Captain
 1996 Hidden in Silence (TV Movie)
German factory manager
 1995 Daisies in December (TV Movie)
Gerald Carmody
 1995 Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Insp. Sam Stringer
 1995 Citizen X (TV Movie)
Bondarchuk
 1994 OcchioPinocchio
Brando
 1994 Jacob (TV Movie)
Isaac
 1994 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Caesar
- Julius Caesar (1994) ... Caesar (voice)
 1994 Miracle on 34th Street
Victor Landbergh (uncredited)
 1994 Giorgino
Father Glaise
 1994 Citizen Locke (TV Movie)
Lord Ashley
 1994 Mother's Boys
Lansing, Jude's Attorney
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
Sir Charles (Archie) Peverall
- Voices in the Garden (1993) ... Sir Charles (Archie) Peverall
 1993 Nowhere to Run
Franklin Hale
 1993 The Princess and the Cobbler
Brigand (voice)
 1992 The Sheltering Desert
Col. Johnston
 1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
The Prussian
- Austria, March 1917 (1992) ... The Prussian
 1992 Shadowchaser (Video)
Kinderman
 1992 White Bear's Secret (TV Movie)
Brown Bear (voice)
 1992 Once Upon a Crime...
Hercules Popodopoulos
 1992 The Bridge
Smithson
 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 The Object of Beauty
Mr. Mercer
 1991 A Woman Named Jackie (TV Mini-Series)
Aristoteles Onassis
- The Bouvier Years (1991) ... Aristoteles Onassis (credit only)
 1990 Tre colonne in cronaca
Gaetano Leporino - il finanziere
 1990 Dimenticare Palermo
Uomo di Potere
 1990 Jekyll & Hyde (TV Movie)
Dr. Charles Lanyon
 1989 First and Last (TV Movie)
Alan Holly
 1989 The Justice Game (TV Series)
Sir James Crichton
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Sir James Crichton
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Sir James Crichton
 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 Olympus Force: The Key
George Grossopoulos
 1988 To Kill a Priest
Colonel
 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 It Couldn't Happen Here
Priest / murderer
 1987 The Sicilian
Don Masino Croce
 1987 Queenie (TV Movie)
Sir Burton Rumsey
 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 The Great White Mountain (TV Movie)
Joseph Paccard
 1986 Lady Jane
Sir John Bridges
 1985 Shadowlands (TV Movie)
C.S. Lewis
 1985 A Zed & Two Noughts
Van Hoyten
 1982 Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (TV Mini-Series)
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 Rough Cut
Insp. Vanderveld
 1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1980 A Question of Guilt (TV Series)
Samuel Kent / Mr. Kent
- Constance Kent: Part 6 (1980) ... Mr. Kent
- Constance Kent: Part 5 (1980) ... Mr. Kent
- Constance Kent: Part 4 (1980) ... Mr. Kent
 1979 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Prison Warden (uncredited)
 1979 Saint Jack
Yardley
 1978 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Alan Ember
- Feet of Clay (1978) ... Alan Ember
 1978 Watership Down
Black Rabbit (voice)
 1978 Return of the Saint (TV Series)
Gunther
- The Nightmare Man (1978) ... Gunther
 1978 The Greek Tycoon (uncredited)
 1978 Silver Bears
Henry Foreman
 1978 Enemy at the Door (TV Series)
Major General Laidlaw
- Treason (1978) ... Major General Laidlaw
 1976 The Lively Arts (TV Series)
Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
- Tennessee Williams (1976) ... Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
 1976 Centre Play (TV Series)
Doctor
- You Talk Too Much (1976) ... Doctor
 1975 Operation: Daybreak
Janák
 1975 One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
B.J. Spence
 1974 Penny Gold
Jones
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Joe Gargery
 1974 Miss Nightingale (TV Movie)
Lord Palmeston
 1974 S*P*Y*S
Martinson
 1974 The Black Windmill
Chief Supt. Wray
 1974 Aquarius (TV Series)
Stage actor
- Desire Revisted-Streetcar/Pulcinella (1974) ... Stage actor
 1974 2nd House (TV Series)
 1974 The Protectors (TV Series)
Arthur Gordon
- Trial (1974) ... Arthur Gordon
 1973 England Made Me
Haller
 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 Happiness Cage
Dr. Frederick
 1972 ITV Sunday 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 Cry of the Penguins
Head of Board
 1971 Shirley's World (TV Series)
Inspector vaughn
- A Hell of an Engineer (1971) ... Inspector vaughn
 1971 Villain
Edgar Lowis
 1971 The House That Dripped Blood
Neville Rogers (segment 2 "Waxworks")
 1970 Crescendo
Carter
 1966-1970 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Chebutykin / Charley
- Death of a Salesman (1966) ... Charley
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
Host
- Episode #1.7 (1969)
- Episode #1.6 (1969)
- Episode #1.4 (1969)
- Episode #1.3 (1969)
 1969 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Harold Bannon
- Before the Party (1969) ... Harold Bannon
 1969 The Gold Robbers (TV 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
- Fear (1966) ... 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
 1966 Rasputin: The Mad Monk
The Bishop
 1965 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Sam
- What's All This Then? (1965) ... Sam
 1965 Blackmail (TV Series)
Charles Lorrimer
- Kill Me (1965) ... Charles Lorrimer
 1965 Gaslight Theatre (TV Series)
The Jibbenainosay / Bloody Nathan / Aristo
- The Blood-Craz'd Scourge of the Redskin Wilderness or, What You Will (1965) ... The Jibbenainosay / Bloody Nathan / Aristo
 1965 Londoners (TV Series)
 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
 1962 In Search of the Castaways
Yacht Seaman (uncredited)
 1961 About Religion (TV Series)
The coroner
- Inquest at Golgotha (1961) ... The coroner
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Mr. Plumer
- Governor Wall (1960) ... Mr. Plumer
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Briggs
- The Violent Years (1959) ... Briggs
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Marcellus
- Hamlet (1959) ... Marcellus
 1958 Next to No Time
Turkish Bath Attendant (uncredited)
 1957 Destination Downing Street (TV Series)
Immelmann
- Two Faces East: Part 3 (1957) ... Immelmann
- Two Faces East: Part 1 (1957) ... Immelmann
 1952 Ghost Ship
Ron, 2nd Fisherman
 1950 Seven Days to Noon
Station Policeman (uncredited)
 1949 Landfall
O'Neil (uncredited)
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Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

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He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Hordern, John Phillips, Ronald Lewis, Beatrix Lehmann, Miles Malleson, Barbara Jefford, John Justin, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Hugh Griffith, Flora Robson, Isabel Jeans, Irene Worth, Ernest Thesiger, Barry Ingham, Derek ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

J. Ackland

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'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. See more »

Trivia:

Frequently cast as Russian dignitaries or bureaucrats. See more »

Trademark:

Deep, distinctive voice

Star Sign:

Pisces

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