Renowned British actor Joss Ackland has peacefully passed away at the age of 95, as confirmed by his family in a heartfelt statement.
With a prolific career spanning over 100 movies and TV series, Ackland’s distinctive voice and commanding presence made him a beloved figure in the world of stage and screen.
The family’s statement described Ackland as a “beloved father” who had shared 51 years of marriage with his late wife Rosemary. He breathed his last surrounded by family, leaving behind a legacy that resonates in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike.
Born in 1928 in London’s Ladbroke Grove, Ackland’s journey in acting led him through various regional theatre troupes before joining London’s Old Vic.
His versatility shone through as he portrayed writer CS Lewis in the 1985 television movie Shadowlands, and he graced numerous films, including notable roles in White Mischief and Lethal Weapon 2.
The family’s poignant statement highlighted Ackland’s unique intensity and gravitas in his roles, cementing his status as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he left an indelible mark on cinema with appearances in films such as The Mighty Ducks and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.
In a 2001 interview with the BBC, Ackland candidly acknowledged his workaholic tendencies, noting that he appeared in some “awful films.” Nevertheless, his dedication to his craft earned him a CBE in 2000 for his outstanding services to acting.
As the curtain falls on Joss Ackland’s remarkable career, the entertainment industry mourns the loss of a true talent while celebrating the enduring legacy he leaves behind.