Joss Ackland

Birthday: Feb 29, 1928
Birthplace: Not Available
Another illustrious graduate of London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Joss Ackland made his first professional stage appearance at 17 in the 1945 production The Hasty Heart. For the next decade, Ackland learned his craft in a variety of regional theatre troupes, taking time out for an unheralded film debut in 1949's Seven Days to Noon. He quit acting in 1955 to manage a Central African tea plantation, finding creative outlets as a playwright and radio disc jockey. Upon his return to the British theatre in 1957, Ackland joined the Old Vic. From 1962 through 1964, he was associate director of the Mermaid Theatre. He subsequently established himself on the West End musical stage, playing such showcase roles as Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Juan Peron in Evita. Launching his film career proper in 1965, Ackland has flourished in characterizations calling for outsized gestures and orotund vocal calisthenics. Among his better-known screen roles are Greta Scacchi's decadent, untrustworthy aristocrat husband in White Mischief (1988), and homicidal South African diplomat Arjen Rudd in Lethal Weapon 2 (1990). On TV, Ackland was seen as C.S. Lewis in the 1985 BBC production of Shadowlands, and as Isaac in the 1994 made-for-cable Biblical drama Jacob. He has also provided voiceovers for the animated features A Midsummer's Night's Dream (1961) and Watership Down (1978). Over the coming decades, Ackland would appear in several projects over the coming decades, including K-19: The Widowmaker, Asylum, and Flawless.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Decline Of An Empire Actor 2014
No Score Yet Katherine of Alexandria Actor 2014
No Score Yet Prisoners Of The Sun Actor 2013
64% How About You Donald Vanston 2008
55% Flawless Mka $1.2M 2008
No Score Yet Hogfather Mustrum Ridcully 2007
No Score Yet These Foolish Things Albert 2007
No Score Yet In Search Of The Great Beast 666 Actor 2007
No Score Yet In Search of the Great Beast: Aleister Crowley Actor 2007
No Score Yet Moscow Zero Tolstoy 2006
No Score Yet Above and Beyond Winston Churchill 2006
36% Asylum Jack Straffen $0.3M 2005
No Score Yet Frederick Forsyth's Icon Gen. Nikolayev 2005
No Score Yet A Different Loyalty Actor 2005
No Score Yet Henry VIII Actor 2003
25% No Good Deed Mr. Quarre 2003
50% I'll Be There Evil Edmonds 2003
61% K-19: The Widowmaker Zelentsov $35.2M 2002
No Score Yet Othello Actor 2001
No Score Yet Milk Vicar 2001
19% Passion of Mind Dr. Langer 2000
No Score Yet Tales from the Madhouse Actor 2000
28% Swept from the Sea Mr. Swaffer 1998
50% Firelight Lord Clare 1997
20% D3: The Mighty Ducks Hans 1996
32% Surviving Picasso Henri Matisse 1996
No Score Yet Deadly Voyage Captain 1996
No Score Yet Hidden in Silence Actor 1996
No Score Yet Daisies in December Gerald Carmody 1995
5% A Kid in King Arthur's Court King Arthur 1995
86% Citizen X Bondarchuk 1995
No Score Yet Jacob Isaac 1994
No Score Yet GIORGINO Father Glaise 1994
No Score Yet The Princess and the Goblin Actor 1994
No Score Yet Shameless Insp. Sam Stringer 1994
30% Nowhere to Run Franklin Hale $22.2M 1993
43% Mother's Boys Lansing 1993
23% The Mighty Ducks Hans 1992
No Score Yet The Bridge Smithson 1992
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls Actor 1992
No Score Yet Project: Shadowchaser Kinderman 1992
54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey De Nomolos 1991
0% Once Upon a Crime Hercules Popodopoulos 1991
77% The Object of Beauty Mr. Mercer 1991
No Score Yet A Murder of Quality Terence Fielding 1991
79% A Zed and Two Noughts Van Hoyten 1990
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Ian Fleming German SS Generaloberst 1990
88% The Hunt for Red October Andrei Lysenko 1990
No Score Yet Dimenticare Palermo Uomo di Potere 1990
No Score Yet Jekyll & Hyde Dr. Charles Lanyon 1990
83% Lethal Weapon 2 Arjen Rudd 1989
No Score Yet Codename: Kyril 'C' 1989
80% To Kill a Priest Colonel 1988
80% White Mischief Sir John "Jock" Delves Broughton 1988
No Score Yet Pet Shop Boys - It Couldn't Happen Here Priest/Murderer 1988
12% The Sicilian Don Masino Croce 1987
No Score Yet Queenie Sir Burton Rumsey 1987
50% Lady Jane Sir John Bridges 1986
No Score Yet Shroud For A Nightingale Actor 1985
No Score Yet Shadowlands C.S. Lewis 1985
No Score Yet Coriolanus Actor 1984
20% The Apple Topps 1980
No Score Yet Rough Cut Inspector Vanderveld 1980
62% Saint Jack Yardley 1979
No Score Yet A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (The Big Scam) Prison Warden (uncredited) 1979
82% Watership Down Black Rabbit 1978
No Score Yet Silver Bears Henry Foreman 1978
70% Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (Too Many Chefs) Cantrell 1978
No Score Yet Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It President 1977
No Score Yet Operation: Daybreak Janak 1976
No Score Yet Royal Flash Sapten 1975
No Score Yet One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing B.J. Spence 1975
No Score Yet Great Expectations Joe Gargery 1974
No Score Yet The Little Prince The King 1974
No Score Yet S*P*Y*S Martinson 1974
No Score Yet The Black Windmill Chief Superintendent Wray 1974
82% The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan's Father 1973
No Score Yet Hitler: The Last Ten Days Gen. Burgdorf 1973
No Score Yet Penny Gold Actor 1973
No Score Yet England Made Me Haller 1973
No Score Yet The Mind Snatchers Dr. Frederick 1972
No Score Yet Ascent of Man Actor 1972
No Score Yet Villain Edgar Lowis 1971
83% The House That Dripped Blood Rogers 1971
No Score Yet Cry of the Penguins Head of Board 1971
No Score Yet Crescendo Carter 1970
43% Rasputin, the Mad Monk The Bishop 1966
No Score Yet Midsummer Night's Dream Quince 1963
No Score Yet Sen noci svatojanske (A Midsummer Night's Dream) Actor 1959
No Score Yet Ghost Ship Ron 1953
No Score Yet Seven Days to Noon Actor 1950
71% Ghost Ship Actor 1943

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Henry VII James Brabant
  • 2004
  • 2002
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Van der Vuurst
  • 1999
No Score Yet Ashenden
1991
Cumming
  • 1992
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Colonel George Peregrine Jack Cutler
No Score Yet The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
1984-1985
Jephro Rucastle
No Score Yet The Avengers
1969
100% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1979
Jerry Westerby
No Score Yet Z Cars
1962

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