Joss Ackland Obituary

Joss Ackland, the celebrated British actor who graced the stage, screen and television for over six decades, has passed away at the age of 93. With his deep, authoritative voice and striking presence, Ackland was a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the Atlantic, leaving a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

Born on February 29, 1928, in London, Ackland began his acting career in the 1940s, studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the Old Vic Theatre in 1949. He quickly made a name for himself on the stage, performing in numerous productions throughout the 1950s and 60s, including a celebrated turn as Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice.”

Ackland’s film career took off in the 1970s, with standout performances in “The Ruling Class” and “Nicholas and Alexandra.” He became known for his ability to play both heroes and villains, delivering powerful and nuanced performances in films such as “White Mischief” and “Lethal Weapon 2.” He also appeared in several television shows, including “The Bill,” “Father Brown,” and “Midsomer Murders.”

Despite his success in film and television, Ackland never lost his love for the stage. He continued to perform in plays throughout his career, including a memorable turn as King Lear in a 1982 production at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also wrote and directed several plays, including “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Great White Hope.”

Ackland was known for his generosity and kindness, both on and off screen. He was a dedicated supporter of numerous charitable causes, including the Prince’s Trust and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. His contributions to the arts were recognized in 2017, when he was awarded a CBE for his services to drama.

Ackland is survived by his wife, Rosemary, whom he married in 1951, and their seven children. His legacy as an actor, director, and writer will continue to inspire generations of artists to come.