Joss Ackland


Actor

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
February 29, 1928

Biography

Prolific stage performer with the Old Vic and the Mermaid Theater companies who made his professional debut in 1945, only entering films in the late 1960s (after an uncredited film debut in "Seven Days to Noon" 1950). Ackland's most recent memorable screen roles include Greta Scacchi's scheming husband in "White Mischief," Don Masino Croce in Michael Cimino's "The Sicilian" (both 1987) a...

Photos & Videos

Tender Comrade - Movie Posters
A Man to Remember - Lobby Cards
A Man to Remember - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Rosemary Kircaldy
Wife
Actor. Mother of Ackland's seven children.

Bibliography

"I Must Be in There Somewhere"
Joss Ackland (1988)

Biography

Prolific stage performer with the Old Vic and the Mermaid Theater companies who made his professional debut in 1945, only entering films in the late 1960s (after an uncredited film debut in "Seven Days to Noon" 1950). Ackland's most recent memorable screen roles include Greta Scacchi's scheming husband in "White Mischief," Don Masino Croce in Michael Cimino's "The Sicilian" (both 1987) and the villainous South African diplomat Arjen Rudd, in "Lethal Weapon II" (1989).

A musical comedy star in the West End productions of "A Little Night Music," "Evita," "Peter Pan" and "Jean Seberg," Ackland won acclaim for portraying C.S. Lewis in the British TV production, "Shadowlands" (1985).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

How About You (2008)
Moscow Zero (2008)
Prisoners of the Sun (2007)
Flawless (2007)
These Foolish Things (2007)
Joan MirĂ³: Constellations - The Color of Poetry (2007)
Asylum (2005)
Cabbages & Queens (2003)
No Good Deed (2003)
I'll Be There (2003)
Evil Edmonds
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Passion of Mind (2000)
Milk (1999)
The Vicar
Firelight (1997)
Lord Clare 'Jimmy'
Swept From the Sea (1997)
Mr Swaffer
Deadly Voyage (1996)
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
Hans
Surviving Picasso (1996)
Hidden in Silence (1996)
Josef
To the Ends of Time (1996)
King Francis
A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)
Occhiopinocchio (1995)
Brando
Citizen X (1995)
Daisies in December (1995)
First and Last (1994)
Alan Holly
The Sheltering Desert (1994)
Colonel Johnson
Jacob (1994)
The Princess and the Goblin (1994)
Voice
Giorgino (1994)
Nowhere To Run (1993)
Mother's Boys (1993)
Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1993)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Project Shadowchaser (1992)
The Object Of Beauty (1991)
Mr Mercer
The Bridge (1991)
Smithson
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Once Upon A Crime (1991)
The Palermo Connection (1991)
Man Of Power
Jekyll & Hyde (1990)
Dr Lanyon
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Secret Life Of Ian Fleming (1990)
General Helstein
Tre Colonne in Cronaca (1990)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Arjen Rudd
It Couldn't Happen Here (1988)
To Kill a Priest (1988)
The Colonel
White Mischief (1988)
The Sicilian (Director's Cut) (1987)
The Sicilian (1987)
New World (1986)
Lyford
Lady Jane (1986)
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
Van Hoyten
Rough Cut (1980)
The Apple (1980)
Hippy Leader--Mr Topps
Saint Jack (1979)
Watership Down (1978)
Voice
Silver Bears (1978)
Henry Foreman
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
Cantrell
Royal Flash (1976)
Operation Daybreak (1975)
Janak
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
Great Expectations (1974)
Joe Gargery
The Black Windmill (1974)
Superintendent Wray
The Little Prince (1974)
King
S-P-Y-S (1974)
Martinson
Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)
General Burgdorf
England Made Me (1973)
Hiller
Crescendo (1972)
Carter
Cry of the Penguins (1971)
Head Of Board
The House That Dripped Blood (1970)
Rogers ("Waxworks")

Music (Feature Film)

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Song Performer

Cast (Special)

Othello (2002)
James Brabant
Jean Simmons: Picture Perfect (2001)
Heat of the Sun (1999)
A Murder of Quality (1991)
Shroud For a Nightingale (1986)
Shadowlands (1986)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Henry VIII (2003)
Julius Caesar (1996)
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992)
Ashenden (1992)
They Do It With Mirrors (1992)
A Woman Named Jackie (1991)
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1988)
Codename: Kyril (1988)
Sir Richard Bryant--
Queenie (1987)

Life Events

1946

London stage debut, "The Hasty Heart"

1950

Film debut, "Seven Days to Noon" (uncredited)

1954

Moved with family to Central Africa where he worked as a tea planter, then returned to stage there and also worked as disc-jockey and scriptwriter

1957

Returned to UK

1962

Debut as theater director, "The Plough and the Stars", Mermaid Theater, London

1962

Served as associate director, Mermaid Theatre, London

Photo Collections

Tender Comrade - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from RKO's Tender Comrade (1944), starring Ginger Rogers and Robert Ryan.
A Man to Remember - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from RKO's A Man to Remember (1938). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
A Man to Remember - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken during production of RKO's A Man to Remember (1938), directed by Garson Kanin and starring Edward Ellis and Anne Shirley.
Lonely Are the Brave - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Lonely Are the Brave (1962), starring Kirk Douglas. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Saint Jack (1979) -- (Movie Clip) No No, Kong Hong! Ben Gazzara (title character who, we’re learning, is an honest pimp with a cleaner legit job) entertains Hong Kong businessman Leigh (Denholm Elliott) with a visit to his Singapore Brit barfly friends, Joss Ackland, James Villiers (as voluble Froggett), Rodney Bewes and Mark Kingston, in Peter Bogdanovich’s Saint Jack, 1979.
Papillon (1973) -- (Movie Clip) No One Is Innocent En route to the penal colony in French Guyana ca. 1933, Steve McQueen (title character) introduces himself to wisecracking counterfeiter Dega (Dustin Hoffman), their first conversation, early in director Franklin Schaffner's international hit Papillon, 1973.
Papillon (1973) -- (Movie Clip) You Escape, They Hunt Arriving from France, Steve McQueen (title character) and Dega (Dustin Hoffman) get their first look at Devil's Island, with comments from returning inmate Julot (Don Gordon), who takes his own desperate steps, in Papillon, 1973, from the international best-selling memoir by Henri Charriere.
Sandpiper, The (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Think Of All Those Renaissance Cats Big Sur artist and single mom Laura (Elizabeth Taylor) and friend Larry (James Edwards) are being rebuffed by gallery owner Ellie (Pamela Mason) when Hewitt (Richard Burton), priest and headmaster of the school where her son’s been sent, arrives with a generous attitude, in The Sandpiper< 1965.
Sandpiper, The (1965) -- (Movie Clip) The Father Was Abandoned By Me The first meeting of principals Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in their first picture after Cleopatra, 1963, he’s the Episcopal priest headmaster of a California boarding school, she’s the free-spirited mother of a son sent there by a judge, Eva Marie Saint his wife, in The Sandpiper, 1965.
Sandpiper, The (1965) -- (Movie Clip) It's Either That Or Reform School After the opening in which lightly-parented Big Sur resident Danny (Morgan Mason) shot a deer, he and his artist mother Laura (Elizabeth Taylor) are called before a local judge (Torin Thatcher), Vincente Minnelli directing, early in the Taylor and Richard Burton vehicle The Sandpiper, 1965.
Spartacus (1960) -- (Movie Clip) Have We Learned Nothing? Producer and title character Kirk Douglas is disgusted with his fellow slave gladiators, making their former masters fight after their rebellion, confronting colleague Crixus (John Ireland), looking to inspire action against Rome, planning to find some ships, in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, 1960.
Roman Holiday (1953) -- (Movie Clip) Open, No Sign Of The Strain Following credits confirming the all-location shooting in Rome, Audrey Hepburn in her de-facto debut, the princess of a pointedly not-named country, beginning her Academy Award-winning performance, opening William Wyler's Roman Holiday, 1953, co-starring Gregory Peck.
Roman Holiday (1953) -- (Movie Clip) Care To Make A Statement? The ending of the escape from official guest quarters by visiting Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn), only beginning to feel the effect of a sleep medication, and the introduction of reporter Joe (Gregory Peck) and buds, especially cameraman Irving (Eddie Albert), in William Wyler's Roman Holiday. 1953.
Roman Holiday (1953) -- (Movie Clip) Did You Bring Me Here By Force? American reporter Joe (Gregory Peck) awakens Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn), whose minders consider missing, but whom he in fact rescued, roaming the city while on sleep medication, not revealing that he knows who she is, in Roman Holiday, 1953.
Tender Comrade (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Awful Bed-Hog Direction by Edward Dnytryk, script by Dalton Trumbo, both future blacklist-ees, soldier Chris (Robert Ryan) comes home to wife Jo (Ginger Rogers), opening Tender Comrade, 1944.
Tender Comrade (1944) -- (Movie Clip) White For Dumbrowski? Looks like at least the crew visited the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, CA, military wives Jo (Ginger Rogers), Barbara (Ruth Hussey), Helen (Patricia Collinge) and Doris (Kim Hunter, one of her earliest roles), getting lunch in Tender Comrade, 1944.

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Family

Norman Ackland
Father
Journalist.
Ruth Ackland
Mother
Paul Ackland
Son
Died in October 1982.

Companions

Rosemary Kircaldy
Wife
Actor. Mother of Ackland's seven children.

Bibliography

"I Must Be in There Somewhere"
Joss Ackland (1988)