Joss Ackland Biography (1928-)

Born February 29, 1928, in London, England; son of Sydney Norman Ackland andRuth Izod; married Rosemary Kircaldy, 1951; children: two sons (one son deceased), five daughters. Addresses: Agent: Susan Smith & Associates,121 North Vicente Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Contact: 52 Avenue Foch, 75016, Paris, France.

Joss Ackland told CTFT: "After playing supporting parts in movies formany years, a big break came when Michael Cimino cast me as Don Masino Croce--the godfather in The Sicilian--a role for which I put on thirty-threepounds."

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director
Birth Details
February 29, 1928
London, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) The Hasty Heart, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1945
  • Gans, police constable, The Rising Sun, Arts Theatre, London, 1946
  • Simon, Mary Rose, Pitlochry Theatre, London, 1951
  • Father, Life with Father, Oxford Playhouse Company, Oxford, England, 1957
  • Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oxford Playhouse Company, Oxford, 1957
  • Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1958
  • Caliban, The Tempest, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1959
  • Northumberland, Richard II, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1959
  • Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1959
  • Archbishop of Rheims, St. Joan, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1960
  • Pistol, Henry V, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1960
  • Aegisthus, The Oresteia, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1961
  • Squeezum, Lock Up Your Daughters, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1962
  • Scrofulofsky, The Bed Bug, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1962
  • Bluntschli, Arms and the Man, Mermaid Theatre, 1962
  • Sotmore, Lock Up Your Daughters, Mermaid Theatre, 1962
  • Title role, The Life of Galileo, Mermaid Theatre, 1963
  • Kirilov, The Possessed, Mermaid Theatre, 1963
  • Long John Silver, Blind Pew, Treasure Island, Mermaid Theatre, 1963
  • Herdsman, The Bacchae, Mermaid Theatre, 1964
  • Professor Gilbert Medlin, The Professor, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1965
  • Title role, Jorrocks, New Theatre, London, 1966
  • Gus, The Hotel in Amsterdam, Royal Court Theatre, then New Theatre, later Duke of York's Theatre, all 1968
  • Various roles, Come As You Are, New Theatre, then Strand Theatre,London, both 1970
  • Brassbound, Captain Brassbound's Conversion, Cambridge Theatre, London, 1971
  • Sam Brown, Collaborators, Duchess Theatre, London, 1973
  • Harold Mitchell, A Streetcar Named Desire, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1974
  • Fredrik Egerman, A Little Night Music, Adelphi Theatre, London, 1975
  • Eustace Perrin State, The Madras House, Olivier Theatre, London, 1977
  • Juan Peron, Evita, Prince Edward Theatre, London, 1978
  • Gaev, The Cherry Orchard, Chichester Festival, Chichester, England, 1981
  • Falstaff, Henry IV, Parts I and II, Barbican Theatre, London, 1982
  • Mr. Darling/Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Barbican Theatre, 1983, thenAldwych Theatre, 1985
  • Stewart, Pack of Lies, Lyric Theatre, London, 1984
  • Also appeared as Romain Gary, Jean Seberg, Olivier Theatre; had various minor roles during the 1947 Stratford-on-Avon season.
  • Major Tours
  • Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, U.K. cities, 1977
  • Sir, The Dresser, U.K. cities, 1981
  • Also toured with various repertory companies, U.K. cities, 1954, and withthe Old Vic Theatre Company, Soviet and U.S. cities, early 1960s.
  • Stage Director
  • The Plough and the Stars, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1962
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Bit part, Seven Days to Noon, 1950
  • Ron, second fisherman, Ghost Ship, 1952
  • Voice of Quince, Sen noci svatojanske (also known as A Midsummer Night's Dream), 1959
  • The Bishop, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, 1966
  • Carter, Crescendo, 1970
  • Neville Rogers, "Waxworks," The House That Dripped Blood, 1970
  • Edgar Lewis, Villain, 1971
  • Head of board, Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (also known as Cryof the Penguins), 1971
  • Dr. Frederick, The Happiness Cage (also known as The Demon Within and The Mind Snatchers), 1972
  • General Burgdorf, Hitler: The Last Ten Days (also known as Gli Ultimi 10 giorni di Hitler), 1973
  • D'Artagnan's father, The Three Musketeers (also known as Los tres mosqueteros), 1973
  • Penny Gold, 1973
  • Haller, England Made Me, 1973
  • Chief Superintendent Wray, The Black Windmill, 1974
  • Martinson, S*P*Y*S, 1974
  • The king, The Little Prince, 1974
  • B.J. Spence, One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, Buena Vista, 1975
  • Sapten, Royal Flash, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975
  • Janak, Operation Daybreak (also known as The Price of Freedom and Seven Met at Daybreak), 1975
  • Henry Foreman, Silver Bears, Columbia, 1977
  • President, The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation as We Know It, 1977
  • Voice of Black Rabbit, Watership Down (also known as Richard Adams' Watership Down), AVCO-Embassy, 1978
  • Cantrell, Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (also known as Qualcuno sta uccidendo i piu grandi cuochi d'europa, DieSchlemmerorgie, Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe, andToo Many Chefs), Warner Bros., 1978
  • Yardley, Saint Jack, 1978
  • The Greek Tycoon, 1978
  • (Uncredited) Prison warden, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square(also known as The Big Scam, The Biggest Bank Robbery, and The Mayfair Bank Caper), 1979
  • Mr. Topps, The Apple (also known as Star Rock), 1980
  • Inspector Vanderveld, Rough Cut (also known as Roughcut), Paramount, 1980
  • Chief Inspector Yardbird, Dangerous Davies--The Last Detective, 1980
  • Van Hoyten, A Zed and Two Noughts (also known as A Zoo: A Zed & Two Noughts), 1985
  • Lyford, New World, 1986
  • Sir John Bridges, Lady Jane, Paramount, 1986
  • Don Masino Croce, The Sicilian, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Sir Jock Delves Broughton, White Mischief, 1987
  • Priest/murderer, It Couldn't Happen Here, 1987
  • Colonel, To Kill a Priest (also known as Le Complot, Popieluszko, and Zabic ksiedza), 1988
  • Arjen "Aryan" Rudd, Lethal Weapon 2, 1989
  • Uomo di Potere, Dimenticare Palermo (also known as The PalermoConnection and To Forget Palermo), 1990
  • Ambassador Andrei Lysenko, The Hunt for Red October, 1990
  • Tre colonee in cronaca, 1990
  • De Nomolos, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, 1991
  • Mr. Mercer, The Object of Beauty, 1991
  • Hans, The Mighty Ducks (also known as Champions), 1992
  • Kinderman, Shadowchaser (also known as Project: Shadowchaser), 1992
  • Hercules Popodopoulos, Once Upon a Crime ... , 1992
  • Narrator, Mozart 1991, 1992
  • Smithson, The Bridge, 1992
  • Franklin Hale, Nowhere to Run, 1993
  • Voice of King-Papa, The Princess and the Goblin (also known as A Hercegnoe es a kobold), 1993
  • Lansing, Mother's Boys, 1993
  • Colonel Johnson, The Sheltering Desert, 1994
  • Father Glaise, Giorgino, 1994
  • (Uncredited) Victor Landbergh, Miracle on 34th Street, 1994
  • Brando, OcchioPinocchio (also known as Occhio Pinocchio), 1994
  • Inspector Sam Stringer, Mad Dogs and Englishmen (also known as Shameless), 1995
  • King Arthur, A Kid in King Arthur's Court, 1995
  • Henri Matisse, Surviving Picasso, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Hans, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Mr. Swaffer, Swept from the Sea, TriStar, 1997
  • Lord Clare, Firelight (also known as Firelight--Le lien secret), Miramax, 1997
  • (Uncredited) Monsignor, My Giant, Columbia, 1998
  • The Prussian, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in theSecret Service, SKY Pictures, 1999
  • The vicar, Milk, 1999
  • Dr. Langer, Passion of Mind, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Mayor Smith, Mumbo Jumbo, Vine International Pictures, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Detective Inspector Todd, Z Cars, 1968
  • The Crezz, 1977
  • Joseph Lockwood, Thicker than Water, 1981
  • Miniseries
  • Jerry Westerby, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, 1980
  • Mr. Twentyman, Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, 1982
  • Sir Burton Rumsey, Queenie, ABC, 1987
  • Sir Richard Bryant--"C," Codename: Kyril, Showtime, 1988
  • Hermann Goering, The Man Who Lived at the Ritz, syndicated, 1988
  • Aristoteles Onassis, A Woman Named Jackie, NBC, 1991
  • Cumming, Ashenden, Arts and Entertainment, 1991
  • King Edward VII, Incident at Victoria Falls (also known as Sherlock Holmes and the Incident at Victoria Falls, Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls, Sherlock Holmes: The Star of Africa, and The Star of Africa), PBS, 1991
  • Il Figlio di Sandokan (also known as The Son of Sandokan),1998
  • Movies
  • Angus Slowly Sinking? (also known as Londoners: Angus Slowly Sinking?), 1965
  • The Widower (also known as Thirteen Against Fate: The Widower), 1966
  • Before the Party (also known as W. Somerset Maugham: Before theParty), 1969
  • Six Faces: True Life, 1972
  • Six Faces: Gallery of Faces, 1972
  • Joe Gargery, Great Expectations, 1974
  • Voice of the narrator, The Love Tapes, 1980
  • Moulton Barrett, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1982
  • Colonel, The Colonel's Lady, 1987
  • Photographer, When We Are Married, 1987
  • Alan Holly, First and Last, 1989
  • Dr. Charles Lanyon, Jekyll & Hyde, ABC, 1990
  • General Gerhard Hellstein, The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming), TNT, 1990
  • Lewis Serrocold, They Do It with Mirrors (also known as Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors), Arts and Entertainment, 1991
  • Archie, Voices in the Garden (also known as Des voix dans le jardin), 1992
  • Isaac, Jacob: A TNT Bible Story (also known as Jacob), TNT,1994
  • Bondarchuk, Citizen X, HBO, 1995
  • Gerald Carmody, Daisies in December, Showtime, 1995
  • Captain, Deadly Voyage, HBO, 1996
  • King Francis, To the Ends of Time, 1996
  • Josef, German factory manager, Hidden in Silence, Lifetime, 1996
  • Also appeared in The Lie; Constance Kent.
  • Specials
  • Tomorrow Just You Wait (also known as Wednesday Play: TomorrowJust You Wait), 1965
  • Focus (also known as Theatre 625: Focus), 1966
  • Death of a Salesman (also known as Play of the Month: Death ofa Salesman), 1966
  • On the March to the Sea (also known as Theatre 625: On the March to the Sea), 1966
  • Fall of the Goat (also known as Wednesday Play: Fall of the Goat), 1967
  • The Three Sisters (also known as Play of the Month: The Three Sisters), 1969
  • Albert, The Lie (also known as Play for Today: The Lie), 1970
  • Getting In (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: Getting In), 1971
  • Kings Cross (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: Kings Cross--Lunch Hour), 1972
  • The Bankrupt (also known as Play for Today: The Bankrupt),1972
  • Access to the Children (also known as Play for Today: Access tothe Children), 1973
  • You Talk Too Much (also known as Centre Play: You Talk Too Much), 1976
  • Meneius, The Tragedy of Coriolanus (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Coriolanus and Coriolanus), 1984
  • C.S. Lewis, Shadowlands (also known as C.S. Lewis through the Shadowlands), PBS, 1986
  • Stephen Courtny-Briggs, Shroud for a Nightingale, PBS, 1986
  • Terence Fielding, A Murder of Quality, PBS, 1991
  • Julius Caesar, HBO, 1996
  • Max Van der Vuurst, "The Sport of Kings," Heat of the Sun, PBS, 1998
  • Episodic
  • "Two Faces East," Destination Downing Street, 1957
  • Derek Hartford, "Grounded," The Gold Robbers, 1969
  • Brig. Hansing, "The Morning After," The Avengers, 1969
  • Felix Meadowes, "Read and Destroy," The Persuaders!, 1972
  • Alan Ember, "Feet of Clay," The Sweeney, 1978
  • Ivor Stocker, "Menaces," The Gentle Touch, 1980
  • Jephro Rucastle, "The Cooper Beeches," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes II, PBS, 1985
  • The Prussian, "Austria, March, 1917," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, 1992
  • Voice of Noah, "David and Saul," Testament: The Bible in Animation(animated), 1997
  • Voice of Noah, "The Creation and the Flood," Testament: The Bible in Animation (animated), 1997
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2000
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in Pet Shop Boys' "Always On My Mind."

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