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Joss Ackland is a Actor British born on 29 february 1928 at Kensington (United-kingdom)

Joss Ackland

Joss Ackland
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Birth name Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 29 february 1928 at Kensington (United-kingdom)
Death 19 november 2023 (at 95 years)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland, CBE (born 29 February 1928), known as Joss Ackland, is an English actor who has appeared in more than 130 film and television roles.


Ackland and his wife were married for 51 years. They had seven children and, as of May 2006, 32 grandchildren. Despite his filming taking him to far-flung locations, Ackland said they never spent a night apart. In 1963, their house in Barnes caught fire. Rosemary Ackland managed to save their five children but broke her back when jumping from the bedroom window to safety. She was told she would lose the baby she was carrying and would never walk again, but later gave birth and, after two years in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, walked again.

Their eldest son, Paul, died of a heroin overdose in 1982, aged 29. In 2000, Rosemary Ackland was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and died 25 July 2002.

In the years since his wife's death, Ackland has read and edited her diaries and published them in 2009 under the title My Better Half and Me: A love affair that lasted fifty years.

Best films

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Nowhere to Run (1993)
The Sicilian (1987)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Joss Ackland (93 films)

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Prisoners of the Sun, 1h25
Directed by Roger Christian
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors John Rhys-Davies, David Charvet, Carmen Chaplin, Emily Holmes, Nick Moran, Joss Ackland
Roles Professor Mendella
Rating37% 1.8678251.8678251.8678251.8678251.867825
A young archaeological apprentice played by David Charvet is drawn into a perilous expedition deep beneath the timeless sands of Egypt. They encounter ancient monsters and escape death traps. Through the expedition they discover a secret older than time and a danger beyond imagination. The "sleepers" have awoken. The gods have arisen. And the countdown to the end of the world has begun.
Pinocchio (2008)
, 3h20
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Films about toys, Children's films
Actors Robbie Kay, Bob Hoskins, Joss Ackland, Alessandro Gassmann, Violante Placido, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Roles Mastro Ciliegia
Rating56% 2.8071852.8071852.8071852.8071852.807185
C’est dans un village de Toscane que l’histoire d'un écrivain se réalise par magie : en effet, le pantin de bois, réalisé par le vieux menuisier Geppetto, devient vivant par l'entremise de la fée. Afin de gagner un véritable cœur, Pinocchio devra agir pour le bien. Geppetto découvre la naïveté de l'enfant dès les premières sorties.
Flawless (2007)
, 1h48
Directed by Michael Radford
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Joss Ackland, Nathaniel Parker, Lambert Wilson, Nicholas Jones
Roles Milton Kendrick Ashtoncroft
Rating66% 3.349433.349433.349433.349433.34943
The film is set in London and in the early 1960s. Mr. Hobbs, a janitor played by Michael Caine, is about to retire but does not want to leave empty-handed. He asks Laura Quinn (Demi Moore), a disgruntled executive victimized by the glass ceiling, to help him steal from the company for which they both work: the London Diamond Corporation.
How About You..., 1h40
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Redgrave, Joss Ackland, Brenda Fricker, Imelda Staunton, Orla Brady
Roles Donald Vanston
Rating65% 3.2956853.2956853.2956853.2956853.295685
Ellie Harris (Hayley Atwell) goes to her sister Kate's (Orla Brady) residential home, Woodlane, in search of a job. Ellie has some trouble adjusting to her new job but quickly befriends a resident named Alice (Joan O'Hara). Ellie decides to have talks with Alice and neglects parts of her job, much to her sister's annoyance. She also has trouble doing what she is told by the residents. Because of her friendship with Alice, Ellie decides to help her feel better by taking her down to the river (which is against the nurse's orders) and giving her marijuana to ease her pain. The next day, however, Ellie finds out that Alice has died.
Moscow Zero, 1h22
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime
Actors Vincent Gallo, Val Kilmer, Sage Stallone, Joss Ackland, Oksana Akinchina, Joaquim de Almeida
Roles Tolstoy
Rating30% 1.517111.517111.517111.517111.51711
A rescue team searches for a missing anthropologist in underground caves and catacombs beneath the city of Moscow which are inhabited by demons.
These Foolish Things, 1h47
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Zoë Tapper, David Jeremy Leon, Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Bacall, Anjelica Huston, Julia McKenzie
Roles Albert
Rating54% 2.7149052.7149052.7149052.7149052.714905
À l'aube de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, une jeune actrice se retrouve au cœur d'une joute sentimentale entre un dramaturge et un metteur en scène.
Above and Beyond (miniseries), 4h
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Origin Canada
Genres Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Richard E. Grant, Jason Priestley, Kenneth Welsh, Liane Balaban, Joss Ackland, Jonathan Scarfe
Roles Winston Churchill, UK Prime Minister
Rating63% 3.192893.192893.192893.192893.19289
In 1940, Canadian weapons of war including newly manufactured aircraft ordered by the British, have to be delivered to the United Kingdom. Lord Beaverbrook, head of the UK Ministry of Aircraft Production also arranged for purchase of aircraft from manufacturers in the United States. Aircraft were first transported to Dorval Airport near Montreal, and then flown to RCAF Station Gander in Newfoundland for the transatlantic flight. The initial ferry flight of seven Lockheed Hudson bombers from Gander Airport in Newfoundland took place on November 10, 1940.
Asylum (2005)
, 1h39
Directed by David Mackenzie
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about suicide, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Ian McKellen, Sean Harris, Dai Bradley, Hugh Bonneville
Roles Jack Straffen
Rating60% 3.0473053.0473053.0473053.0473053.047305
Asylum is set in Britain in the early 1950s. It tells the story of Stella Raphael (Natasha Richardson), the bored and unfulfilled wife of Max (Hugh Bonneville), a psychiatrist working at a remote mental asylum. Stella starts a passionate affair with Edgar (Marton Csokas), one of the patients. Edgar is particularly dangerous, having gruesomely murdered his wife in a jealous rage.
Icon (2005)
, 2h46
Directed by Charles Martin Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Spy films
Actors Patrick Swayze, Patrick Bergin, Michael York, Ben Cross, Jeff Fahey, Joss Ackland
Roles General Nikolayev
Rating57% 2.8537752.8537752.8537752.8537752.853775
During the 1999 Russian Presidential elections, the two leading candidates are Igor Komarov (Patrick Bergin), a former Colonel of the KGB, and a retired General Nikolai Nikolayev (Joss Ackland). An investigation by the FSB ensues when a car bomb explodes outside one of Komarov’s pharmaceutical companies, and a virus is stolen from inside. Heading the investigation FSB agents Sonia Astrova (Annika Peterson) and her colleague Andrei Kasanov (Niko Nicotera). They come up against difficulty by the director of the FSB, Anatoly Grishin (Ben Cross).
A Different Loyalty, 1h36
Directed by Marek Kanievska
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Romance
Actors Sharon Stone, Rupert Everett, Julian Wadham, Joss Ackland, Michael Cochrane, Anne Lambton
Roles Randolph Cauffield
Rating49% 2.4552752.4552752.4552752.4552752.455275
Leo Cauffield, reporter de guerre, ex-espion anglais et époux de Sally Tyler, une américaine, disparaît un jour sans explications. Sa femme Sally effectue toutes les recherches possible pour le retrouver et découvre que son mari est un agent double travaillant pour le KGB.....
I'll Be There, 1h45
Directed by Craig Ferguson
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Actors Charlotte Church, Craig Ferguson, Jemma Redgrave, Ralph Brown, Anthony Head, Joss Ackland
Roles Evil Edmonds - The BeeLzeeBOPS
Rating63% 3.194153.194153.194153.194153.19415
Charlotte Church stars as a young girl who is blessed with a beautiful, natural singing voice although that is generally unknown. Her character was conceived (literally) the night her mother met a Scottish rock star (Craig Ferguson), but the couple fell out of touch and her dad never knew he had a daughter. Much later, he is "sectioned" after a motorcycle accident is viewed as a suicide attempt, and he meets his now 16-year-old daughter while confined to a psychiatric hospital. Her mother felt she had been betrayed by this guy and also has a father who is an old rocker she believed had also failed her so she does not want her daughter to be involved in what she sees as the decadent world of rock music. In spite of her mother's attempts to keep her apart from it though she and her dad get to know each other and become the family they should have been all along.
K-19: The Widowmaker, 2h18
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Politique, Transport films, Underwater action films, Submarine films, Political films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joss Ackland, John Shrapnel, Donald Sumpter
Roles Marshal Zelentsov
Rating66% 3.34853.34853.34853.34853.3485
In 1961, the Soviet Union launches its first ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the K-19. The ship is led by Captain Alexei Vostrikov, aided by executive officer Mikhail Polenin. Polenin, the original captain, and the crew have served together for some time but Vostrikov's appointment is alleged to have been aided by his wife's political connections. During his first inspection, Vostrikov discovers the submarine's reactor officer to be drunk and asleep on duty. Vostrikov sacks the officer and orders Polenin to request a replacement. The new reactor officer, Vadim Radtchenko, arrives direct from nuclear school having just been fresh from the naval academy, annoying Polenin who thinks Vostrikov was too punitive on the former reactor officer who was competent despite his momentary lapse of judgment. Also, during the preparation period for the sub's launch, the ship's medical officer is killed when struck by an oncoming truck, and is subsequently replaced by the command's foremost medical officer, an army officer who has graciously offered himself in the submarine's time of need, but also privately admits to Vostrikov that as an army officer he has never been out to sea and suffers from motion sickness. During the K-19's official launch, the bottle of champagne fails to break when it strikes the bow; the sailors nervously glance at each other due to this customary sign of bad luck.
No Good Deed, 1h37
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison, Joss Ackland, Grace Zabriskie
Roles Mr. Quarre
Rating54% 2.700142.700142.700142.700142.70014
Jack Friar (Samuel L. Jackson) is shown practicing Johannes Brahms' Trio #1 in B Major, Op.8 and injecting himself with insulin. His neighbor arrives and begs him to retrieve her daughter, who has been staying with her disreputable boyfriend on Turk Street. Friar protests that he is just a grand theft auto cop, and she needs to report the case to missing persons.
Othello (2001)
, 1h40
Directed by Geoffrey Sax
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Eamonn Walker, Christopher Eccleston, Keeley Hawes, Richard Coyle, Rachael Stirling, Del Synnott
Roles James Brabant
Rating73% 3.682363.682363.682363.682363.68236
The film is narrated by Ben Jago, a corrupt police detective who is prepared to manipulate those around him to get what he wants, even the people he loves.