Veteran British actor, Joss Ackland best known for his role in White Mischief and Lethal Weapon 2, has died aged 95.
Announcing his death in a statement to PA news agency, Paul Pearson, Ackland’s rep, said on Sunday “Joss was a long term client and great friend who remained lucid, erudite and mischievous to the very end, he died peacefully with his family this morning.”
The statement added “with his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and gravitas to his roles. He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.”
Ackland appeared in hundreds of films and television productions. In 2001, he was received a CBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to drama. He appeared in films alongside stars like Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Tom Courtenay.
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his act in White Mischief. He also portrayed roles like Ron, a seaman in Ghost Ship, The King in 1974 movie Great Expectations, Prof. Mendella in the Prisoners of the Sun and Rufus in Katherine of Alexandria.
Ackland was married to his wife, Rosemary for 51 years before she passed away in 2002, from neurone disease. He had seven children, 334 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
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