What’s Prolific Actor Joss Ackland’s Cause of Death at 95?
British actor Joss Ackland’s cause of death has not been announced at this time but his family confirmed his death at the age of 95 on November 19, 2023.
“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,” his rep, Paul Pearson said.
The stage and screen actor appeared in more than 100 movies and TV series, among them the movies White Mischief and 1989’s Lethal Weapon 2.
Born in 1928 in London’s Ladbroke Grove area, Joss grew up in Kilburn, North London. Ackland starred in dozens of movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including The Mighty Ducks and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.
The family statement read: “With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and gravitas to his role. He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.”
Ackland had been married to his wife Rosemary Kirkcaldy for 51 years before she died in 2002. They had seven children, 32 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Their eldest son, Paul, died of a heroin overdose in 1982, at the age of 29, and in 2000, Kirkcaldy was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. She died on July 25, 2002.
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Joss Ackland’s Cause of Death is Unknown
The Bafta-nominated actor Joss Ackland’s cause of death is not known at this time. His agent Paul Pearson confirmed his death due to ‘old age’ yesterday.
After attending London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Ackland made his professional debut on stage at just 17 years old, appearing in the 1945 production of The Hasty Heart.
He joined the Old Vic, appearing alongside other notable actors including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Tom Courtenay.
Joss worked steadily in television and film in the 1960s and 70s. Joss worked in the 1979 television serial Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opposite Alec Guinness.
His career advanced through the 1980s with important parts in such films as The Hunt for Red October, The Sicilian, Lethal Weapon 2, and White Mischief.
Ackland appeared as Jephro Rucastle with David Burke and Jeremy Brett in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; the episode entitled “The Copper Beeches”.
The actor also appeared in Passion of Mind with Demi Moore and TV serial Hogfather based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
His voice was heard reading quotations in episodes of Jacob Bronowski’s documentary series The Ascent of Man.
Ackland co-starred as Emilio Estevez’s mentor and friend Hans in the 1992 Disney hit The Mighty Ducks. Ackland reprised the role four years later in the D3: The Mighty Ducks.
Also in 2007, he appeared in the movie How About You opposite Vanessa Redgrave. In September 2013, Ackland appeared as King Lear in a Gala Performance of William Shakespeare’s King Lear directed by Jonathan Miller at the Old Vic in London.
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