Joss Ackland is (92 years) old with 6 children and 32 grandchildren. He is an American actor and a play director.
Joss Ackland Parents And Early Life
Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland, was born on 29th February 1928(92 years) in North Kensington, London, England. His father, Sydney Norman, was a journalist and suffered from sex addiction which led to his family falling apart after he and his wife, Ruth Norman, did not speak for long. However, Joss was not immensely affected by this and with time proved to be good in academic work. Meanwhile while he was in school, he started to love acting and due to the rising popularity of Europe’s film industry in 1930’s, his love for acting became immense with time.
Joss Ackland Education Details
He studied at Central school of Speech and Drama where he graduated, thereafter joining a local theatre group to train on acting. He trained for 2years and during this time he did minor uncredited roles and gradually started losing interest in it.
Joss Ackland Marriage Details And Kids
Joss was married to Rosemary Kirkcaldy (died in 2002) for 51 years and have seven children namely; Antonia, Kirsty, Melanie, Paul, Penelope, Samantha and Toby Ackland and as of May 2006, they had 32 grandchildren. In 1982, Paul, their eldest son, died of a heroin overdose. On 25th July 2002, Rosemary died after she was diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease. His wife had also been an actor which fueled his desire of becoming an actor even more. But shortly after their marriage, they had moved to Kenya and started a tea plantation, thereafter moving to Cape Town, South Africa which was a British colony by then. In the late 1957, the couple returned to England and were motivated on starting afresh.
Joss Ackland Career Details
In the late 50’s Joss worked at a reputed non-profit theatre company(Old Vic) for a few years before getting steady roles on TV. In 1959 he got a role in a TV series, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, followed by “In Search of Castaways”. Then later in 1966 “David Copperfield”.
He steadily worked in films through 60’s and 70’s such as;
- Rasputin: the Mad Monk in 1966
- Lord Raingo in 1966
- On the march to the sea in 1966
- Room 13 in 1966
- The further adventures of the three musketeers in 1967
- The troubleshooters from 1967 to 1968
- The Avengers in 1969
- The house that dripped blood in 1970
- Mr. Forbush and the penguins in 1972
- Penny gold in 1973
- The black windmill in 1974
- Operation daybreak in 1975
- You talk too much in 1976
- The strange case of the end of civilization as we know it in 1977
- Enemy at the door in 1978
- Saint Jack in 1979 among others.
In 1979, he got the chance to star opposite Alec Guinness in the successful TV series; “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” where he played the role of a sports journalist, which proved to be a turning point in his career. As a result he got bigger and better roles in films.
In 1980’s he earned the reputation of being an actor particularly in the crime genre such as in films as; ‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘White Mischief’, ‘The Hunt for Red October. In 2000, he shared the screen with celebrated actor Demi Moore, in the film ‘passion of mind’. Apart from acting in films and TV, he has been in touch with stage productions too. Some of his well known plays are; ‘Tim Rice’, ‘Evita’ and ‘A Little Night Music’. However, in the late 80’s, he ended up with any role that came his way, in order to go forward. This led him to become a part of some obscure film such as ‘It Could Happen Here’ (1987) which was a failure. In 2007 he lent his voice for the documentary film, ‘In Search of the Great Beast 666’ and also played the role of an alcoholic in ‘How About You’.
In September 2013, for the first time, he directed the Gala performance of the Shakespeare play, ‘King Lear’ at the Old Vic where he played the role of King Lear himself. Recently in 2013, he played the role of Prof. Mandela in the film, ‘Prisoners of the Sun’ and also in the historical epic, ‘Katherine of Alexandria’, he played the role of Rufus in 2014. In 2010 he published a book, “My Better Half and Me” and in 1989, he wrote an autobiography, “I Must Be in There somewhere”.