Joss Ackland, the actor who starred in White Mischief and Lethal Weapon 2, died on Sunday, November 19, 2023. He was 95 years old.
In White Mischief, he played as a man who becomes jealous of his wife’s affair and is tried for murdering her lover. In Lethal Weapon 2, Ackland played a foreign diplomat who was heading a smuggling and money laundering ring.
He was born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on February 29, 1928 in North Kensington, London. Ackland attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and debuted on stage in a 1945 production of The Hasty Heart. His onstage work included performances in Evita, A Little Night Music, and King Lear, among others.
Ackland had over 200 film and TV credits to his name, starting with Landfall in 1949. He starred in the TV series, The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling and Z Cars, and he was in adaptations of The Three Musketeers and Great Expectations. He was also in Watership Down, Saint Jack, It Couldn’t Happen Here, and a Jekyll and Hyde TV movie.
Some of Ackland’s well known US roles were in The Hunt for Red October, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, The Mighty Ducks, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, My Giant, and K-19: The Widowmaker. His final roles were The Portrait, Decline of an Empire, and Aeris – all in 2014.