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Joss Ackland
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    (February 29, 1928- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Sidney Edmund Jocelyn Ackland
    Appeared in the films 'Seven Days to Noon' (1950), 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1959), 'Rasputin: The Mad Monk' (1966), 'The House That Dripped Blood' (1970), 'The Three Musketeers' (1973), 'The Little Prince' (1974), 'One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing' (1975), 'Watership Down' (voice only, 1978), 'Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?' (1978), 'Saint Jack' (1979), 'A Zed and Two Noughts' (1985), 'Lethal Weapon 2' (1989), 'The Hunt for Red October' (1990), 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey' (1991), 'The Mighty Ducks' (1992), 'A Kid in King Arthur's Court' (1995), 'D3: The Mighty Ducks' (1996), 'Surviving Picasso' (1996), 'K-19: The Widowmaker' (2002) and 'Prisoners of the Sun' (2007)
    Appeared on TV in 'Room 13' (1966), 'Mystery and Imagination' (1966-68), 'Z Cars' (1967-68), 'A Place of One's Own' (1968), 'The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes' (1973), 'Hitler: The Last Ten Days' (1973), 'Great Expectations' (1974), 'The Sweeny' (1978), 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' (1979), 'Shadowlands' (1985), 'A Murder of Quality' (1991), 'A Woman Named Jackie' (1991), 'They Do It With Mirrors' (1991), 'Shakespeare: The Animated Tales' (voice only, 1992), 'Testament: The Bible in Animation' (voice only, 1996), 'Above and Beyond' (2006) and 'Hogfather' (2006)
    Appeared on the London stage in 'Evita' and 'A Little Night Music'
    Named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2001)
    He gave up acting to run a tea plantation in Kenya but decided that was too dangerous after six months.
    For some reason, he is frequently cast as Russian officials.
    He said former co-star Demi Moore was 'not very bright or talented.'
    He admitted about his films, 'I do an awful lot of crap.'
    He was a member of the Old Vic theater company.
    He and Rosemary Kirkcaldy were married for 51 years until her death.
    Despite filming in remote locations, he claims that he and his wife never spent a night apart.
    His oldest son Paul died of a heroin overdose (1982).

Credit: C. Fishel

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