British actor and White Mischief star Joss Ackland has died aged 95

British actor Joss Ackland has died aged 95, his family said in a statement.

The prolific stage and screen actor, who appeared in more than 100 films and TV series, died “peacefully” and “surrounded by family”, they said.

He was also described as a “beloved father” and was married to his wife Rosemary for 51 years before she died in 2002.

He appeared in films including White Mischief and 1989’s Lethal Weapon 2.

A family statement said: “With her distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and charm to her roles.

“He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and loved actors.”


Born in 1928 in the Ladbroke Grove area of London, Ackland grew up in Kilburn, north London.

He honed his skills working for various regional theater groups, eventually joining the Old Vic in London.

Ackland also played author C.S. Lewis in the 1985 television film Shadowlands.

He appeared in dozens of films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including The Mighty Ducks and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

In a 2001 interview with the BBC he said he appeared in some “bad films” because he was a workaholic.

He was awarded a CBE in 2000 for his services to acting.