Joss Ackland, an actor known for his roles in productions such as 'Lethal Weapon 2' and 'The Hunt for Red October', has died. The performer was 95 years old.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ackland died on Nov. 19 of natural causes and was accompanied by his family. "With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and seriousness to his roles. He will be remembered as one of Britain's most talented and beloved actors," his family said in a statement reported by the BBC.
Born on February 29, 1928, in London, Ackland worked for several regional theatre companies and ended up joining the iconic Old Vic. His first credited role dates back to 1952, when he appeared in the film 'Ghost Ship'. Throughout his career he has participated in productions such as 'Lethal Weapon 2' with Mel Gibson; 'Somos los mejores' with Emilio Estévez; 'The Hunt for Red October' with Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin or 'Bill and Ted's Amazing Journey' with Keanu Reeves. At the beginning of his career, he also appeared occasionally in television series such as 'Sherlock Holmes', 'David Copperfield' or 'The Avengers'.
"I've done a lot of garbage, but if it's not immoral, I don't care. I'm a workaholic. Sometimes it's a form of masochism. I was in 'Mad Dogs And Englishmen,' a Liz Hurley thing, which was appalling and rightly so, they tore it to shreds. Then I was on 'Passion for Living' last year with Demi Moore. Terrible script. Horrible, actually, but I needed the money. She's fine, she's not very bright or talented," Ackland said of his filmography in a 2001 interview with The Guardian.