Midsomer Murders star Joss Ackland dies aged 95 as tributes pour in | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Tributes have poured in online after Midsomer Murders star Joss Ackland died aged 95.
The screen and stage actor died peacefully at home on Sunday (November 19) surrounded by relatives, his family said in a statement given to the PA news agency.
The family’s statement read the following: “With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a particular intensity and seriousness to his roles.
“He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.”
Ackland appeared in hundreds of films and television productions alongside his “rich and varied” stage career and was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2001.
He was also a “beloved father” and was married to his wife Rosemary for 51 years before she died of motor neurone disease in 2002.
Ackland had seven children, 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
His film debut was in John Boulting and Roy Boulting’s Oscar winning thriller Seven Days to Noon in 1950 in a small uncredited role.
The iconic actor made his credited debut in a supporting role in Vernon Sewell’s Ghost Ship (1952).
He also appeared with Alec Guinness in the 1979 TV series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the films The Sicilian, Lethal Weapon 2 and The Hunt for Red October.
On stage, he performed alongside great stars such as Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, and Tom Courtenay.
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