Midsomer Murders and Lethal Weapon 2 star Joss Ackland dies aged 95
Tributes have flooded online after Midsomer Murders star Joss Ackland died aged 95.
The film and theater actor died peacefully at home on Sunday November 19, surrounded by his loved ones, his family said in a statement provided to the PA news agency.
The family statement read: “With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Ackland brought a unique intensity and gravitas 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 diverse” stage career and was appointed CBE for services to theater in 2001.
The actor was also a “loving father” and was married to Rosemary for 51 years before dying of motor neurone disease in 2002.
Ackland had seven children, 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
He first appeared on film in John Boulting and Roy Boulting’s Oscar-winning thriller Seven Days Before Noon in 1950 in an 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 television series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and in the films The Sicilian, Lethal Weapon 2, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and The Hunt for Red October.
On stage he has performed alongside major stars such as Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench and Tom Courtenay.
Tributes to the beloved actor have already started pouring in on social media.
On X, actor Stephen Graham wrote: ‘Sad news about Joss Ackland. Her performance in Sherlock Holmes and the Copper Beech Adventure is one of my favorite turns in anything. the funny stories?’.”
Ackland’s former co-star Sally Thomsett added: “Sad news my darlings, the great Joss Ackland has passed away. He played my father on many occasions. A lovely father and a superb actor, he will be greatly missed .God rest her soul, Sally XxXxX.” (sic)
While another fan said: “See you Joss Ackland, a superb actor, always remembered for his line ‘Diplomatic immunity’ in Lethal Weapon 2.”