British actor Joss Acland has died at the age of 95, his family announced in a statement.
He has appeared in films such as White Mischief, on television playing C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands and in numerous stage productions including the role of Juan Perón in Evita.
He also appeared in the film Hunt for Red October alongside Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, as well as the 1979 TV film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The actor died “peacefully” and was “surrounded by his family,” according to a statement from the Palestinian News Agency.
She added: “With his distinctive voice and dominant presence, Acland brought a unique strength and appeal to his roles. He will be remembered as one of Britain’s most talented and beloved actors.
Acland was also a “loving father” and was married to his wife, Rosemary, for 51 years before her death from motor neurone disease in 2002.
The actor received the CBE Award for Services to Drama in 2001. He appeared on stage alongside Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench and Tom Courtenay.
Ackland starred in composer Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Adelphi Theater in 1975, in which he played Frederic Egermann, a middle-aged lawyer married to a young wife but attracted to the worldly actress Desiree Armfeldt.
He was later cast as Argentine President Perón in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita three years later, alongside Ellen Page.
Off stage, the BAFTA-nominated actor starred alongside Greta Scacchi and Charles Dance in Michael Radford’s 1987 film White Mischief.
Ackland played Jock Delves Broughton, who was tried for the murder of Lord Errol in Kenya in 1941. He received a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal.
Another famous performance came in Michael Frayn’s television play, The First and the Last (1989), in which he played a pensioner walking from Land’s End to John o’Groats.
Ackland’s last screen appearance came in 2014 when he played Rufus in Decline of an Empire, which was also one of Peter O’Toole’s last acting credits.
Sidney Edmund Joslyn Acland was born in North Kensington in 1928, and had seven children and 34 grandchildren.
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