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Michael Sheard

Michael Sheard

Michael Sheard was a Scottish actor who featured in a large number of films and television programmes.

Star Wars fans know him as Admiral Ozzel from The Empire Strikes Back, whereas those of Grange Hill will remember his performance as the terrifying deputy headmaster Mr Maurice Bronson. In 1983, he played Herr Grunwald, the German manager of a building site in the first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He portrayed Adolf Hitler five times, including in The Tomorrow People (1978) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). In the early 1990s he was also the original actor to play solicitor Marcus Christie in EastEnders.

He made appearances in six stories in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, with the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Doctors. More recently he appeared with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, in The Stones of Venice — a Doctor Who audio drama produced by Big Finish Productions.

He wrote several memoirs including Yes, Mr Bronson: Memoirs of a Bum Actor (ISBN 1840240075) published in 1997, Yes, Admiral (ISBN 1840241039) published in 1999, Yes, School's Out! (ISBN 9076953422) published 2001 and Yes, It's Photographic! published in 2004.

He died 31 August 2005, aged 65, at his home on the Isle of Wight. He had been suffering from cancer. A few weeks previously (9 August 2005) he appeared via telephone on the Iain Lee show on LBC and talked about his many appearances in film and television.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Michael Sheard Facts

BirthdayJune 18, 1938
BirthplaceAberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date of deathAugust 31, 2005 (Newport, England, United Kingdom, age 67)

Selected Filmography

Force 10 From Navarone
Pyramids of Mars: Part 3
Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy
Green Ice
All Quiet on the Western Front
Enemy at the Door: Series Two
Les Miserables
Riddle Of The Sands, The
Lord Peter Wimsey
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