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Michael Sheard Actor Biography
Michael Sheard Actor Biography
Michael Sheard was born in Aberdeen on the 18th June 1938. His birth name was Donald Marriot Perkins. His father was a Church of Scotland Minister (Donald Perkins). They lived at Carlton Place. His mother's maiden name was Sheard and he later took this as his stage name. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School. The family moved to England when Michael was 15, though returned regularly to The Granite City to visit relatives. Michael studied at London's The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Before starting his acting career he served two years in the Royal Air Force.
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Films and Television Appearances Of Michael Sheard
His most fondly remembered role was as the Grange Hill teacher and deputy headmaster Mr Bronson who terrorised his pupils with his cries of "You Boy!" during the 1980s.
He had roles in many of the blockbuster films of the 1970s and 1980s such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. In Star Wars he played Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back film. His character was killed by Darth Vader. George Lucas, the Director and Creator of Star Wars, described his acting as the best death scene he'd ever seen. He was choked to death by Vader.
He worked again with Harrison Ford in his films of the Indiana Jones character in the first film Raiders of the Lost Ark where he played the U-Boat Captain. Michael Sheard played Adolf Hitler in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.
Michael played Hitler in four more films and TV programmes - Rogue Male, The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission, Hitler of the Andes and The Tomorrow People. He played another Nazi, Heinrich Himmler, in the films The Death of Adolf Hitler, The Bunker and in the TV programme Space.
He acted in British soap operas Crossroads and Coronation Street. He also had roles in classic comedies such as Allo Allo, On The Buses, The Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Science fiction roles included 4 roles in Doctor Who - The Headmaster in Remembrance of the Daleks, Supervisor Lowe in The Invisible Enemy, Laurence Scarman in Pyramids of Mars and Dr. Summers in The Mind of Evil and roles in Blakes 7 and The Tomorrow People. TV drama roles saw Michael have roles in The Darling Buds of May, Bulman, Tales of the Unexpected, Minder, Z Cars, The New Avengers, Softly Softly, The Sweeney, Dixon of Dock Green, The Protectors, Colditz, Jason King, Van der Valk, Paul Temple, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Adam Adamant Lives!
He regularly attended Dr Who and Star Wars conventions.
The Books Of Michael Sheard
Michael Sheard published his autobiography in 1997 entitled "Yes Mr Bronson - Memoirs Of A Bum Actor". The forward was written by fellow actor Roger Moore. His other memoir books included "Yes, School's Out! : Sci-Fi Conventions, Parties and Much, Much More ", "Yes It's Photographic: The Party Goes On" and "Yes, Admiral".
Michael died of cancer on the 31st August 2005 in the Isle of Wight where he had settled with his family. He was aged 67. He is survived by his artist wife Ros Sheard and their three children. His son Simon Sheard has also acted.
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