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Michael Sheard
Biographical information
Born

June 18, 1938

Died

August 31, 2005

Nationality

Scottish

Career
Star Wars work
Other works of note


Michael Sheard (June 18, 1938August 31, 2005) was a Scottish actor who played Admiral Kendal Ozzel in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. He died on August 31, 2005 after a battle with cancer.

Sheard, who has portrayed Adolf Hitler five times, did so in a scene in the George Lucas-written Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, opposite another Star Wars actor, Harrison Ford. Julian Glover also starred in that film.

Previously, Sheard had (briefly) worked with Lucas as the U-boat captain in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1978, he had starred in a film version of Les Miserables alongside Kenneth Colley.

He was also known to sci-fi fans for appearing numerous times in the sci-fi series Doctor Who as well as holding the record for actor playing along side most of the Doctors. The stories which he starred in include The Ark (1966), The Mind of Evil (1971), Pyramids of Mars (1975), The Invisible Enemy (1977), Castrovalva (1982), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) and The Stones of Venice (2001). He also provided the commentary for the Pyramids of Mars DVD.

In what proved to be his final appearance in front of the camera, Michael joined Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse and Orli Shoshan in the final two parts of UK fanfilm trilogy, Order of the Sith. Michael read the opening crawl for each film. The films were made in aid of Save the Children - part of a vast range of work Michael did for charity.

He was a heavy regular at the UK Science Fiction convention circuit.

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