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18 June 1938|
|Died||31 August 2005
Isle of Wight, England
Cause of death
Sheard was born in Aberdeen, Scotland; the son of a church minister, and was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. During his national service, Sheard was a Royal Air Force aircraftman.
Sheard is most known for playing villains. His most prominent television role was as strict deputy headmaster Maurice Bronson in the British children's series Grange Hill which he played from 1985-89. His most prominent film role was that of Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
In addition to his Star Wars role, Sheard had a lengthy affiliation with science fiction, and appeared in six stories of the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, appearing with the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Doctors. He provided a DVD commentary for the 1975 Doctor Who adventure Pyramids of Mars, in which he appeared, and he also worked with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, in "The Stones of Venice", a Doctor Who audio drama produced by Big Finish Productions. He was a regular guest at both Doctor Who and Star Wars conventions over the years in the UK and the US.
Further to this, he had guest roles in Colditz (1972), On The Buses (1973), Space: 1999 (1975), and The Tomorrow People (1978). Also in 1978, he appeared in one episode ("Sleeping Partners", as the character Adderley) in the television series All Creatures Great and Small.
Sheard portrayed Adolf Hitler five times throughout his career, including in The Tomorrow People (1978) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Rogue Male (1976). He has also portrayed Heinrich Himmler three times. In 1983, he played "Herr Grunwald", the German manager of a building site in the first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
In February 2005 he played a small cameo role as the narrator in Star Wars fan film Order of the Sith: Vengeance and its sequel Downfall - Order of the Sith - alongside Jeremy Bulloch and David Prowse. These fan films were made in England in support of Save the Children.
Sheard died on 31 August 2005 (aged 67) at his home on the Isle of Wight. He had been suffering from cancer. A few weeks previously on 9 August he appeared via telephone on the Iain Lee show on LBC and talked about his career in film and television.
- Crossroads (1964) (TV)
- The Likely Lads (1964) (TV)
- Doctor Who (1966, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1988) (TV)
- The McKenzie Break (1970)
- Frenzy (1972)
- Holiday on the Buses (1973)
- The Protectors "WAM" Part One & Two (1973)(TV)<network dvds>
- Fall of Eagles (1974) (TV)
- Five Red Herrings (1975) (TV)
- The Sweeney "Hit and Run" (1975) (TV)
- Rogue Male (1976) (TV)
- The Hiding Place (1975)
- Lillie (1978) (TV)
- Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
- Les Misérables (1978) (TV)
- The Riddle of the Sands (1979)
- Escape to Athena (1979)
- Minder (1979)
- Caught on a Train (1980)
- Blake's 7 "Powerplay" (1980) (TV)
- Take the High Road (1980) (TV)
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- The Bunker (1981) (TV)
- Green Ice (1981)
- High Road to China (1983) (film)
- Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–84) (TV)
- The Invisible Man (1984) (TV)
- Grange Hill (1985–1989) (TV)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (uncredited)
- Coronation Street (1989) (TV)
- 'Allo 'Allo! (1991) (TV)
- Hitler of the Andes (2003) (TV movie)
- Shadows In The Woods (2006)
- Yes, Mr Bronson: Memoirs of a Bum Actor (ISBN 1-84024-007-5) published in 1997
- Yes, Admiral (ISBN 1-84024-103-9) published in 1999
- Yes, School's Out! (ISBN 90-76953-42-2) published 2001
- Yes, It's Photographic! published in 2004