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Born 18th June 1938, in Aberdeen, Scotland, Michael Sheard is one of the more recognizable actors to have guested on Doctor Who thanks to his own acting skills and the memorable nature of the stories in which he appeared. Sheard died of cancer 31st August 2005 at his home on the Isle of Wight.
Outside "Doctor Who"' he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Admiral Ozzel in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back." He is also noted for having played Adolf Hitler several times, most recently in an uncredited cameo in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Interestingly, he has also played Heinrich Himmler on several occasions.
Mr. Sheard also appears in the Doctor Who documentaries "Osirian Gothic," "Chronotrips," and "Where on Earth Is ... Katy Manning Because She'd Really Like to Know!" and cameoed in "Creatures of Hate", a short fan video which featured the Daleks.
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Michael Sheard (June 18, 1938–August 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 movie.
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 movie 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.
He was a heavy regular at the UK Science Fiction convention circuit.