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Thursday, 01 September 2005 00:00

Admiral Ozzel
Admiral Ozzel
Actor Michael Sheard, best known for playing teacher Mr Bronson in long-running children's TV drama Grange Hill in the 1980s, has died aged 65.

Sheard gained wider fame as Admiral Ozzel in 1980 Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back.

His other films included Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade - one of a string of appearances as Adolf Hitler - and he was a regular guest in Doctor Who. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, he even played Hitler opposite Harrison Ford (Han Solo)!

His agent said he had cancer and died at home on the Isle of Wight.

In Star Wars, he was memorably choked by Darth Vader - and said George Lucas told him it was "the best screen death I've ever seen".

As Hitler opposite Harrison Ford
As Hitler opposite Ford
At the time, Star Wars was "just another part in a very busy actor's career", he said, but it has secured him a place in the hearts of Star Wars fans and an Admiral Ozzel action figure came out last year.

He regularly appeared at Star Wars, cult TV and 1980s-themed conventions and club nights.

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