He was Grange Hill's most famous teacher. But even before donning that toupee, Michael had a successful film and television career behind him...
 
DOB: 18 June 1940

Date of death: 31 August 2005 (cancer)

TV: Michael's TV credits are too numerous to list here but they include: SUSPENSE (1962); DOCTOR WHO (various stories - BBC 1963-1988); ON THE BUSES (LWT); CLOUD BURST (BBC 1974); VAN DER VALK (Thames); BLAKE'S 7 (BBC); THE PROFESSIONALS (LWT); Herr Grunwald in AUF WIEDERSEHEN PET (Central 1983); Mr Bronson in GRANGE HILL (1985-1989); CORONATION STREET (Granada 1989); THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY (Yorkshire 1991); Hermann Goering in ALLO ALLO (BBC)

FILMS: Among Michael's film credits were: Sgt Bauer in FORCE TEN FROM NAVARONE; Agent in LIVE AND LET DIE; Admiral Ozzel in STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). He played Hitler eight times in his career, noteably in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE and THE DIRTY DOZEN - SECOND ASSIGNMENT.

Michael Sheard

1988MICHAEL ON MAURICE: "Bronson was passionate about his teaching, but I was adamant that he would never hit a pupil or do anything like that," Michael told an interview for GH Online in 2004.There was that time when Roland had overslept and missed his French Oral and Mr Bronson put his job on the line to make sure that he was able to do it." Michael said he based the character on one of his son's teachers.

ON GRANGE HILL: "Well, actors say never work with children or animals!", adds Michael, "I thoroughly enjoyed it. Several of the ‘kids’ said that they really enjoyed working with me. And I thought that was very nice. "I did enjoy working with the ‘smaller actors’. Many were hoping Michael would reprise the role of Bronson; Michael would have said yes to a "reunion" special, but sadly it was not to be.

DIRECTOR'S FAVOURITE: Michael was well-liked by casting directors as a dependable, versatile character actor; he gained the nickname "One Take Mike" through his sheer professionalism. But Michael thought the term "fan" perjorative and preferred to think of his admirers as "appreciators".

FAMILY: Born the son of a minister in Aberdeen, Michael caught the acting bug in 1950 and trained at RADA. Michael and his wife Ros - an artist - lived on the Isle of Wight with their children, and Michael is survived by Ros and their sons.

Read our full interview with Michael Sheard here


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