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Actor From "Empire Strikes Back" And "Indiana Jones" Movies Dies

August 31, 2005-- Posted at 2:40 PM CDT

LONDON (AP)_ He was choked to death by Darth Vader, and prompted Indiana Jones to say "Nazis! I hate these guys!

Michael Sheard played Admiral Ozzel in "The Empire Strikes Back" and Adolf Hitler in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." His agent says Sheard has now died at his home on Britain's Isle of Wight. Sheard had cancer. He was 65.

He's described his death in "The Empire Strikes Back" as the best death scene in the film. When Admiral Ozzel did something to make Darth Vader mad, Vader used the Force to choke him to death.

Sheard not only played Hitler in the Indiana Jones movie, he played him in four other projects, too.

In Britain, Sheard was best known for playing the teacher who terrorized his students in the long-running soap "Grange Hill."

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