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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Actor, Great Memoirs, 8 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Yes, Mr Bronson: Memoirs of a Bum Actor (Paperback)
An incredibly interesting book, written by the man best known to those in the UK as Grange Hill's Mr. Bronson. Also starred in (amongst over 800 other projects) The Empire Strikes Back as Admrial Ozzel. Sheard takes the reader on a tour through his life, taking in the colourful characters he has met along the way. The informal style of writing makes this book very easy to get into...and once you're in, you'll not want to stop reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stroll through the world of 'Acting' in the company of someone who really knows what he is talking about, 9 Dec 2012
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Hal Marshall "I Write Books!" (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book is a fantastic read, written as it is in a quite unique style. It's a great pity that the late Michael Sheard was never able to record any audiobooks of his work (he wrote four volumes, all equally enjoyable), yet you can almost imagine him reading them to you, which I suppose is better than nothing and is a testament to his wonderfully relaxed and conversational prose.

I was lucky enough to be able to procure an autographed second-hand copy of 'Yes, Mr Bronson', complete with an inscription to 'Now, pay attention!'. I was even tempted, for a while, to rush off and change my name by deed poll so that the other message from Mr Sheard, 'To Louise', might somehow mean more. It was a close call, but I decided to hang fire on that (at least for the time being).

Michael Sheard was a hugely prolific actor, appearing in hundreds of televison programmes and dozens of films. His enthusiasm for his craft is obvious, as is the genuine amount of love and respect that he has for his fellow performers and colleagues. This was a man who was lucky to have been doing a job he loved and who never, ever forgot that. He tells the story of a 'working actor', albeit one who was fortunate enough to never really be 'resting', with all of the excitement of each acting job interspersed with lovely romantic tales of his 'Dearly Beloved' and his three children.

He was murdered remotely by Darth Vader in one film, and signed an autograph for Indiana Jones in another. He was, indeed, more than 'just' Maurice Bronson. Yet it was that one role which brought him the fame and recognition that a talent like his truly deserved. He named his first book after him, and he devotes a significant portion of that book to him, or at least, to writing about his entire time on 'Grange Hill'. Mr Bronson was a hugely complicated character, a fact that was not immediately apparent to the programme's prepubescent eighties' audience, who merely saw him as the strict persecutor of the 'cool kids'. However, looking back on the show with the benefit of twenty five years' experience of 'Life', it's clear to me that Bronson was a brilliant creation and that Michael Sheard was a quite superb exponent of his craft.

Thank you, sir - wherever you may be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Mr Bronson, 7 Jun 2012
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Very good. Particularly liked the copy being signed as sadly Michael
Sheard no longer with us. There was a lot more to him than just
being Mr Bronson you know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, interesting book, 8 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Yes, Mr Bronson: Memoirs of a Bum Actor (Paperback)
Got the book ages ago from michael. Found it to be extremely interesting, especially his insite into the movies he's been in and the interactions with his fellow bums.
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