British actor best known for his roles in acclaimed films like 1980's The Elephant Man and 1990's Wild at Heart. He was also a voice actor who voiced Lawrence Limburger on the animated series Biker Mice from Mars from 1993 to 1996.
He served in the British Merchant Navy and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1958.
He wore a glass eye throughout his career as a result of a botched surgery.
His son Mark Sheppard starred on the sci-fi TV series Supernatural.