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Also Known As: Died: February 1, 2014
Born: December 8, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, director

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Though he spent a great part of his career playing a variety of roles, actor Maximilian Schell made his name in a number of World War II-themed film and television projects. After taking his first Hollywood bow with a turn as a Nazi officer in "The Young Lions" (1958), Schell won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a dogged defense attorney in the courtroom classic "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). Not content with being strictly an actor, he also developed a second career as an award-winning director, starting with "First Love" (1970), which earned a foreign picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Over the next few decades, Schell amassed an impressive array of screen credits that included a compelling performance in the title role of "Peter the Great" (NBC, 1986). He earned several awards, including a Golden Globe, for portraying another prominent Russian leader in "Stalin" (HBO, 1992). By that time in his career, Schell was doing his most prominent work on the small screen, while occasionally appearing in niche features and independents. At his death at the age of 83, Schell was long remembered for being perhaps the most famous and accomplished actor to emerge from his native Austria. ...

Though he spent a great part of his career playing a variety of roles, actor Maximilian Schell made his name in a number of World War II-themed film and television projects. After taking his first Hollywood bow with a turn as a Nazi officer in "The Young Lions" (1958), Schell won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a dogged defense attorney in the courtroom classic "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). Not content with being strictly an actor, he also developed a second career as an award-winning director, starting with "First Love" (1970), which earned a foreign picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Over the next few decades, Schell amassed an impressive array of screen credits that included a compelling performance in the title role of "Peter the Great" (NBC, 1986). He earned several awards, including a Golden Globe, for portraying another prominent Russian leader in "Stalin" (HBO, 1992). By that time in his career, Schell was doing his most prominent work on the small screen, while occasionally appearing in niche features and independents. At his death at the age of 83, Schell was long remembered for being perhaps the most famous and accomplished actor to emerge from his native Austria.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  My Sister Maria (2004) Director
2.
  Marlene (1984) Director
3.
4.
  Murder on the Bridge (1975) Director
5.
  Pedestrian, The (1974) Director
6.
  First Love (1970) Director
7.
  Candles in the Dark (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Flores Negras (2009)
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4.
 Coast to Coast (2004) Casimir Michaelstadt
5.
 Fisimatenten (2000) Poser
6.
 I Love You Baby (2000)
7.
 Festival in Cannes (1999) Viktor Kovner
8.
 Left Luggage (1998) Mr Silberschmidt--Chaja'S Father
9.
 Eighteenth Angel, The (1998) Father Simeon
10.
 Deep Impact (1998) Jason Lerner
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Milestones close milestones

1948:
Served in the Swiss Army, achieving the rank of corporal
1953:
Began acting at the Basel Theater
1955:
First film appearance, "Kinder, Mütter und ein General"
1958:
Made Hollywood debut in Edward Dmytryk's "The Young Lions"; starred Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Dean Martin
1958:
Made American stage debut in Ira Levin's "Interlock"
1959:
Played defense attorney, Hans Rolfe in the Playhouse 90 television production of "Judgment at Nuremberg" (CBS)
1961:
Reprised role of defense attorney for Stanley Kramer's film adaptaion of "Judgment at Nuremberg"
1962:
Cast as an insane Nazi war criminal in Vittorio De Sica's "The Condemned of Altona"
1962:
Re-teamed with Dmytryk for "The Reluctant Saint"
1964:
Co-starred as a gentleman thief in the heist film, "Topkapi"
1965:
Made London stage debut in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me"
1968:
Made debut as writer/producer, "Das Schloss/The Castle"; also starred in the title role of 'K'
1969:
Reprised stage role in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me" on Broadway
1970:
Made directorial debut with "First Love"; also co-produced, co-adapted and starred in; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film
1973:
Directed "The Pedestrian"; again produced, scripted and acted; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film
1975:
Starred in Arthur Hiller's adaptation of "The Man in the Glass Booth"; earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination
1976:
Co-starred with Charles Bronson in J. Lee Thompson's "St. Ives"
1977:
Played Captain Stransky in Sam Peckinpah's only war film, "Cross of Iron"
1977:
First film with Vanessa Redgrave, "Julia"; earned a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
1979:
Starred in the sci-fi feature, "The Black Hole"
1980:
Played the part of Anne Frank's father (played by Melissa Gilbert) in the NBC TV-movie, "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1983:
Starred in the CBS TV-move remake of "The Phantom of the Opera"
1984:
Directed the documentary film "Marlene," based on his tape-recorded interview with Marlene Dietrich who refused to appear onscreen; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature
1986:
Played the title role in the NBC miniseries, "Peter the Great"; also starred Vanessa Redgrave and Laurence Olivier
1990:
Joined the final season of CBS' "Wiseguy" as wealthy businessman Amado Guzman
1990:
Acted opposite Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick in the comedy, "The Freshman"
1991:
Played 'Frederick the Great' opposite Redgrave's Empress Elizabeth in the TNT miniseries, "Young Catherine"
1992:
Cast as Lenin, opposite Robert Duvall in the title role of "Stalin" (HBO)
1992:
Received an Emmy nomination for his performance in the NBC movie, "Miss Rose White"
1993:
Directed and acted in the Family Channel movie, "Candles in the Dark"; also starred with wife Natasha
1994:
Once again collaborated with Redgrave in "Little Odessa"
1998:
Appeared as a concentration camp survivor in Jeroen Krabbe's directorial debut, "Left Luggage"
1998:
Once again acted with Redgrave in Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact"
1998:
Played Catholic clergymen in both "The Eighteenth Angel" and "John Carpenter's Vampires"
2001:
Co-starred in the PBS production, "The Song of the Lark"
2001:
Acted in a Broadway production of "Judgment at Nuremberg"
2001:
Directed a Los Angeles Opera production of "Lohengrin"
2002:
Filmed "My Sister Maria," a documentary about the career of and his relationship with Maria Schell
2003:
Appeared in the German TV series, "Der Fürst und das Mädchen"
2004:
Cast in the German mini-series, "The Return of the Dancing Master," based on Henning Mankell's novel
2009:
Acted in the comedy caper film, "The Brothers Bloom"
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Education

University of Zurich: -
University of Munich: -
University of Basel: -

Notes

Schell received an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1992.

He received incredible accolades internationally as a filmmaker. "First Love", "The End of the Game", "Tales from the Vienna Woods" and "Marlene" all received their fair share of awards from various film festivals, but the hands-down winner was "The Pedestrian" which, in addition to its Golden Globe as Best Foreign Film, garnered 46 other awards worldwide.

Schell has been diagnosed with diabetes.

In August 2000, the actor was flown to Germany from Riga after becoming ill with an inflamation of the pancreas, a situation that doctors described as serious but not life-threatening.

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companion:
Neile Adams McQueen. Former dancer. Had affair c. 1969.
companion:
Neile Adams McQueen. Born in December 1991.
wife:
Natalia Andreichenko. Actor. Russian; married in 1985; mother of Nastia; acted with husband in NBC miniseries "Peter the Great" and "Little Odessa" (1994), among other projects.
wife:
Natalia Andreichenko. British army officer.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Hermann Ferdinand Schell. Writer and poet.
father:
Hermann Ferdinand Schell. Chemist. Had run away from home as a boy to become a circus performer; later ran a pharmacy and surgical appliance store in Southampton.
mother:
Margarethe Schell. Actor.
mother:
Margarethe Schell. Survived her.
sister:
Maria Schell. Actor. Acted together in "The Odessa File" (1974).
sister:
Maria Schell. Survived her.
sister:
Edith Schell. Pipeliner.
sister:
Edith Schell. Actor.
brother:
Karl Schell. Had four; survived her.
brother:
Karl Schell. Actor. Acted in Robert Siodmak's "Escape From East Berlin" (1962).
daughter:
Nastia Schell. Had one; survived her.
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