Oscar-Winning Actor Maximilian Schell Dead at 83

Oscar-Winning Actor Maximilian Schell Dead at 83

The Austrian won the Best Actor Academy Award for “Judgment at Nuremberg” in 1961

Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won an Academy Award for his role as a German defense attorney in the 1961 film “Judgment at Nuremberg,” has died at the age of 83.

The Vienna-born actor died overnight at a clinic in Innsbruck, his agent told the Austria Press Agency on Saturday.

Schell starred on stage and screen on both sides of the Atlantic after growing up in Switzerland, where his family settled to escape the Nazis after Germany's 1938 annexation of Austria.

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The brother of actress Maria Schell, he also won a Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle award for his role in “Judgment at Nuremberg”, which followed a TV drama version of the play.

He was nominated for two more Oscars for his acting, in 1976 for best actor for “The Man in the Glass Booth” and in 1978 as best supporting actor for “Julia”.

Schell won the 1993 Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or made-for-TV movie for “Stalin.”

  • Carlos Teran

    I'm deeply sorry for Mr. Schell passing, one of my favorite actor since enjoying his performance in “The Black Hole” as a kid. My prayers and condolences for his family and friends. He'll be dearly missed.