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Maximilian Schell

Maximilian Schell

Since Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell's first screen performance more than 35 years ago, he has become one of the very few European actors who is equally well known on both sides of the Atlantic. Although the Austrian-born Schell was first seen by American audiences starring with Marlon Brando in The Young Lions, it was his role in Judgment At Nuremberg that brought him a Best Actor Oscar and international stardom. He had previously created the role in the Emmy-winning Playhouse 90 production.

Schell's subsequent career has included work in numerous American and international productions including Topkapi, The Odessa File and A Bridge Too Far, and in such mini-series as Peter The Great. Schell received Oscar nominations for his supporting roles in The Man In The Glass Booth (1975) and Julia (1977), starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda. More recently he re-teamed with Brando for The Freshman and in 1992 won the Golden Globe and Ace Awards and an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Lenin in HBO's Stalin. He was also nominated for an Emmy for Miss Rose White.

His stage interpretations in London and throughout Europe have established him as one of that continent's pre-eminent theatrical performers of the century. His Hamlet is regarded as a supreme interpretation of the classic role.

Schell is also a successful filmmaker. His film The Pedestrian, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1974 and won the Golden Globe in that category. He also made an acclaimed documentary on Marlene Dietrich, an Oscar nominee for feature documentary. He recently made his debut as producer and director on an American film, Candles In The Dark, starring his wife Natasha Andreichenko, Russia's leading film star.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Maximilian Schell Facts

BirthdayDecember 8, 1930 (93)
BirthplaceVienna, Austria
Awards1993 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for Stalin)
1962 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for Judgment at Nuremberg)
1962 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Judgement at Nuremberg)

Selected Filmography

Deep Impact
A Bridge Too Far
The Black Hole
Judgment at Nuremberg
The Brothers Bloom
A Far Off Place
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