Actor Maximilan Schell Dead at 83
Won 1961 best actor Oscar
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 1, 2014 3:55 PM CST
In this April 9, 1962 file picture, Joan Crawford presents an Oscar to Maximilian Schell on the stage at Santa Monica, Calif., April 9, 1962.   (AP Photo/Anonymous)

(Newser) – Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in Stanley Kramer's classic Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83. Schell's agent said he died overnight at a hospital in the Austrian city of Innsbruck following a "sudden illness." Despite being type-cast for numerous Nazi-era films, Schell's acting performances in the mid-1970s won him renewed popular acclaim, earning him a best actor Oscar nomination for The Man in the Glass Booth and a supporting actor nomination for Julia.

Schell later worked as a producer and director, receiving further Oscar nods for Best Foreign Film for First Love and The Pedestrian. Perhaps Schell's most significant film as a director was his 1984 documentary on Marlene Dietrich, Marlene, which was nominated for a best documentary Oscar. Schell was also a highly successful concert pianist and conductor. Austrian Cabinet minister Josef Ostermayer described Schell as one of "the greatest actors in the German-speaking world," the Austria Press Agency reported.

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Ultraworld
Feb 2, 2014 4:44 PM CST
What a tremendous job he did in Judgement At Nuremberg. I was surprised that he was still with us.
troy705
Feb 1, 2014 7:56 PM CST
I saw the movies mentioned in the article. A great actor.
Gemini528
Feb 1, 2014 4:48 PM CST
The mad scientist from the Black Hole......excellent actor, RIP