August Schellenberg

Actor
Canadian actor August Schellenberg has played a number of great fictional and real-life Native-American roles throughout his career. Schellenberg got his start acting in numerous stage productions after graduating from ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1936 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Comanche Moon 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

45 RPM 2007 (Movie)

Peter George (Actor)

Saving Grace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eight Below 2006 (Movie)

Mindo (Actor)

The Green Chain 2006 (Movie)

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The New World 2005 (Movie)

Powhatan (Actor)

Going the Distance 2004 (Movie)

Emile (Actor)

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Doves and Pigeons: Peace Symbol and Urban Pest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mysterious Ways 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

So Weird 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Time 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Willy 3: The Rescue 1997 (Movie)

Randolph (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Crazy Horse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Avenue 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

True Heart 1996 (Movie)

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Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

Randolph (Actor)

Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Will 1994 (Movie)

Ned Dodd (Actor)

Free Willy 1993 (Movie)

Randolph Johnson (Actor)

Black Robe 1991 (Movie)

Chomina (Actor)

Confidential 1986 (Movie)

Charles Ripley (Actor)

Qui a tire sur nos histoires d'amour? 1985 (Movie)

Fabien (Actor)

Covergirl 1984 (Movie)

Joel (Actor)

Best Revenge 1983 (Movie)

"ReconStar" Captain (Actor)

Running Brave 1983 (Movie)

Billy's Father (Actor)

Cross-Country 1982 (Movie)

Glen Cosgrove (Actor)

Heavy Metal 1981 (Movie)

of Taarak (Voice)

Latitude 52 Degrees 1981 (Movie)

Joseph Przyfiezny (Actor)

Death Hunt 1980 (Movie)

Deak de Clearque (Actor)

Kings and Desperate Men 1980 (Movie)

Stanley Aldini (Actor)

Bear Island 1978 (Movie)

Marine Technician (Actor)

Power Play 1978 (Movie)

Minh (Actor)

One Man 1976 (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

Champagne Charlie (TV Show)

Actor

DreamKeeper (TV Show)

Actor

Geronimo (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Gotti (TV Show)

Actor

High Noon (TV Show)

Actor

Scattering Dad (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters and Other Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (TV Show)

Actor

Terror on Track 9 (TV Show)

Actor

The Broken Cord (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Ben Casey (TV Show)

Actor

The West Side Waltz (TV Show)

Actor

Tramp at the Door (TV Show)

Actor

What Love Sees (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Canadian actor August Schellenberg has played a number of great fictional and real-life Native-American roles throughout his career. Schellenberg got his start acting in numerous stage productions after graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1966. He made his television debut in 1970 on an episode of "Castle Zaremba" and got introduced to film audiences when he appeared in the Canadian coming-of-age drama "Rip-Off" the following year. Schellenberg's career has included a number of intriguing projects. He's voiced characters in the 1981 cult animated film "Heavy Metal," gotten cast as a Mob soldier in 1994's "Getting Gotti," and played a prospector murder suspect in the 1980 docudrama "L'Affaire Coffin." But Schellenberg's most cherished parts have been Native Americans, be it the Apache warrior Cochise ("Geronimo"), his award-winning turn as the fictional 1600s-era Algonquin guide Chomina ("Black Robe"), or the full-blooded Choctaw grandfather of Holly Hunter's Grace Hanadarko ("Saving Grace"). The Canadian actor's favorite portrayal has been of Sitting Bull, whom he has played three times: in an episode of the 1970s historical reenactment series "Witness to Yesterday," the 1996 made-for-cable TNT movie "Crazy Horse," and the 2007 HBO adaptation of the Dee Brown book "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

Relationships

Father
Swiss lost a leg in a skiing accident and spent most of his life in hospitals was unable to care for son

Mother
Mohawk (indigenous people of North America originally from the Mohawk Valley) abandoned by his mother

Joan Karasevich

Wife
married his fellow theater school student

Joanna Schellenberg Actor

Daughter

Reena Schellenberg

Daughter

Sophia Schellenberg

Daughter

EDUCATION

dropped out of school at 14

National Theatre School of Canada

Montreal, Quebec
graduated in 1966

Milestones

2007

Reprised role of Sitting Bull in the HBO original movie, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

2005

Cast in the Terrence Mallick-directed "The New World"

2000

Cast in the TBS remake of the Western classic "High Noon"

1997

Once again starred as Randolph Johnson in "Free Willy 3: The Rescue"

1996

Portrayed Sitting Bull in TV movie "Crazy Horse"

1995

Reprised the role of Randolph Johnson in "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home"

1995

Cast in the CBS TV-movie of the Broadway play "The West Side Waltz," starring Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine and Kathy Bates

1994

Played an Indian handyman in the family adventure film "Iron Will"

1994

Co-starred in the TNT drama "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee"

1994

Played Grey Wolf, a recurring character on "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS)

1993

Played a Comanche warrior in the TNT movie, "Geronimo"

1993

Portrayed wise handyman, Randolph Johnson in the family feature "Free Willy"

1991

Earned a Canadian Genie Award as Algonquin chief, Chomina in Bruce Beresford's "Black Robe"

1988

Co-starred in the Canadian drama "Tramp at the Door"

1983

Co-starred with Robby Benson in "Running Brave" a biopic of Olympic medalist Billy Mills

1981

Lent his voice to the animated film "Heavy Metal"

1970

Made film debut in "Rip-Off"

Raised in a Montreal foster home until the age of 14

Spent 11 years on stage with national touring companies and at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Bonus Trivia

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Schellenberg was a one-time lightweight Golden Gloves boxer.

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