Maximilian Schell

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1930 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (70)

Ninth November Night 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flores Negras 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Brothers Bloom 2009 (Movie)

Diamond Dog (Actor)

House of the Sleeping Beauties 2008 (Movie)

Kogi (Actor)

Coast to Coast 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Festival in Cannes 2002 (Movie)

Viktor Kovner (Actor)

I Love You Baby 2000 (Movie)

Walter Ekland (Actor)

Left Luggage 2000 (Movie)

Mr Silberschmidt--Chaja's Father (Actor)

Fisimatenten 1999 (Movie)

Poser (Actor)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Jason Lerner (Actor)

John Carpenter's Vampires 1998 (Movie)

Cardinal Alba (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Telling Lies in America 1997 (Movie)

Dr Istvan Jonas (Actor)

The Eighteenth Angel 1997 (Movie)

Father Simeon (Actor)

The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Odessa 1995 (Movie)

Arkady Shapira (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

A Far Off Place 1993 (Movie)

Colonel Mopani Theron (Actor)

Justiz 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Labyrinth 1992 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

Larry London (Actor)

The Rose Garden 1989 (Movie)

Aaron Reichenbacher (Actor)

Marlene 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Assisi Underground 1985 (Movie)

Colonel Mueller (Actor)

Morgen in Alabama 1983 (Movie)

David Landau (Actor)

Phantom of the Opera 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Diary of Anne Frank 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chosen 1980 (Movie)

Professor David Malter (Actor)

Players 1979 (Movie)

Marco (Actor)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

Dr Hans Reinhardt (Actor)

Amo Non Amo 1978 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Avalanche Express 1978 (Movie)

Nikolai Bunin (Actor)

Cross of Iron 1977 (Movie)

Captain Stransky (Actor)

Julia 1977 (Movie)

Johann (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Lieutenant General Wilhelm Bittrich (Actor)

St. Ives 1976 (Movie)

Dr Constable (Actor)

Atentat u Sarajevu 1975 (Movie)

Shastar (Actor)

The Man in the Glass Booth 1973 (Movie)

Arthur Goldman (Actor)

The Odessa File 1973 (Movie)

Eduard Roschmann (Actor)

The Pedestrian 1973 (Movie)

Andreas Giese (Actor)

Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

Adrian (Actor)

Paulina 1880 1971 (Movie)

Count (Actor)

First Love 1969 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Krakatoa, East of Java 1969 (Movie)

Hanson (Actor)

The Castle 1969 (Movie)

K (Actor)

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

Dieter Fray (Actor)

Counterpoint 1966 (Movie)

Schiller (Actor)

Return From the Ashes 1965 (Movie)

Stanislaus Pilgrin (Actor)

Topkapi 1964 (Movie)

Walter Harper (Actor)

The Condemned of Altona 1962 (Movie)

Franz (Actor)

Five Finger Exercise 1961 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

Hans Rolfe (Actor)

The Reluctant Saint 1961 (Movie)

Giuseppe Desa (Actor)

The Young Lions 1958 (Movie)

Captain Hardenberg (Actor)

Kinder, Mutter und ein General 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

Abraham (TV Show)

Actor

Bolivar (Movie)

(Actor)

Candles in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor

Heidi (TV Show)

Actor

Joan of Arc (TV Show)

Actor

Life In Squares (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Rose White (TV Show)

Actor

Peter the Great (TV Show)

Actor

Stalin (TV Show)

Actor

The Shell Seekers (TV Show)

Actor

The Song of the Lark (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy (TV Show)

Actor

Young Catherine (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (7)

My Sister Maria 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tales From the Vienna Woods 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ansichten Eines Clowns 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Murder on the Bridge 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pedestrian 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

First Love 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Castle 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (6)

My Sister Maria 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Marlene 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Tales From the Vienna Woods 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Murder on the Bridge 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pedestrian 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

First Love 1969 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

My Sister Maria 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marlene 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Murder on the Bridge 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pedestrian 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trotta 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

First Love 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Nastia Schell

Daughter
Born in 1989 mother, Natalya Andreychenko

Natalia Andreichenko

Wife
Married the Russian actress in 1985 acted together in the NBC miniseries "Peter the Great" (1986) and "Little Odessa" (1994)

Angelina Jolie Actor

Goddaughter

Donyale Luna Actor

Companion
In the mid 1960s, Schell was reportedly engaged to marry the African American model, though the wedding never happened

Neile McQueen

Companion
Reportedly had affair c. 1969

Hermann Schell

Father
Also owned a pharmacy

Maria Schell Actor

Sister
Born in 1926 acted with her brother in "The Odessa File" (1974) died from pneumonia on April 26, 2005 at age 79

Margarethe Schell

Mother

Immy Schell Actor

Sister
Born in 1935

Karl Schell

Brother
Born in 1927 acted in Robert Siodmak's "Escape From East Berlin" (1962)

EDUCATION

University of Munich

University of Basel

University of Zurich

Milestones

2009

Acted in the comedy caper film, "The Brothers Bloom"

2004

Cast in the German mini-series, "The Return of the Dancing Master," based on Henning Mankell's novel

2003

Appeared in the German TV series, "Der Fürst und das Mädchen"

2002

Filmed "My Sister Maria," a documentary about the career of and his relationship with Maria Schell

2001

Co-starred in the PBS production, "The Song of the Lark"

2001

Directed a Los Angeles Opera production of "Lohengrin"

2001

Acted in a Broadway production of "Judgment at Nuremberg"

1998

Appeared as a concentration camp survivor in Jeroen Krabbe's directorial debut, "Left Luggage"

1998

Played Catholic clergymen in both "The Eighteenth Angel" and "John Carpenter's Vampires"

1998

Once again acted with Redgrave in Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact"

1994

Once again collaborated with Redgrave in "Little Odessa"

1993

Directed and acted in the Family Channel movie, "Candles in the Dark"; also starred with wife Natasha

1992

Received an Emmy nomination for his performance in the NBC movie, "Miss Rose White"

1992

Cast as Lenin, opposite Robert Duvall in the title role of "Stalin" (HBO)

1991

Played 'Frederick the Great' opposite Redgrave's Empress Elizabeth in the TNT miniseries, "Young Catherine"

1990

Acted opposite Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick in the comedy, "The Freshman"

1990

Joined the final season of CBS' "Wiseguy" as wealthy businessman Amado Guzman

1986

Played the title role in the NBC miniseries, "Peter the Great"; also starred Vanessa Redgrave and Laurence Olivier

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

1983

Starred in the CBS TV-move remake of "The Phantom of the Opera"

1980

Played the part of Anne Frank's father (played by Melissa Gilbert) in the NBC TV-movie, "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1979

Starred in the sci-fi feature, "The Black Hole"

1977

First film with Vanessa Redgrave, "Julia"; earned a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1977

Played Captain Stransky in Sam Peckinpah's only war film, "Cross of Iron"

1976

Co-starred with Charles Bronson in J. Lee Thompson's "St. Ives"

1975

Starred in Arthur Hiller's adaptation of "The Man in the Glass Booth"; earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination

1973

Directed "The Pedestrian"; again produced, scripted and acted; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film

1969

Made directorial debut with "First Love"; also co-produced, co-adapted and starred in; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film

1968

Reprised stage role in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me" on Broadway

1968

Made debut as writer/producer, "Das Schloss/The Castle"; also starred in the title role of 'K'

1965

Made London stage debut in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me"

1964

Co-starred as a gentleman thief in the heist film, "Topkapi"

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"

1961

Reprised role of defense attorney for Stanley Kramer's film adaptaion of "Judgment at Nuremberg"

1959

Played defense attorney, Hans Rolfe in the Playhouse 90 television production of "Judgment at Nuremberg" (CBS)

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"

1955

First film appearance, "Kinder, Mütter und ein General"

1953

Began acting at the Basel Theater

1948

Served in the Swiss Army, achieving the rank of corporal

Bonus Trivia

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

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Was diagnosed with diabetes.

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