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Austrian Oscar winner Maximilian Schell dies

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Feb 02, 2014 | 7:29am EST

Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell has died at the age of 83. The star passed away after a "sudden illness" in a clinic in his native Austria on Saturday (01Feb14), his agent has confirmed. He had fallen ill while filming last month (Jan14). Starting out as a stage actor in Europe, he moved to Hollywood and came to prominence in the late 1950s after starring alongside Marlon Brando in war film The Young Lions. He won international acclaim for playing a lawyer defending a Nazi war criminal in Holocaust movie Judgment at Nuremberg, which won him the Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe. Schell went on to star in varied films such as Topkapi, The Black Hole, and Deep Impact. He appeared in a number of hit TV series including 1992's Stalin, which won him a second Golden Globe. He also received two more Oscar nominations for his turns in other Nazi-themed films, The Man In The Glass Booth and Julia. Schell was married to Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko from 1985 to 2005 and walked down the aisle for a second time with Iva Mihanovic last year (13).

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