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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Remembering Maximilian Schell 1930 - 2014

Actor Maximilian Schell, who died earlier today at age 83, received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 1961 drama, Judgment at Nuremberg. Forty years later in 2001, he appeared on Broadway in a stage adaptation of the film in the role that Burt Lancaster originally played.

His other film and television credits include Five Finger Exercise (1962), Topkapi (1964), Heidi (1968 TV movie), The Odessa File (1974), The Man in the Glass Booth (1975, Academy Award nomination for Best Actor), Julia (1977, Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Players (1979), The Black Hole (1979), The Diary of Anne Frank (1980 TV movie), Peter the Great (1986 miniseries), The Freshman (1990), Stalin (1992 HBO film), The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996 miniseries), and The Brothers Bloom (2008). He also wrote and directed Marlene, a 1984 documentary about Marlene Dietrich that received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

Below you can watch Schell in the trailer for Judgment at Nuremberg as well as his Academy Award acceptance speech.

1 comment:

joel65913 said...

A wonderful actor and also a fine film maker. Marlene is a fascinating piece of work, his documentary on his sister Maria Schell is also quite insightful but very sad ultimately.

That clip of his win is great, not only is his speech very gracious but he looks so handsome. On top of that you get Joan Crawford in full on movie star glamour mode and a quick peak at a very regal Greer Garson in the audience.