Maximilian Schell

Academy Award-winning Swiss Actor
Born Dec 8, 1930

Maximilian Schell is an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg in 1961. He is also a writer, director and producer of several films.

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1930 Birth Born on December 8, 1930.
While he was a child, his family fled Vienna in 1938 when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, and they settled in Zurich, Switzerland. … Read More


1958 27 Years Old In 1958 Schell was invited to the United States to act in the Broadway play, "Interlock" by Ira Levin, in which Schell played the role of an aspiring concert pianist. … Read More
1959 28 Years Old In 1959, Schell acted in the role of a defense attorney in an edition of Playhouse 90 a live TV production of Judgment at Nuremberg, a fictionalized re-creation of the Nuremberg War Trials.
1960 29 Years Old …  He also was rumored to have been engaged to the first African American Supermodel Donyale Luna. in the mid 1960's.


1961 30 Years Old His performance in the TV drama was considered so good that he and Werner Klemperer were the only members of the original cast selected to play the same parts in the 1961 film version. … Read More
1968 37 Years Old Beginning in 1968 Schell began writing, producing, directing and acting in a number of his own films: Among those were The Castle (1968), a German film based on the novel by Franz Kafka, about a man trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare. … Read More


1985 54 Years Old In 1985 he met the Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko, whom he married in June 1986; their daughter Nastassja was born in 1989.


1996 - 2002 2 More Events
2003 72 Years Old From the 1990s until late in his career, Schell appeared in many German-language made-for-TV films, such as the 2003 film Alles Glück dieser Erde (All the Luck in the World) opposite Uschi Glas and in the television miniseries The Return of the Dancing Master (2004), which was based on Henning Mankell's novel.
2006 75 Years Old In 2006 he appeared in the stage play of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues, directed by Robert Altman, which played in London at the Old Vic.
2007 76 Years Old In 2007, he played the role of Albert Einstein on the German television series Giganten (Giants), which enacted the lives of people important in German history. … Read More
2008 77 Years Old From 2008 he was romantically involved with German opera singer Iva Mihanovic; they eventually married on 20 August 2013. … Read More
2011 80 Years Old In 2011, Schell appeared at a 50th anniversary tribute to the film and his Oscar win, held in Los Angeles at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he spoke about his career and the film.
2014 83 Years Old Schell died age 83 on 1 February 2014, in Innsbruck, Austria after a "sudden and serious illness". … Read More
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