Maximilian Schell - biography

Actor from Switzerland,Austria

Maximilian Schell Maximilian Schell (born 8 December 1930) 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. As of the death of Ernest Borgnine in July 2012, he is the earliest Best Actor Oscar winner still alive. However, he is not the oldest Best Actor Oscar winner still alive. Sidney Poitier, who won two years later than Schell, is still living and is three years older than Schell. Schell was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Margarethe (née Noe von Nordberg), an actress who ran an acting school, and Hermann Ferdinand Schell, a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright, and owner of a pharmacy. His parents were Roman Catholics. Schell's late elder sister, Maria Schell, was also an actress; as are their two other siblings, Carl and Immy (Immaculata) Schell. The Schell family moved to Zurich, Switzerland in 1938, where young Maximilian went on to serve in the Swiss Army, achieving the rank of corporal. He began acting at the Basel Theater. Schell made his Hollywood debut in 1958 in the World War II film The Young Lions. In 1959, he appeared as Hans Rolfe, the defense attorney,  ( Wikipedia article )


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Maximillian Schell
Date of birth
Place of birth
Margarete Schell Noé
Anastasia Schell Nastassja Schell
Maria Schell Carl Schell Immy Schell
Actor, Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter


Year Performance Character
2009 Darkness
2006 House of the Sleeping Beauties
2001 Festival in Cannes Viktor Kovner
1999 Joan of Arc
1998 Left Luggage
1997 Telling Lies in America
1989 The Rosegarden
1981 The Chosen
1980 The Diary of Anne Frank Pim Frank
1979 Avalanche Express
1972 Pope Joan
1968 The Castle
1966 The Deadly Affair
1964 Topkapi
1962 The Reluctant Saint
1962 Five Finger Exercise
1961 Hamlet

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