Maximilian Schell

Highest Rated: 100% Marlene (1984)
Birthday: Dec 8, 1930
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Maximilian Schell may not be a household name, but he is internationally respected, particularly in Europe, as an award-winning actor/director of stage and screen. He was born in Vienna, Austria, on December 8, 1930, but raised in Switzerland after his parents, Swiss author/poet Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian actress Margarethe Noe von Nordberg, fled there to escape the effects of Nazi Germany's forcible annexation of Austria in 1938. As a young man, Schell studied at three universities -- Zurich, Basel, and Munich -- before making his professional stage debut in 1952. In 1955, he appeared in his first film, Kinder, Mütter und ein General. He next debuted on Broadway and then in Hollywood, playing a German officer who befriends fellow soldier Marlon Brando in The Young Lions (1958). Schell earned an Oscar in 1961 for his intriguing performance as a defense attorney in Judgment at Nuremberg, and would subsequently be nominated for Oscars for his work in The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) and Julia (1977). In 1968, he produced Das Schloss (The Castle) and made his feature film directorial/screenwriting debut with Erste Liebe (First Love) in 1970. The latter film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film, as did his 1973 effort Der Fussgänger. The latter also won him a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. As a director and producer, Schell distinguished himself on the international stage with productions such as the remarkable Tales From the Vienna Woods and the modern opera Coronet. In addition to film and stage work, he has occasionally worked on television, winning a Golden Globe for his supporting role as Lenin in the HBO miniseries Stalin (1992) and additional acclaim for his work in Peter the Great (1986) and Joan of Arc (1999). Schell's screen appearances became sporadic in the later 1980s, and he rarely branched out from acting. Notable films from the '90s included a rare comic role opposite Marlon Brando in The Freshman (1990), a dramatic turn as a stern patriarch in screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' autobiographical Telling Lies in America (1997), Tea Leoni's father in Deep Impact (1998), and a cardinal in John Carpenter's Vampires (1998). When not busying himself on stage, screen, and television, he distinguished himself as a concert pianist and conductor. He performed with Claudio Abado, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and Leonard Bernstein.In his later years before his death in 2014 he appeared in Fisimatenten, and in 2002 he directed My Sister Maria. In 2008 he appeared in both House of the Sleeping Beauties, and the con-artist comedy The Brothers Bloom.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ein Mädchen aus Flandern (The Girl from Flanders) Actor 2014
68% The Brothers Bloom The Diamond Dog $3.5M 2009
No Score Yet Flores negras Actor 2009
28% Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties) Kogi 2008
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Shell Seekers Lawrence Stern 2006
65% Festival in Cannes Viktor Kovner $41.5K 2002
58% My Sister Maria Narrator Director 2002
42% Left Luggage Chaja's Father 2001
No Score Yet The Song of the Lark Wunsch 2000
10% Joan of Arc Brother John Le'Maitre 1999
No Score Yet Fisimatenten Actor 1999
39% John Carpenter's Vampires Cardinal Alba 1998
No Score Yet The Eighteenth Angel Father Simeon 1998
45% Deep Impact Jason Lerner 1998
65% Telling Lies in America Dr. Istvan Jonas 1997
No Score Yet Claudio Abbado: In Portrait Actor 1996
61% Little Odessa Arkady Shapira 1995
No Score Yet Abraham Pharoah 1994
No Score Yet Candles in the Dark Director Col. Arkush 1993
No Score Yet Justiz (Justice) Isaak Kohler 1993
45% A Far Off Place Col. Mopani Theron 1993
No Score Yet Justice Actor 1993
No Score Yet Stalin Lenin 1992
No Score Yet Miss Rose White Mordechai Weiss 1992
No Score Yet Young Catherine Frederick the Great 1991
93% The Freshman Larry London 1990
No Score Yet The Rose Garden Aaron Reichenbach 1989
No Score Yet Peter the Great Peter the Great 1986
No Score Yet The Assisi Underground Col. Müller 1985
100% Marlene Director Actor Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera Actor 1983
75% The Chosen Professor David Malter 1981
No Score Yet The Diary Of Anne Frank Actor 1980
No Score Yet Coast to Coast Casimir Michaelstadt 1980
No Score Yet Avalanche Express Bunin 1979
No Score Yet Players Marco 1979
40% The Black Hole Dr. Hans Reinhardt 1979
No Score Yet Atentat u Sarajevu Djuro Sarac 1978
72% Julia Johann 1977
59% A Bridge Too Far Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich 1977
80% Cross of Iron Hauptmann (Capt.) Stransky 1977
38% St. Ives Dr. John Constable 1976
No Score Yet The Man in the Glass Booth Arthur Goldman 1975
60% End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman) Director Screenwriter Producer 1975
64% The Odessa File Eduard Roschmann 1974
No Score Yet The Rehearsal Actor 1974
No Score Yet Der Fußgänger (The Pedestrian) Director Andreas Giese 1973
No Score Yet Pope Joan Adrian 1972
No Score Yet First Love Producer Father Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Simón Bolívar Simón Bolívar 1969
0% Krakatoa East of Java Captain Hanson 1969
No Score Yet Heidi Herr Sesemann 1968
No Score Yet Counterpoint Actor 1967
No Score Yet The Deadly Affair Dieter Frey 1966
No Score Yet Return From The Ashes Actor 1965
90% Topkapi Walter Harper 1964
No Score Yet The Condemned of Altona Franz von Gerlach 1962
No Score Yet Five Finger Exercise Walter 1962
No Score Yet The Reluctant Saint Giuseppe 1962
91% Judgment at Nuremberg Hans Rolfe 1961
No Score Yet Hamlet Actor 1961
83% The Young Lions Capt. Hardenberg 1958
No Score Yet The Girl from Flanders Lt. Alexander Haller 1956
No Score Yet Kinder, Mütter und ein General (Children, Mother, and the General) Actor 1955


No Score Yet Wiseguy
Amado Guzman
  • 1990