Maximilian Schell

Maximilian Schell

Highest Rated: 100% Marlene (1984)

Lowest Rated: 0% Krakatoa, East of Java (1969)

Birthday: Dec 08, 1930

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Though he spent a great part of his career playing a variety of roles, actor Maximilian Schell made his name in a number of World War II-themed film and television projects. After taking his first Hollywood bow with a turn as a Nazi officer in "The Young Lions" (1958), Schell won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a dogged defense attorney in the courtroom classic "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). Not content with being strictly an actor, he also developed a second career as an award-winning director, starting with "First Love" (1970), which earned a foreign picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Over the next few decades, Schell amassed an impressive array of screen credits that included a compelling performance in the title role of "Peter the Great" (NBC, 1986). He earned several awards, including a Golden Globe, for portraying another prominent Russian leader in "Stalin" (HBO, 1992). By that time in his career, Schell was doing his most prominent work on the small screen, while occasionally appearing in niche features and independents. At his death at the age of 83, Schell was long remembered for being perhaps the most famous and accomplished actor to emerge from his native Austria.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Darkness Unknown (Character) - 2009
68% 64% The Brothers Bloom Diamond Dog (Character) $3.5M 2008
28% 17% House of the Sleeping Beauties Kogi (Character) $4.5K 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shell Seekers Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 21% Coast to Coast Casimir (Character) - 2004
58% 60% My Sister Maria Unknown (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
- 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Song of the Lark Wunsch (Character) - 2001
65% 34% Festival in Cannes Viktor Kovner (Character) $299K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Love You, Baby Walter Ekland (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fisimatenten Unknown (Character) - 1999
10% 57% Joan of Arc Brother Jean le Maistre (Character) - 1999
40% 47% John Carpenter's Vampires Cardinal Alba (Character) $20.2M 1998
45% 43% Deep Impact Jason Lerner (Character) $140.4M 1998
42% 88% Left Luggage Chaya's Father (Character) $1.3M 1998
No Score Yet 41% The Eighteenth Angel Father Simeon (Character) - 1997
61% 45% Telling Lies in America Dr. Istvan Jonas (Character) $275.2K 1997
61% 70% Little Odessa Arkady Shapira (Character) $989.9K 1994
45% 69% A Far Off Place Col. Mopani Theron (Character) $12.9M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Justiz Isaak Kohler (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Candles in the Dark Colonel Arkush (Character),
Director
- 1993
No Score Yet 61% Miss Rose White Unknown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 71% Stalin Vladimir Lenin (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Labyrinth The Filmmaker (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 86% The Rose Garden Aaron (Character) $5.2K 1989
No Score Yet 54% The Assisi Underground Col. Müller (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man Under Suspicion Lawyer Landau (Character) - 1984
100% 97% Marlene Director - 1984
No Score Yet 50% The Phantom of the Opera Sándor Korvin/The Phantom of the Opera (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Islands Fabrice (Character) - 1983
75% 79% The Chosen Professor David Malter (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 40% The Diary of Anne Frank Otto Frank (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Love You, I Love You Not Giovanni (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 14% Avalanche Express Bunin (Character) - 1979
38% 45% The Black Hole Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales From the Vienna Woods Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Together? Giovanni (Character) - 1979
20% 33% Players Marco (Character) - 1979
76% 71% Julia Johann (Character) - 1977
75% 87% Cross of Iron Hauptmann Stransky (Character) - 1977
64% 86% A Bridge Too Far Lieutenant General Bittrich (Character) - 1977
44% 39% St. Ives Dr. John Constable (Character) - 1976
50% 29% End of the Game Director - 1976
No Score Yet 74% The Man in the Glass Booth Arthur Goldman (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day That Shook the World Djuro Sarac (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 20% The Pedestrian Andreas Giese (Character),
Director
- 1974
64% 64% The Odessa File Eduard Roschmann (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 33% Pope Joan Adrian (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon Bolivar Simón Bolívar (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 60% First Love Father (Character),
Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1970
0% 27% Krakatoa, East of Java Capt. Chris Hanson (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bolívar Unknown (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desperate Ones Marek (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 86% Heidi Herr Sessemann (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Castle "K" (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Counterpoint Gen. Schiller (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 64% The Deadly Affair Dieter Frey (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 69% Return From the Ashes Stanislaus Pilgrin (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums Narrator - 1965
90% 67% Topkapi Walter Harper (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 86% The Condemned of Altona Franz von Gerlach (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Finger Exercise Walter (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 85% The Reluctant Saint Giuseppe (Character) - 1962
91% 93% Judgment at Nuremberg Hans Rolfe (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 0% Hamlet Hamlet (Character) - 1960
71% 77% The Young Lions Capt. Hardenberg (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From Flanders Lt. Alexander "Alex" Haller (Character) - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joan of Arc Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years Cardinal Vittorio (Character) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Amado Guzman (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peter the Great Peter the Great (Character) 1986

QUOTES FROM Maximilian Schell CHARACTERS

Hans Rolfe says: Why did we succeed, Your Honor? What about the rest of the world? Did it not know the intentions of the Third Reich? Did it not hear the words of Hitler's broadcasts all over the world? Did it not read his intentions in Mein Kampf...published in every corner of the world? Where is the responsibility of the Soviet Union...who signed in the pact with Hitler...enabled him to make war? Are we now to find Russia guilty? Where is the responsibility of the Vatican...who signed in the concordat with Hitler...giving him his first tremendous prestige? Are we now to find the Vatican guilty? Where is the responsibility of the world leader Winston Churchill...who said in an open letter to the London Times in : "Were England to suffer a national disaster, I should pray to God...to send a man of the strength of mind and will of an Adolf Hitler." Are we now to find Winston Churchill guilty? Where is the responsibility of those American industrialists...who helped Hitler to rebuild his armaments, and profited by that rebuilding? Are we now to find the American industrialists guilty? No, Your Honor. Germany alone is not guilty. The whole world is as responsible for Hitler as Germany.

Hans Rolfe says: Why did we succeed, Your Honor? What about the rest of the world? Did it not know the intentions of the Third Reich? Did it not hear the words of Hitler's broadcasts all over the world? Did it not read his intentions in Mein Kampf...published in every corner of the world? Where is the responsibility of the Soviet Union...who signed in the pact with Hitler...enabled him to make war? Are we now to find Russia guilty? Where is the responsibility of the Vatican...who signed in the concordat with Hitler...giving him his first tremendous prestige? Are we now to find the Vatican guilty? Where is the responsibility of the world leader Winston Churchill...who said in an open letter to the London Times in : 'Were England to suffer a national disaster, I should pray to God...to send a man of the strength of mind and will of an Adolf Hitler.' Are we now to find Winston Churchill guilty? Where is the responsibility of those American industrialists...who helped Hitler to rebuild his armaments, and profited by that rebuilding? Are we now to find the American industrialists guilty? No, Your Honor. Germany alone is not guilty. The whole world is as responsible for Hitler as Germany.

Hans Rolfe says: I'll make you a wager...

Judge Dan Haywood says: I don't make wagers.

Hans Rolfe says: A gentleman's wager... in five years, the men you sentenced to life imprisonment will be free.

Judge Dan Haywood says: Herr Rolfe, I have admired your work in the court for many months. You are particularly brilliant in your use of logic. So, what you suggest may very well happen. It is logical, in view of the times in which we live. But to be logical is not to be right, and nothing on God's earth could ever make it right!

Larry London says: [sings in German] Mein Herz schwebt in Blut! That means 'My Heart Swims In Blood'.

Clark Kellogg says: Yeah.