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Maximilian Schell

Highest Rated:   100% Marlene (1984)
Lowest Rated:   0% Krakatoa East of Java (1969)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Ein Mädchen aus Flandern (The Girl from Flanders)
  • Actor
2014
66% 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
36% Left Luggage
  • Chaja's Father
2001
No Score Yet The Song of the Lark
  • Wunsch
2000
11% Joan of Arc
  • Brother John Le'Maitre
1999
No Score Yet Fisimatenten
  • Actor
1999
37% John Carpenter's Vampires
  • Cardinal Alba
1998
No Score Yet The Eighteenth Angel
  • Father Simeon
1998
48% Deep Impact
  • Jason Lerner
1998
63% 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
40% 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
72% Julia
  • Johann
1987
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
80% 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
43% The Black Hole
  • Dr. Hans Reinhardt
1979
No Score Yet Atentat u Sarajevu
  • Djuro Sarac
1978
73% 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
89% 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
90% 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

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