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Free Willy actor August Schellenberg has sadly passed away at age 77. The Canadian actor had been fighting a longtime battle with cancer and died peacefully surrounded by loved ones, his family told reporters. While most may remember him for his role as Jesse's Native American mentor in all three of the whale flicks, Schellenberg actually has had a long and colorful career in Hollywood. In fact, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or movie for his performance as Chief Sitting Bull in the 2007 hit Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Schellenberg also appeared in The New World alongside Christian Bale and Colin Farrell in 2005. He also played Clay Bedonie in the »
Schellenberg passed away in Dallas, Texas on Thursday (August 15) after losing his battle with cancer.
The Canadian actor's agent Jamie Levitt confirmed the news of his passing.
Schellenberg starred in the first three Free Willy movies, playing a Native American mentor.
Levitt described him as a loving family man and an iconic Canadian actor.
Watch Schellenberg in a scene from Free Willy 2 below: »
August Schellenberg has died at the age of 77. The actor, possibly best known for the role of Randolph Johnson in the "Free Willy" films, passed away peacefully after a long fight with cancer (as reported by TMZ).
Often playing Native American characters, Schellenberg's acting career began in the 1970s. He appeared in almost 100 projects over the years and was nominated for a supporting-actor Emmy for his role as Sitting Bull in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" in 2007. Other notable roles include Powhatan in 2005's "The New World" (costarring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale) and guest appearances on shows ranging from "Grey's Anatomy" to "Walker, Texas Ranger."
Born in Montreal in 1936, Schellenberg died in Texas.
Veteran Native American actor August Schellenberg died yesterday at the age of 77 after a long battle with cancer.
Schellenberg, a Canadian Mohawk, was best known for playing Jesse's mentor in "Free Willy," but he boasted a long, storied career that spanned four decades. He was nominated for an Emmy for playing Sitting Bull in the HBO miniseries "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
Born to a Swiss father and Canadian mother, Schellenberg trained at the National Theatre School of Canada before moving on to the stage, television, and film. His first role was in the 1971 movie "Rip-Off," and he acted steadily in various TV shows and movies ever since.
In 1993, Schellenberg took on his most famous role -- as mentor Randolph Johnson in "Free Willy." He went on to appear in both of the hit movie's sequels.
Schellenberg often played Native Americans; in 2005, he starred as Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick's "The New World. »
- Kelly Woo
August Schellenberg -- who played Jesse's Native American mentor in "Free Willy" -- has died Thursday in Texas after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned. Schellenberg's family tells TMZ ... August died peacefully surrounded by loved ones.77-year-old Schellenberg had a long and storied career in Hollywood -- often playing Native American characters. In fact, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as »
- TMZ Staff
Hollywood has lost a legend. After a four-decade career on both the small and big screens, August Schellenberg died surrounded by his family and loved ones in Dallas on Thursday, Aug. 15, according to TMZ. He was 77. The Canadian Mohawk actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Native American mentor Randolph Johnson in the Free Willy trilogy, had suffered from a long battle with cancer, his family told TMZ. Schellenberg was born in Montreal to a Swiss father and a Mohawk mother, and had a prolific [...] »
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