Maximilian Schell (1930–2014)

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Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and Marcello Mastroianni, Schell was undoubtedly the most... See full bio »

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Vampires Cardinal Alba
The Black Hole Dr. Hans Reinhardt
Deep Impact Jason Lerner


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 2015 Les brigands
Mr. Escher
 2009 Flores negras
Jacob Krinsten
 2008 The Brothers Bloom
Diamond Dog
 2007 Die Rosenkönigin (TV Movie)
Karl Friedrich Weidemann
 2007 Giganten (TV Series)
Albert Einstein
- Einstein - Superstar der Wissenschaft (2007) ... Albert Einstein
 2003-2007 Der Fürst und das Mädchen (TV Series)
Friedrich Fürst von Thorwald / Fürst Friedrich von Thorwald
- Verluste (2007) ... Fürst Friedrich von Thorwald
- Die Söhne des Fürsten (2007) ... Fürst Friedrich von Thorwald
- Geheimnisvolle Reise (2007) ... Fürst Friedrich von Thorwald
- Himmelwärts (2007) ... Fürst Friedrich von Thorwald
- Ein guter Stern (2007) ... Fürst Friedrich von Thorwald
 2006 The Shell Seekers (TV Mini Series)
Lawrence Sterne
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Lawrence Sterne
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Lawrence Sterne
 2006 House of the Sleeping Beauties
Kogi / Edmond's friend
 2006 Die Alpenklinik (TV Movie)
Dr. Alexander Ohlendorf
 2005 Die Liebe eines Priesters (TV Movie)
Pater Christoph
 2004 The Return of the Dancing Master (TV Movie)
Fernando Hereira
 2003 Coast to Coast (TV Movie)
 2003 Alles Glück dieser Erde (TV Movie)
Xaver Schönborn
 2002 Der Bestseller - Mord auf italienisch (TV Movie)
Karl Steingraf
 2002 Love, Lies, Passions (TV Series)
Franz Steininger / Franz Steiniger
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Franz Steiniger
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Franz Steininger
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Franz Steininger
 2001 Festival in Cannes
Viktor Kovner
 2001 The Song of the Lark (TV Movie)
 2000 Just Messing About
 2000 I Love You, Baby
Walter Ekland
 1999 Joan of Arc (TV Mini Series)
Brother Jean le Maistre
- Part II (1999) ... Brother Jean le Maistre
- Part I (1999) ... Brother Jean le Maistre
 1999 On the Wings of Love
 1998 Deep Impact
Jason Lerner
 1998 Vampires
Cardinal Alba
 1998 Left Luggage
Chaja's Father
 1997 The Song of the Lark (Short)
 1997 The Eighteenth Angel
Father Simeon
 1997 Telling Lies in America
Dr. Istvan Jonas
 1997 Biography (TV Series documentary)
Hans Rolfe
- Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow (1997) ... Hans Rolfe
 1997 Through Roses
Carl Stern
 1996 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (TV Movie)
Cardinal Vittorio
 1994 Little Odessa
Arkady Shapira
 1993 Abraham (TV Mini Series)
- Part 1 (1993) ... Pharaoh
- Part 2 (1993) ... Pharaoh
 1993 Candles in the Dark (TV Movie)
Colonel Arkush
 1993 Justiz
Isaak Kohler
 1993 A Far Off Place
Col. Mopani Theron
 1992 Stalin (TV Movie)
 1992 Miss Rose White (TV Movie)
Mordecai Weiss
 1991 Labyrinth
The Filmmaker
 1991 Young Catherine (TV Movie)
Frederick the Great
 1990 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Amado Guzman
- La Mina (1990) ... Amado Guzman
- The Gift (1990) ... Amado Guzman
- Black Gold (1990) ... Amado Guzman
- Fruit of the Poisonous Tree: Part 2 (1990) ... Amado Guzman
 1990 The Freshman
Larry London
 1989 The Rose Garden
Aaron Reichenbach
 1988 An American Place
Alfred Steiglitz
 1986 Peter the Great (TV Mini Series)
Peter the Great
- Part IV (1986) ... Peter the Great
- Part III (1986) ... Peter the Great
- Part II (1986) ... Peter the Great
- Part I (1986) ... Peter the Great
 1985 The Assisi Underground
Col. Müller
 1984 Morgen in Alabama
Lawyer Landau
 1983 The Islands
 1983 The Phantom of the Opera (TV Movie)
Sándor Korvin / The Phantom of the Opera
 1981 The Chosen
Professor David Malter
 1980 The Diary of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Otto Frank
 1979 The Black Hole
Dr. Hans Reinhardt
 1979 Together?
 1979 Tales from the Vienna Woods
Theatre Visitor (uncredited)
 1979 Avalanche Express
Colonel Nikolai Bunin
 1979 Players
 1977 Julia
 1977 A Bridge Too Far
Lt. Gen. Bittrich
 1977 Cross of Iron
Hauptmann (Capt.) Stransky
 1976 St. Ives
Dr. John Constable
 1975 The Assassination at Sarajevo
Djuro Sarac
 1975 End of the Game
Robert Schmied on Audiotape (voice, uncredited)
 1975 The Man in the Glass Booth
Arthur Goldman
 1974 The Odessa File
Eduard Roschmann
 1973 The Pedestrian
Andreas Giese
 1972 Pope Joan
 1972 Paulina 1880
Le comte Michele Cantarini
 1970 First Love
 1969 Simón Bolívar
Simón Bolívar
 1968 Krakatoa: East of Java
Captain Hanson
 1968 Heidi (TV Movie)
Richard Sessemann
 1968 The Castle
 1967 Counterpoint
Gen. Schiller
 1967 Beyond the Mountains
 1967 The Deadly Affair
Dieter Frey
 1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
August Holland
- A Time to Love (1967) ... August Holland
 1966 Die venezianischen Zwillinge (TV Movie)
Zanetto und Tonio
 1965 Return from the Ashes
Stanislaus Pilgrin
 1965 Der seidene Schuh (TV Mini Series)
Don Rodrigo
- Episode #1.4 (1965) ... Don Rodrigo
- Episode #1.3 (1965) ... Don Rodrigo
- Episode #1.2 (1965) ... Don Rodrigo
- Episode #1.1 (1965) ... Don Rodrigo
 1964 Topkapi
Walter Harper
 1962 The Condemned of Altona
Franz von Gerlach
 1962 The Reluctant Saint
 1962 Five Finger Exercise
 1961 Judgment at Nuremberg
Hans Rolfe
 1960 Hamlet (TV Movie)
 1960 Family Classics: The Three Musketeers (TV Movie)
 1960 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
- The Observer (1960) ... Sarrail
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
- The Observer (1960) ... Sarrail
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Peter Gerard
- Turn the Key Deftly (1960) ... Peter Gerard
 1960 Buick-Electra Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Fifth Column (1960) ... Max
 1960 The Fifth Column (TV Movie)
 1959 Eine Dummheit macht auch der Gescheiteste (TV Movie)
Jegor Dmitritsch Glumow
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
- Perilous (1959) ... Hans
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Otto Rolfe / Gunther
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1959) ... Otto Rolfe
- Child of Our Time (1959) ... Gunther
 1959 Die sechste Frau (TV Movie)
Henry Howard
 1958 Die Bernauerin (TV Movie)
Herzog Albrecht von Bayern
 1958 Kinder der Berge
Josef Rainer
 1958 The Young Lions
Capt. Hardenberg
 1958 Der Meisterdieb (TV Movie)
 1957 The Last Ones Shall Be First
Lorenz Darrandt
 1957 Taxi Driver Baenz
Toni Schellenberg
 1956 Ein Herz kehrt heim
Wolfgang Thomas
 1956 Marriage of Dr. Danwitz
Dr. Oswald Hauser
 1956 The Girl from Flanders
Lt. Alexander 'Alex' Haller
 1955 Ripening Youth
Jürgen Sengebusch
 1955 The Plot to Assassinate Hitler
Mitglied des Kreisauer Kreises
 1955 Sons, Mothers and a General
Soldat, der nicht mehr mitmacht
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Personal Details

Other Works:

[September 2006] Narrator of "A Survivor from Warsaw" (composed by 'Arnold Schönberg', 1947) with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Maximillian Schell


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Personal Quote:

Socrates once said, "Know yourself." I do not agree. I think that is bad advice. You should not know yourself. By knowing, you take away the secret of yourself. That sentence is one of the most dangerous sentences ever written, especially for an actor. If you are conscious of what you are doing, you are thinking about it, and not doing your best. You are not acting spontaneously. Every actor has ... See more »


He was a stage producer in Germany. See more »

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