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Famous Person from Austria

Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell is a famous, Swiss actor from Austria. He was born on December 8th in 1930. He was also a writer, director, and producer of several films. In 1961, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work on Judgment at Nuremburg.
He was born in Vienna, Austria. He is the son of Margarethe, who is an actress who ran an acting school, and Hermann Ferdinand Schell, who is a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright, and owner of a pharmacy. His parents were Roman Catholics. Schell’s older sister, Maria Schell was also an actress; as well as their 2 other siblings, Carl and Immy, and their cousin Catherine Schell. Their whole family moved to Zürich, Switzerland in 1938. He went to serve in the Swiss Army, achieving the rank of corporal. He began acting at the Basil Theater. He made his Hollywood debut in 1958 in the World War 2 film, The Young Lions. In 1959, he appeared as Hans Rolf, the defense attorney, in a Playhouse 90 television production of Judgment at Nuremburg.
In addition to his film career, Schell has been active as a director, writer, and actor in European theater. In 1977 he directed Tales from the Vienna Woods at the national theater in London. In 2006 he appeared in Arthur Miller’s Ressurection Blues directed by Robert Altman. In 2002 he released My Sister Maria, a documentary on his late sister, Maria Schell.
In 2000 he collapsed and was diagnosed with pancreatitis related to his diabetes. At the time, he was starring on Broadway in the stage version of Judgment at Nuremburg. In the mid 1960’s he was engaged to the fashion model Duneyale Luna but, their wedding never happened. He married the Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko. They have one daughter, Natassja Schell. The family resides in Austria. Schell is the godfather of Angelina Jolie.
Judgment at Nuremberg is fiction and it is about World War 2 Nuremberg Trials. It was written by Abby Mann and directed by Stanley Kramer. It starred Spencer Tracey, Burch Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Werner Klemperer, William Shatner, and Montgomery Clift. It’s about certain judges who served during the Nazi regime in Germany. The film was inspired by the Judges’ Trial before the Nuremberg Military Tribunal in 1947. Four defendants were sentenced to a life in prison. A key thread in the film’s plot involves a trial known as “Feldenstein case”. This case was based on the real life Katzenberg Trial. In this case, an elderly Jewish man was tried for an improper relationship with an Aryan woman, and put to death in 1942.
The Brothers Bloom is the most recent film Schell has done. It’s a 2009 postmodern caper film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It stars Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Ricky Jay, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, and Maximilian Schell. The childhood of two orphaned brothers, Stephen and Bloom, were filled with mischief which caused their constant eviction from foster homes.
That was my report on Maximilian Schell.