Maximilian Schell Biography (1930-)

Born December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Austria; raised in Switzerland; son of Hermann Ferdinand (a pharmacy owner, writer, and poet) and Margarethe (an actress; maiden name, Noe von Nordberg) Schell; brother of Maria Schell and Immy Schell (both actresses), and Karl Schell (an actor); married Natasha Andreichenko (an actress; name sometimes cited as Natalya Andrejchenko or Natalia Andreichenko), 1985; children: Nastia (daughter). Addresses: Agent: The Blake Agency, 1327 Ocean Ave., Suite J, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Nationality
Austrian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
December 8, 1930
Vienna, Austria

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Deserter, Kinder, Muetter und ein General (also known as Children, Mother, and the General), 1955
  • Mitglied des Kreisauer Kreises, Der 20. Juli (also known as ThePlot to Assassinate Hitler), 1955
  • Reifende Jugend (also known as Ripening Youth), 1955
  • Dr. Hauser, Die Ehe des Dr. med. Danwitz (also known as Marriage of Dr. Danwitz), 1956
  • Wolfgang Thomas, Ein Herz kehrt heim, 1956
  • Lieutenant Alexander "Alex" Haller, Ein Maedchen aus Flandern (also known as The Girl from Flanders), 1956, released in United States, 1963
  • Lorenz Darrandt, Die Letzten werden die Ersten sein (also known asThe Last Ones Shall Be First), 1957
  • Toni Schellenberg, Taxichauffeur Baenz (also known as Taxi Driver Baenz), 1957
  • Der Meisterdieb, 1957
  • Captain Hardenberg, The Young Lions, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • Josef Ospel, Kinder der Berge (also known as Ein Wunderbarer Sommer), 1958
  • Die Sechste Frau, 1958
  • Eine Dummheit macht Auch der Gescheiteste, 1959
  • Hans Rolfe, Judgment at Nuremberg, United Artists, 1961
  • Walter, Five Finger Exercise, Columbia, 1961
  • Giuseppe Desa, The Reluctant Saint (also known as Joseph Desa and Cronache di un convento), Columbia, 1962
  • Franz, I sequestrati di Altona (also known as The Condemned ofAltona and Les sequestres d'Altona), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1963
  • Walter Harper, Topkapi, United Artists, 1964
  • Letters of Mozart, 1964
  • Stanislaus Pilgrin, Return from the Ashes, United Artists, 1965
  • Dieter Freey, The Deadly Affair, Columbia, 1967
  • General Schiller, Counterpoint, Universal, 1968
  • Himself, Flash 14 (short documentary film), Television Espanola, 1968
  • Captain Chris Hanson, Krakatoa, East of Java (also known as Volcano), Cinerama, 1969
  • "K," Das Schloss (also known as The Castle), Continental, 1969
  • Marek, The Desperate Ones (also known as Beyond the Mountains and Mas alla de las montanas), Commonwealth United, 1969
  • L'assoluto naturale, 1969
  • Simon Bolivar (also known as La epopeya de Bolivar), 1969
  • Father, Erste Liebe (also known as First Love and FirstLove--Die Geschichte einer Liebe), UMC Pictures, 1970
  • Brother Adrian, Pope Joan (also known as The Devil's Imposter), Columbia, 1972
  • Count Michel Cantarini, Paulina 1880, 1972
  • Trotta (also known as Trotta--Die Kapuzinergruft), 1972
  • Andreas Giese, Der Fussgaenger (also known as The Pedestrian), Cinerama, 1973
  • The Rehearsal (also known as I Dokimi), 1974
  • Arthur Goldman, The Man in the Glass Booth, American Film Theatre,1975
  • Djuro Sarac (some sources cite Shastar), Sarajevski atentat (alsoknown as Assassination in Sarajevo, The Day That Shook the World, Atentat u Sarajevu, Der Tag, der die Welt veraenderte, and Sarajevsky atentat), 1975
  • Eduard Roschmann, The Odessa File (also known as Der Fall Odessa and Die Akte Odessa), Columbia, 1975
  • Dr. John Constable, St. Ives, Warner Bros., 1976
  • Hauptmann Stransky, Cross of Iron (also known as Steiner--Das Eiserne Kreuz), Avco-Embassy, 1977
  • Johann, Julia, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Lieutenant general Wilhelm Bittrich, A Bridge Too Far, United Artists, 1977
  • Nikolai Bunin, Avalanche Express, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Gesprache mit Jedermann, 1978
  • Dr. Hans Reinhardt, The Black Hole, Buena Vista, 1979
  • Giovanni, Amo non amo (also known as I Love You, I Love You Not and Together?), New Line Cinema, 1979
  • Marco, Players, Paramount, 1979
  • Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (also known as Tales from the Vienna Woods), 1979, subtitled version released in the United States by Cinema 5 Distributing
  • Fabrice, Les iles (also known as The Islands), 1982
  • Professor David Malter, The Chosen, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • The Great Hamlets, 1983
  • David Landau, Morgen in Alabama (also known as Man under Suspicion and Tomorrow in Alabama), Futura Film, c. 1983, subtitled version released in the United States by International Spectrafilm, c. 1984
  • Himself, Marlene (documentary; also known as Marlene Dietrich--Portraet eines Mythos), Futura Film, 1984, subtitled version, Alive Films, 1986
  • Colonel Mueller, The Assisi Underground, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Aaron Reichenbacher, The Rose Garden (also known as Der Rosengarten), Cannon, 1989
  • Larry London, The Freshman, TriStar, 1990
  • Himself, Labyrinth, 1991
  • Colonel Mopani Theron, A Far Off Place, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Isaak Kohler, Justiz (also known as Justice), 1993
  • Arkady Shapira, Little Odessa, Fine Line Features, 1995
  • Rodan, The Vampyre Wars, 1996
  • Carl Stern, Zwischen Rosen, 1997
  • Dr. Istvan Jonas, Telling Lies in America, Banner Entertainment, 1997
  • Father Simeon, The Eighteenth Angel, Rysher Entertainment, 1997
  • Mr. Silberschmidt, Left Luggage (also known as 2 koffers vol), 1997, Castle Hill Productions, 2000
  • Cardinal Alba, Vampires (also known as John Carpenter's "Vampires" and Vampire$), Sony Pictures Releasing, 1998
  • Jason Lerner, Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998
  • Hochberg, Wer liebt, dem wachsen Fluegel ... (also known as Onthe Wings of Love), Concorde Filmverleih, 1999
  • Himself, Mein liebster Feind-Klaus Kinski (documentary; also knownas My Best Fiend, Mein liebster Feind, and 25. tunti: KlausKinski), 1999, subtitled version released in the United States by New Yorker Films
  • Himself, Hamlet in Hollywood (documentary), 2000
  • Poser, Fisimatenten (also known as Just Messing About), Next Film/Saarlaendischer Rundfunk, 2000
  • Walter Ekland, I Love You Baby, Warner Bros., 2000
  • Viktor Kovner, Festival in Cannes, Paramount Classics, 2001
  • Himself, Meine Schwester Maria (documentary; also known as My Sister Maria), 2002, subtitled version, Rainbow Releasing/Kirchmedia Entertainment, 2004
  • Himself, Ninth November Night (short documentary film), Lohneranger, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (documentary), Anker Productions, 2004
  • Film Director
  • Erste Liebe (also known as First Love and First Love--Die Geschichte einer Liebe), UMC Pictures, 1970
  • Der Fussgaenger (also known as The Pedestrian), Cinerama, 1973
  • The Clown (also known as Ansichten eines Clowns), 1975
  • Der Richter und sein Henker (also known as Deception, The End of the Game, Getting Away with Murder, Murder on the Bridge, and Assassinio sul ponte), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (also known as Tales from the Vienna Woods), 1979, subtitled version released in the United States by Cinema 5 Distributing
  • Marlene (documentary; also known as Marlene Dietrich--Portraeteines Mythos), Futura Film, 1984, subtitled version, Alive Films, 1986
  • Meine Schwester Maria (documentary; also known as My Sister Maria), 2002, subtitled version, Rainbow Releasing/Kirchmedia Entertainment,2004
  • Film Producer
  • (With Rudolf Noelte) Das Schloss (also known as The Castle), Continental, 1969
  • Erste Liebe (also known as First Love and First Love--Die Geschichte einer Liebe), UMC Pictures, 1970
  • Der Fussgaenger (also known as The Pedestrian), Cinerama, 1973
  • The Clown (also known as Ansichten eines Clowns), 1975
  • (With Arlene Sellers) Der Richter und sein Henker (also known as Deception, The End of the Game, Getting Away with Murder,Murder on the Bridge, and Assassinio sul ponte), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (also known as Tales from the Vienna Woods), 1979, subtitled version released in the United States by Cinema 5 Distributing
  • Morgen in Alabama (also known as Man under Suspicion and Tomorrow in Alabama), Futura Film, c. 1983, subtitled version released in the United States by International Spectrafilm, c. 1984
  • Marlene (documentary; also known as Marlene Dietrich--Portraeteines Mythos), Futura Film, 1984, subtitled version, Alive Films, 1986
  • Executive producer, Meine Schwester Maria (documentary; also knownas My Sister Maria), 2002, subtitled version, Rainbow Releasing/Kirchmedia Entertainment, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Amado Guzman, Wiseguy, CBS, 1990
  • Fuerst Thorwald, Der Fuerst und das Maedchen, [Germany], beginning2003
  • Miniseries
  • Don Rodrigo, Der Seidene Schuh, 1965
  • Commentator, Bernstein/Beethoven, PBS, 1981
  • Title role, Peter the Great, NBC, 1986
  • Frederick the Great, Young Catherine, TNT, 1991
  • Vladimir Lenin, Stalin (also known as Sztalin), HBO, 1992
  • Pharaoh, Abraham (also known as The Bible: Abraham, DieBibel--Abraham, and La Bible: Abraham), TNT, 1994
  • Cardinal Vittorio, The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, CBS, 1996
  • Narrator, Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996
  • Brother John Le'Maitre, Joan of Arc (also known as Jeanne d'Arc), CBS, 1999
  • Franz Steininger, Liebe, Luegen, Leidenschaft (also known as Love, Lies, Passions), 2002
  • Movies
  • Herzog Albrecht von Bayern, Die Bernauerin, 1958
  • The Fifth Column, 1959
  • Herr Richard Sessemann, Heidi (also known as Heide kehrt heim), 1968
  • Sandor Korvin (title role), The Phantom of the Opera, CBS, 1983
  • Colonel Arkush, Candles in the Dark, The Family Channel, 1993
  • Wunsch, "The Song of the Lark," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 2000
  • Casimir Michaelstadt, Coast to Coast, Showtime, 2004
  • Pater Christoph, Die Liebe eines Priesters, ARD (Germany), 2005
  • Specials
  • D'Artagnan, The Three Musketeers, 1960
  • Title role, Hamlet (also known as Hamlet, Prinz von Daenemark), Germany, 1960, then United States, 1962
  • Narrator, The Beautiful Blue and Red Danube (documentary), ABC, 1967
  • Hamlet, 1970
  • Otto Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank, NBC, 1980
  • Mordecai Weiss, "Miss Rose White," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1992
  • Claudio Abbado: The Silence That Follows the Music, 1996
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 34th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1962
  • Presenter, The 35th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1963
  • 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1993
  • 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1994
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Hans Rolfe, "Judgment at Nuremberg," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959
  • Hans, "Perilous," Desilu Playhouse (also known as WestinghouseDesilu Playhouse), CBS, 1959
  • "Child of Our Time," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959
  • Peter Gerard, "Turn the Key Deftly," Sunday Showcase, NBC, 1960
  • Sarrail, "The Observer," Alcoa Theatre, NBC, 1960
  • Himself, Here's Hollywood, NBC, 1961, 1962
  • Hans Rolfe, scene from Judgment at Nuremberg, The Ed Sullivan Show (also known as Toast of the Town), CBS, 1962
  • August Holland, "A Time to Love," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1967
  • Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1970
  • Himself, V.I.P.--Schaukel, 1978
  • Himself, "Festival de Berlin 1984," Etoiles et toiles, 1984
  • Guest, "Wetten, dass ... ? aus Dresden," Wetten, dass ... ?, 2001
  • Himself, "An Interview with Maximilian Schell," Leute heute, 2002
  • Himself, "Aus Cannes," Leute heute, 2002
  • Himself, "Premiere: Meine Schwester Maria," Seitenblicke, 2002
  • Himself, Beckmann, 2003
  • Himself, Die Johannes B. Kerner Show, 2003
  • Himself, Menschen bei Maischberger, 2004
  • Himself, Tavis Smiley, PBS, 2005
  • Also appeared in Willemsens Woche, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.
  • Other
  • Karl Steingraf, Der Bestseller--Mord auf italienisch, [Austria andGermany], 2002
  • Xaver Schoenborn, Alles Glueck dieser Erde, [Austria], 2003
  • Fernando Hereira, The Return of the Dancing Master (also known asDie Rueckkehr des Tanzlehrers), [Austria and Germany], 2004
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • Candles in the Dark, The Family Channel, 1993
  • Stage Appearances
  • Leonce, Berlin Theatre am Kurfurstendamn, Berlin, Germany, 1957
  • Philotas, Berlin Theatre am Kurfurstendamn, 1957
  • Paul, Interlock, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1958
  • Der Turn, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria, 1959
  • Sappho, Hamburg, West Germany (now Germany), 1959
  • Hamlet, 1961
  • A Patriot for Me, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1965, then Bremen,West Germany (now Germany), 1966
  • Herostrat, Bochum, West Germany (now Germany), 1966
  • The Venetian Twins, Josefstadt, Vienna, Austria, 1966
  • Title role, Hamlet, Munich, West Germany (now Germany), 1968
  • Alfred Redl, A Patriot for Me, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • Old Times, Vienna, Austria, 1973
  • Everyman, Salzburg Festival, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982
  • Der seidene Schuh, 1982
  • Poor Murderer, Berlin, Germany, 1982
  • Ernst Janning, Judgment at Nuremberg, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Appeared in productions of Don Carlos, Mannerhouse, and The Prince of Homburg.
  • Stage Director
  • All the Best, Bremen, West Germany (now Germany), then Vienna, Austria, both 1966
  • Hamlet, Munich, West Germany (now Germany), 1968
  • Pygmalion, Dusseldorf, West Germany (now Germany), 1970
  • La Traviata (opera), 1975
  • Tales from the Vienna Woods, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, 1977
  • The Undiscovered Country, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria, 1979 and 1980
  • Coronet, Deutsche Opera, Berlin, Germany, 1985
  • Der seidene Schuh, Salzburg Festival, 1985
  • Lohengrin (opera), Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, 2001
  • Der Rosenkavalier (opera), Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 2005
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • (As Maximillian Schell) Himself, In Conversation: Abby Mann and Maximillian Schell (short documentary), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment,2004
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Das Schloss (also known as The Castle), Continental, 1969
  • (With John Gould) Erste Liebe (also known as First Love andFirst Love--Die Geschichte einer Liebe), UMC Pictures, 1970
  • Trotta (also known as Trotta-Die Kapuzinergruft), 1972
  • Der Fussgaenger (also known as The Pedestrian), Cinerama, 1973
  • (With Friedrich Duerrenmatt) Der Richter und sein Henker (also known as Deception, The End of the Game, Getting Away with Murder, Murder on the Bridge, and Assassinio sul ponte), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (also known as Tales from the Vienna Woods), 1979, subtitled version released in the United States by Cinema 5 Distributing
  • Marlene (documentary; also known as Marlene Dietrich--Portraeteines Mythos), Futura Film, 1984, subtitled version, Alive Films, 1986
  • Meine Schwester Maria (documentary; also known as My Sister Maria), 2002, subtitled version, Rainbow Releasing/Kirchmedia Entertainment,2004
  • Writings for the Stage
  • Murder on the Bridge, 1975
  • (With Christopher Hampton) Tales from the Vienna Woods, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, 1977
  • Nonfiction
  • Anni und Josef Albers: Eine Retrospektive, Stuck-Jugendstil-Verein, 1989

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 116, Gale, 1986
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, fourth edition, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Starlog, April, 1980, pp. 43-47
    Electronic
    • Playbill Online, http://www.playbill.com, August 31, 2000; March 1, 2001

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