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Oscar winner Maximilian Schell dies, aged 83

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Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell has died at the age of 83.

The actor and director passed away overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria following a "sudden and serious illness", his agent Patricia Baumbauer confirmed to the Austria Press Agency.

Maximilian Schell

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Maximilian Schell


Schell - who was a fugitive from Adolf Hitler - won an Oscar for his performance in Judgment at Nuremberg, in which he played a defence attorney. The 1961 film was only his second role in Hollywood.

He also starred as Dr Hans Reinhardt in Disney's The Black Hole in 1979, and scored two further Oscar nominations for his roles in The Man in the Glass Booth and Julia.

As well as acting and directing, Schell was a highly successful concert pianist and conductor, performing with orchestras in Berlin and Vienna.

Schell is survived by his daughter Nastassja Schell, from his 20-year marriage to Natalya Andreychenko.

Watch Maximilian Schell win an Academy Award in 1962 below:

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