February 2, 2014, - 8:52 am
Sad to hear that one of my favorite film actors, Maximillian Schell, died yesterday at age 83.
Although he masterfully portrayed Nazis in many films, Schell’s family actually fled their native Austria to Switzerland to escape Hitler and his henchmen. My favorite Schell roles were his portrayal of a defense attorney in “Judgment at Nuremberg” (his breakout role) and his portrayal of a Nazi who wanted to rebirth the Third Reich in “The Odessa File” (a great thriller that stands the test of time–read my article on the movie and its real-life incarnations). And don’t forget his role in the fabulous mob parody, “The Freshman” and the stylish caper movie, “Topkapi.” He had 107 acting credits, according to IMDB, but was also a writer and director in his prolific showbiz career. And he was an Oscar winner . . . when the Oscars still rewarded good acting (instead of “good” lefty politics).
They don’t make actors like him anymore.
Maximillian Schell, Rest In Peace.
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