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Maximilian Schell, Oscar-Winning Actor From Austria, Dies at 83

Actor Maximilian Schell
Actor Maximilian Schell in Munich, Germany on July 1, 2010. Schell, who won the best actor Oscar in the early 1960s for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died at the age of 83. Photographer: Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images

Maximilian Schell, the Oscar-winning actor who starred in movies with Marlon Brando, Jon Voight and Robert Redford, died last night at a hospital in Innsbruck, in his home country of Austria. He was 83.

“He died as a result of protracted illness,” his agent Patricia Baumbauer said today by phone, declining to give further details.

Schell, born in Vienna on Dec. 8, 1930, won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a defense attorney in “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961).

His film credits also include “The Young Lions” (1958), in which he appeared with Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando, “The Odessa File” (1974) and “A Bridge too far” (1977). He was the star of the Disney space adventure “The Black Hole” (1979) and appeared in “Deep Impact” (1998) with Morgan Freeman and Robert Duvall.

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