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August Schellenberg passed away quietly in his Dallas home Thursday evening after a long-fought battle with lung cancer.
The actor's rep assured fans he passed away in the company of his loving family, says CBC News.
Although Schellenberg's repertoire of performances - ranging from theater to film to television - was extensive, one of his most iconic roles was that of Jesse's Native American mentor in the cult classic Free Willy.
The actor's credits list was an impressive one. In 2007 he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, says TMZ.
Although he was mainly cast in Native American roles, Schellenberg was in fact Canadian, born into a family comprised of myriad nationalities. His lineage includes a Mohawk-English mother and a Swiss-German father, says CBC News.
Schellenberg was 77, and had three daughters.
Check out a clip of the actor in Free Willy below:
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