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Oscar winner Maximilian Schell dies at 83

By Kyle Johnson,

Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell passed away at the age of 83 on Tuesday after returning home from an Innsbruck, Austria hospital stay, where it was initially reported he had died.

The Austrian-born actor's death was announced by his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, on Saturday with the Austria Press Agency, reports The Associated Press. He was in the hospital for a "sudden and serious illness."

Schell is best known for his role in the classic film Judgment at Nuremberg, which was only his second Hollywood role. He played defense attorney Hans Rolfe who tried to defend four Nazi judges, who had been accused of sending innocent people to their deaths.

Schell, who had first played the role in an episode of Playhouse 90 in 1959, won an Academy Award for best actor in 1961 for Judgment at Nuremberg.

The role of Hans Rolfe also allowed him to star alongside classic film actors like Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Spencer Tracy and Richard Widmark, according to AFP.

Schell was also a stage actor, something that he would keep at during his life, even when he was much older. In 2000, he was in a Judgment at Nuremberg stage play as well as the Arthur Miller play Resurrection Blues.

His first role in Hollywood placed him alongside Marlon Brando in the 1958 film The Young Lions.

The AP notes that he was also nominated for a 1970 Oscar for best foreign film for directing, starring, producing and writing First Love. His 1984 documentary Marlene about Dietrich was nominated for a best documentary Oscar.

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