Oscar Actors: Schell, Maximilian

Actor and director Maximilian Schell, who won the lead Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in “Judgment at Nuremberg,” has died on Feb 1, 2014. He was 83.

It was only his second Hollywood role, as defense attorney Hans Rolfe in Stanley Kramers impassioned but unsuccessful defense of four Nazi judges on trial for sentencing innocent victims to death won him the 1961 Academy Award for best actor.

Schell had first played Rolfe in a 1959 episode of the television program “Playhouse 90.”

He snared two additional Oscar nominations for “The Man in the Glass Booth” in 1975 and “Julia” in 1977.

Schell was part of an acting family that also included his late sister Maria, his mother Margarethe and two other siblings, Karl and Editha Nordberg.

Oscar Record: 3 Nominations

1961: Best Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961 (WON)

1975: Best Actor, Man in the Glass Booth, 1975

1977: Supporting Actor, Julia, 1977