Quick facts
  • AlsoListedIn: Directors, Actors, T V & Movie Producers
  • Also Known As: Maximillian Schell
  • Famous as: Actor, Director
  • Born on: 08 December 1930 AD
  • Birthday: 8th December    Famous 8th December Birthdays
  • Died At Age: 83
  • Sun Sign: Sagittarius    Sagittarius Men
  • Born in: Vienna, Austria
  • Died on: 01 February 2014 AD
  • place of death: Innsbruck
  • father: Hermann Ferdinand Schell
  • mother: Margarete Schell NoĆ©
  • siblings: Maria Schell, Immy Schell, Carl Schell
  • Spouses: Natalya Andrejchenko, Iva Mihanovic
  • children: Nastassja Schell
  • education: University of Zurich
  • AlsoListedIn: Actors, T V & Movie Producers, Directors
Long facts
  • Childhood Early Life: He was born on December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Austria, in a Roman Catholic family of Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Margarethe (née Noe von Nordberg).
  • Childhood Early Life: His father was a Swiss poet, playwright and novelist, who also owned a pharmacy and his mother, was an actress, who also used to run an acting school. Schell was raised in an atmosphere of art, culture and theatre, which were all pervasive in his life sin
  • Childhood Early Life: His debut in theatre happened in Vienna when he was three years old.
  • Childhood Early Life: The anti-Nazi Schell family escaped from Vienna in 1938 after Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany. They settled in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Childhood Early Life: Schell used to read lot of classics in Zurich and wrote his first play at ten. Initially he was not interested in acting and aspired to become a playwright like his father or a musician.
  • Childhood Early Life: He studied at the ‘University of Zurich’ for a year. There he participated in sports like soccer and rowing. During this time he worked as part-time journalist and wrote for a few newspapers to earn money.
  • Childhood Early Life: Post ‘Second World War’ he went to Germany and attended the ‘University of Munich’, where he studied art history and philosophy.
  • Childhood Early Life: Thereafter he returned to Zurich and served Swiss army for one year during 1948-49 following which he studied at the ‘University of Zurich’ for another year. He also studied for six months at the ‘University of Basel’.
  • Childhood Early Life: While studying, he performed professionally in several classical and modern plays essaying small roles. During this time he made up his mind to pursue a career in acting. He started acting at the ‘Theater Basel’ in Basel, Switzerland.
  • Childhood Early Life: He made his film debut in 1955 with the West German war film, ‘Kinder, Mütter und ein General’ (‘Children, Mothers, and a General’) directed by László Benedek. For the next couple of years he worked in seven more films that were made in Europe, which incl
  • Childhood Early Life: In 1958 upon invitation to perform in ‘Interlock’, a Broadway play by Ira Levin, Schell moved to the US. He essayed the part of an aspiring concert pianist. The same year he made his Hollywood film debut with the war drama film, ‘The Young Lions’ directed
  • Childhood Early Life: He went to Germany again in 1960 and essayed the title role of ‘Hamlet’, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, in a German TV film of the same name. The film was featured in 1999 in an episode of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’, an American comedy seri
  • Childhood Early Life: Throughout his career, he played the role of Hamlet in two stage productions and his performance of the character is considered by many as "one of the greatest Hamlets ever".
  • Childhood Early Life: He worked in many other television films like ‘Heidi’ (1968), ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (1980), ‘Miss Rose White’ (1992) and ‘Stalin’ (1992).
  • Childhood Early Life: After 1968, he successfully directed, produced, wrote and acted in several of his own movies. Some notable ones are ‘The Castle’ (1968); ‘Erste Liebe’ (1970) that received nomination for the ‘Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film’; and ‘The Pedestr
  • Childhood Early Life: Throughout his career, he essayed varied roles in films that were themed around the Nazi-era and the ‘Second World War’. Some of them were ‘The Man in the Glass Booth’ (1975), ‘Julia’ (1977), ‘The Chosen’ (1981) and ‘Left Luggage’ (1988).
  • Childhood Early Life: His documentary film ‘Marlene’, which was based on legendary actress Marlene Dietrich, was released on March 2, 1984. The film was nominated for an ‘Academy Award for Best Documentary’ and won ‘German Film Award’ and ‘New York Film Critics Award’. The oth
  • Childhood Early Life: His portrayal of the title role in ‘Peter the Great’ (1986), a television miniseries fetched him the ‘Emmy Award’. The other TV miniseries he worked in include ‘The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years’ (1996), ‘Joan of Arc’ (1999) and ‘The Shell Seekers’ (2006
  • Childhood Early Life: He was a gifted semi-professional pianist who performed with conductors like Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado. He also produced and directed many live operas.
  • Childhood Early Life: Chicago’s ‘Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership’ bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate.
  • Childhood Early Life: He was inducted as a guest professor at the ‘University of Southern California’.
  • Childhood Early Life: He acted as Hans Rolfe, a defense attorney, in the TV production of ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’, a fictional version of the ‘Nuremberg War Trials’ written by Abby Mann. It was featured in 1959 in an edition of the American television anthology drama series, ‘
  • Childhood Early Life: For three years in the 1960s he was romantically involved with Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, ex-wife of the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • Childhood Early Life: In June 1986, he married Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko. The couple had a daughter Nastassja, who was born in 1989. They divorced in 2005.
  • Childhood Early Life: After 2002, while in separation from his wife Natalya, he was romantically involved with Elisabeth Michitsch, an Austrian art historian.
  • Childhood Early Life: On August 20, 2013, he married Iva Mihanovic, a German opera singer, with whom he was in a relationship since 2008.
  • Childhood Early Life: On February 1, 2014, he passed away in Innsbruck, Austria and was buried in Preitenegg in Carinthia, Austria.
  • Career: He made his film debut in 1955 with the West German war film, ‘Kinder, Mütter und ein General’ (‘Children, Mothers, and a General’) directed by László Benedek. For the next couple of years he worked in seven more films that were made in Europe, which incl
  • Career: In 1958 upon invitation to perform in ‘Interlock’, a Broadway play by Ira Levin, Schell moved to the US. He essayed the part of an aspiring concert pianist. The same year he made his Hollywood film debut with the war drama film, ‘The Young Lions’ directed
  • Career: He went to Germany again in 1960 and essayed the title role of ‘Hamlet’, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, in a German TV film of the same name. The film was featured in 1999 in an episode of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’, an American comedy seri
  • Career: Throughout his career, he played the role of Hamlet in two stage productions and his performance of the character is considered by many as "one of the greatest Hamlets ever".
  • Career: He worked in many other television films like ‘Heidi’ (1968), ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (1980), ‘Miss Rose White’ (1992) and ‘Stalin’ (1992).
  • Career: After 1968, he successfully directed, produced, wrote and acted in several of his own movies. Some notable ones are ‘The Castle’ (1968); ‘Erste Liebe’ (1970) that received nomination for the ‘Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film’; and ‘The Pedestr
  • Career: Throughout his career, he essayed varied roles in films that were themed around the Nazi-era and the ‘Second World War’. Some of them were ‘The Man in the Glass Booth’ (1975), ‘Julia’ (1977), ‘The Chosen’ (1981) and ‘Left Luggage’ (1988).
  • Career: His documentary film ‘Marlene’, which was based on legendary actress Marlene Dietrich, was released on March 2, 1984. The film was nominated for an ‘Academy Award for Best Documentary’ and won ‘German Film Award’ and ‘New York Film Critics Award’. The oth
  • Career: His portrayal of the title role in ‘Peter the Great’ (1986), a television miniseries fetched him the ‘Emmy Award’. The other TV miniseries he worked in include ‘The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years’ (1996), ‘Joan of Arc’ (1999) and ‘The Shell Seekers’ (2006
  • Career: He was a gifted semi-professional pianist who performed with conductors like Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado. He also produced and directed many live operas.
  • Career: Chicago’s ‘Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership’ bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate.
  • Career: He was inducted as a guest professor at the ‘University of Southern California’.
  • Career: He acted as Hans Rolfe, a defense attorney, in the TV production of ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’, a fictional version of the ‘Nuremberg War Trials’ written by Abby Mann. It was featured in 1959 in an edition of the American television anthology drama series, ‘
  • Career: For three years in the 1960s he was romantically involved with Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, ex-wife of the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • Career: In June 1986, he married Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko. The couple had a daughter Nastassja, who was born in 1989. They divorced in 2005.
  • Career: After 2002, while in separation from his wife Natalya, he was romantically involved with Elisabeth Michitsch, an Austrian art historian.
  • Career: On August 20, 2013, he married Iva Mihanovic, a German opera singer, with whom he was in a relationship since 2008.
  • Career: On February 1, 2014, he passed away in Innsbruck, Austria and was buried in Preitenegg in Carinthia, Austria.
  • Major Works: He acted as Hans Rolfe, a defense attorney, in the TV production of ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’, a fictional version of the ‘Nuremberg War Trials’ written by Abby Mann. It was featured in 1959 in an edition of the American television anthology drama series, ‘
  • Major Works: For three years in the 1960s he was romantically involved with Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, ex-wife of the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • Major Works: In June 1986, he married Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko. The couple had a daughter Nastassja, who was born in 1989. They divorced in 2005.
  • Major Works: After 2002, while in separation from his wife Natalya, he was romantically involved with Elisabeth Michitsch, an Austrian art historian.
  • Major Works: On August 20, 2013, he married Iva Mihanovic, a German opera singer, with whom he was in a relationship since 2008.
  • Major Works: On February 1, 2014, he passed away in Innsbruck, Austria and was buried in Preitenegg in Carinthia, Austria.
  • Personal Life Legacy: For three years in the 1960s he was romantically involved with Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, ex-wife of the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • Personal Life Legacy: In June 1986, he married Russian actress Natalya Andrejchenko. The couple had a daughter Nastassja, who was born in 1989. They divorced in 2005.
  • Personal Life Legacy: After 2002, while in separation from his wife Natalya, he was romantically involved with Elisabeth Michitsch, an Austrian art historian.
  • Personal Life Legacy: On August 20, 2013, he married Iva Mihanovic, a German opera singer, with whom he was in a relationship since 2008.
  • Personal Life Legacy: On February 1, 2014, he passed away in Innsbruck, Austria and was buried in Preitenegg in Carinthia, Austria.