Cause of death
North of 60
August Werner Schellenberg
July 25, 1936 (
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 15, 2013, Dallas, Texas, United States
Joan Karasevich (m. ?–2013)
National Theatre School of Canada
Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventur, The New World, Bury My Heart at Wounded, Free Willy 3: The Rescue
Jason James Richter, Jayne Atkinson, Joan Karasevich, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen
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August Werner Schellenberg (July 25, 1936 – August 15, 2013) was a Canadian-born actor. He was noted for his film work as Chief Powhatan in The New World (2005) and his recurring role of Randolph in the Free Willy series.
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Life and career
Schellenberg was born and lived in Montreal, Quebec, until moving to Toronto, Ontario, in 1967. He was of Mohawk and Swiss-German descent. He established himself in Toronto until 1995. He lived in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, actress Joan Karasevich. He was the father of three daughters, two with Karasevich. He was trained at the National Theatre School of Canada.
His initial work was in the Don Shebib-directed coming-of-age film, Rip-Off, in 1971. In 1981, he did voices for the animated film Heavy Metal. During the late 1990s he had major roles in Black Robe (as Chomina), Free Willy and its sequels (as Randolph Johnson), Iron Will (Ned Dodd), True Heart (Khonanesta), and TV film Crazy Horse (Sitting Bull). He went on to star as Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick's 2005 film The New World. He also had roles in Disney's Eight Below and the doco within a film The Green Chain (2007). In 2011, he appeared in two episodes of the television series Stargate Universe as Yaozu. His favorite role was that of Sitting Bull in the film Crazy Horse, a character he reprised in the film version of the Dee Brown bestseller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, for which he received an Emmy nomination. He also starred in Dreamkeeper (2003) as Pete Chasing Horse.
Schellenberg was nominated for three Genie Awards and won one (for Black Robe). He was also nominated for two Gemini Awards, Schellenberg won one (for the television movie The Prodigal).
In 2012, he performed the title role in an all-aboriginal production of William Shakespeare's King Lear at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, alongside a cast that also included Billy Merasty as Gloucester, Tantoo Cardinal as Regan, Jani Lauzon in a dual role as Cordelia and the Fool, and Craig Lauzon as Kent and Lorne Cardinal as Duke of Albany as well as Assistant Director.
During his lifetime, Schellenberg taught acting seminars at Toronto's Centre for Indigenous Theatre and York University. He conducted motivational workshops in schools and for cultural and community organizations across North America.
Schellenberg died on August 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas after a long battle with lung cancer. His interment was at Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.