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Morning Man Classic: Maximilian Schell!

Tonight’s episode of FX’s Feud masterfully recreates the 1963 Academy Awards when Joan Crawford sweeps onto the stage to accept the Oscar for Anne Bancroft who has beaten Crawford’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane co-star Bette Davis for the prize. It was the handsome Maximilian Schell who presented the award on that night.

The Austrian-born Swiss actor had won the 1962 Academy Award for best actor for Judgement at Nuremberg, a movie filled with excellent performances from the likes of Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy and Marlene Dietrich.

Schell first appeared as Hans Rolfe, the defense attorney in Nuremberg in a 1959 television performance then reprised the role two years later in the film. In 2001, he appeared in a Broadway production of Nuremburg in Tracy’s role of the judge.

The actor appeared in a long list of film, television and stage roles including Oscar-nominated performances in Julia, and The Man in the Glass Booth and an Emmy-nomimated and Golden Globe Award-winning performance in Stalin. He died in 2014 at the age of 83.


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  1. He truly was a beautiful man….and a terrific actor.

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