Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

Actor Maximilian Schell acknowledges the applause during the distribution of the DIVA Entertainment Awards 2008 in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

February 1, 2014 10:31:16 AM PST
Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won the best actor Oscar in the early 1960s for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.

Schell's agent Patricia Baumbauer said Saturday that Schell died overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck following a "sudden and serious illness," the Austria Press Agency reported.

The Vienna-born Schell won his Oscar in 1961 and later was honored with further Oscar nominations - in the best actor category for "The Man in the Glass Booth" in 1975, and for best supporting actor in "Julia" in 1977.

Born to a Swiss writer and an Austrian actress, he was the younger brother of Maria Schell, an icon of the German-speaking film world, who died in 2005.