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'Free Willy' Star

Dead at 77

8/16/2013 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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August Schellenberg -- who played Jesse's Native American mentor in "Free Willy" -- has died Thursday in Texas after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Schellenberg's family tells TMZ ... August died peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

77-year-old Schellenberg had a long and storied career in Hollywood -- often playing Native American characters.

In fact, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

August appeared in all 3 "Free Willy" movies. He also appeared alongside Christian Bale and Colin Farrell in the 2005 flick, "The New World."

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1.

Justjenny001    

Man all of the stars are all moving on to a better place

396 days ago
2.

Justjenny001    

I hope they all had their mind rite and was focus on god and not fame and money

396 days ago
3.

Azoozazooz    

2013: great people are taken away while we are stck with justin biber niki minaj. :(

396 days ago
4.

homelessdude    

Okay TMZ, what about Karen Black, she passed away last weekend, and you never mentioned her. I loved her in "Trilogy Of Terror"

396 days ago
5.

BoricuaBabe    

Omgosh!!! Just watched "Free Willy" this morning with my Son! Rest in Euphoria Friend.

396 days ago
6.

clit ripper    

I was told if a man wears an earring in his right ear, it symbolized he was gay. Was August gay?

396 days ago
7.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

Who gets his casino?

396 days ago
8.

FROM HELL    

About Time!

396 days ago
9.

billybob    

"Free Willy" was hoax, what they actually did was killing the wale after the movies. Rot in hell, August!

396 days ago
10.

Spunky Funk    

I dunno why...this story made me laugh. Maybe it's the name "free willy".

396 days ago
11.

Peter Popoff    

RIP free willy guy

396 days ago
12.

Amor    

R.I.P... many prayers to his family.

396 days ago
13.

Melissa B    

Aw I remember him. He was a good actor. May he RIP.

396 days ago
14.

ravenfan    

He was a great actor. Now r.i.p. August...you sure will be missed.

396 days ago
15.

Sarafina    

I remember him mostly from Black Robe (1991); wonderful film and he was fantastic in it. Thank you for your talent and your contribution to cinema. Rest in peace, August...

396 days ago
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