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'Free Willy' Star

Dead at 77

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


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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franz solo    

3 losers a row

441 days ago


so sad, here is info and pictures of the wife who is also an actress

441 days ago


He was NOT American. He was Canadian having been born in Montreal, Canada.

441 days ago


here you can see pictures of his daughters, rip Mr. Schellenberg

441 days ago


GODDD NOOOO!!!! Who is this?

441 days ago

Kayan Phoenix    

Aww I'm sad =( I loved him the tv movie Geronimo from 1993 .. That guy is awesome, he will be missed!!!

441 days ago

Janet Becraft    

He was great in Free Willy 1-3. I still remember this line in Free Willy One: Sa La Na Ayum Isis.
All the fans will miss him like all the fans will sill miss Keiko the Killer Whale.
RIP my friend.

441 days ago


Don't know about anyone else, but I will always remember him North Of 60! Crazy Ben Montour!

RIP! Thanks for the entertainment!

439 days ago

Allen Z Wang    

August Warner Schellenberg Was A Best Supporting Actor And I Really Like His Best Films Such As Free Willy And He Was A Very Good Talented Actor And His Movies Are Excel
lent And Thrilling Stories And I Like Them Very Much And Surely He Is Known For His Roles And Characters In Movie
And Film And The Man August Will Be Remembered And
Adored For His Best Movies And Films! RIP.

PS August Was A Well-Respected Man For His Films
And I Am Sad That He Passed On And Will Be Mi
ssed And In Remembrance Of An Famous Actor
August Warner Schellenberg! We Miss You, Our
Dear Friend!

250 days ago
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