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Date Of BirthJuly 25, 1936
DiedAugust 15, 2013, Dallas, Texas, United States
SpouseJoan Karasevich
FactTaught acting seminars at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and at York University in Toronto.

August Schellenberg, Canadian actor (born Aug. 15, 1936, Montreal, Que.—died Aug. 15, 2013, North Vancouver, B.C.), was a versatile performer who appeared in more than 100 film and television roles but was perhaps best known for his work in the Oscar-winning film Dances with Wolves (1990), in which he played the Lakota medicine man Kicking Bird. Schellenberg began his career in the 1960s with the National Arts Centre’s English-language company in Ottawa and went on to perform with the Stratford (Ontario) Festival and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. He made his screen debut in an episode of the CBC series Wojeck (1966) and appeared in such films as Black Robe (1991), Free Willy (1993), and The New World (2005). Schellenberg was honoured with a Native American Music Award for his work on the soundtrack of Smoke Signals (1998).

General Info

Date Of BirthJuly 25, 1936
DiedAugust 15, 2013, Dallas, Texas, United States
Place Of BirthMontreal, Canada
Height1.73 m
EducationNational Theatre School of Canada


SpouseJoan Karasevich


AwardsGenie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
MoviesFree Willy, The New World, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Eight Below, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Black Robe, Dreamkeeper, Iron Will, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Heavy Metal, True Heart, Going the Distance, Death Hunt, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, Missionar...
TV ShowsNorth of 60, The Littlest Hobo

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1His name means "great" or "venerable", derived from Latin augere "to increase".
2He was of Teutonic, Germanic and Mohawk ancestry.
3Graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1966.
4Was a champion diver and boxer in his youth.
5Has conducted acting workshops in Toronto at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and at York University.
6Taught acting seminars at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and at York University in Toronto.
7Was a skilled amateur chef and a lifelong athlete who was a champion diver and boxer in his youth.
8Lived in Montreal until moving to Toronto, Ontario, where he resided from 1967 until 1995. Was living in Dallas, Texas when he died.
9His father was of Swiss descent and his mother was of English-Mohawk descent.
10He has played the Lakota Sioux chief Sitting Bull in three otherwise unrelated productions: Witness to Yesterday (1970), Crazy Horse (1996) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007).
11He is Métis (Swiss-German and Mohawk).
12Studied at The National Theatre School of Canada.
13Of all the characters he has portrayed, Sitting Bull is his favorite.
14Father, with Joan Karasevich, of three daughters.




The Last Movie2012Samuel Booker
SGU Stargate Universe2011TV SeriesYaozu
Saving Grace2007-2010TV SeriesGeePaw Geepaw
Grey's Anatomy2008TV SeriesClay Bedonie
45 R.P.M.2008Peter George Moses
Comanche Moon2008TV Mini-SeriesIdahi
Missionary Man2007White Deer
The Green Chain2007The Executive - John Clements
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee2007TV MovieSitting Bull
Eight Below2006Mindo
The New World2005Powhatan
Going the Distance2004Emile
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins2004VideoTecopa
DreamKeeper2003TV MovieGrandpa
The Unsaid2001Detective Hannah
Canada: A People's History2000TV Series documentaryWoodlands Storyteller
High Noon2000TV MovieAntonio
Mysterious Ways2000TV SeriesDr. Nader
Out of Time2000TV MovieYoung Dog
So Weird2000TV SeriesTom Martinez
Due South1998TV SeriesGilbert Wallace
Scattering Dad1998TV MovieFierce Crow
True Heart1997Khonanesta
Free Willy 3: The Rescue1997Randolph Johnson
Sisters and Other Strangers1997TV MovieDet. Frank Britten
What Love Sees1996TV MovieEarl
Crazy Horse1996TV MovieSitting Bull
Grand Avenue1996TV MovieSherman
The Siege at Ruby Ridge1996TV MovieIndian
The West Side Waltz1995TV MovieSerge
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home1995Randolph
Tecumseh: The Last Warrior1995TV MovieBlack Hoof
Walker, Texas Ranger1994-1995TV SeriesBilly Gray Wolf
North of 601994-1995TV SeriesBen Montour
Tales from the Cryptkeeper1993-1994TV SeriesThe Trader / The Beanstalker / Uncle Ned / ...
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee1994TV MovieDick Wilson
Getting Gotti1994TV MovieWillie Boy Johnson
Iron Will1994Ned Dodd
Lonesome Dove: The Series1994TV SeriesChief Iron Bow
Street Legal1993TV SeriesBilly Cormier
Geronimo1993TV MovieCochise
Free Willy1993Randolph Johnson
Avonlea1993TV SeriesSimon Redfox
E.N.G.1993TV SeriesCharlie Antonelli
Lakota Moon1992TV MovieBull Elk
The Adventures of Tintin1992TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Terror on Track 91992TV MovieVargas
Scoop1992TV SeriesChef Cri
The Broken Cord1992TV MovieDuane Buckanagee
Counterstrike1990-1991TV SeriesSt. John / Cortez
Black Robe1991Chomina
Top Cops1991TV SeriesLt. Harry Minor
Divided Loyalties1990
Champagne Charlie1989TV MovieGeneral Butler
Lance et compte II1988TV SeriesAllan Goldman
The Return of Ben Casey1988TV MovieDr. Madigan
Friday the 13th: The Series1987TV SeriesFahteem
Airwolf1987TV SeriesGregori Nobokov
Qui a tiré sur nos histoires d'amour1986Fabien
Adderly1986TV SeriesDr. Taggart
Lance et compte1986TV SeriesAllan Goldman
Mark of Cain1986Otto
Confidential1986Charles Ripley
The Edison Twins1986TV SeriesRay Webster
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye1986TV SeriesJohnny Tango
Night Heat1986TV SeriesGeist
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesBrennan
The Legs of the Lame1985Short
Workin' for Peanuts1985TV MovieLouis Mead
Striker's Mountain1985TV MovieJake Striker
Tramp at the Door1985TV MovieAlbert Fournier
In the Fall1984ShortNarrator (voice)
Best Revenge1984Captain of 'Recon Star'
The Littlest Hobo1980-1984TV SeriesWalter Henig / Stoney Hill / Barney Baxter
The Painted Door1984ShortJohn
Covergirl1984Joel Vacchio
Hangin' In1984TV SeriesHarvey
The Hitchhiker1983TV SeriesBob Ames
Cross Country1983Glen Cosgrove
Running Brave1983Billy's Father
Le ruffian1983Neslon Harting
The Prodigal1983TV Movie
Latitude 55°1982Josef Przysiezny
Seeing Things1982TV SeriesGrayson
Kings and Desperate Men1981Stanley Aldini
Heavy Metal1981Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Death Hunt1981Deak De Bleargue
The Coffin Affair1980Wilbert Coffin
Bear Island1979Marine Technician
Riel1979TV MovieLépine
Drying Up the Streets1978Nick
Power Play1978Minh
Homecoming1978TV SeriesLou
The New Avengers1977TV SeriesBailey
One Man1977Ernie Carrick
Between Friends1973
Witness to Yesterday1973TV SeriesSitting Bull
A Fan's Notes1972
Rip-Off1971Indian #1
Castle Zaremba1970TV Series


Chasing Lear2016DocumentaryHimself
Don't Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare:2010Video documentary voice
Who Killed Miracle?2009DocumentaryNarrator
Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School2008Video documentary voice
Dream Makers2006DocumentaryHimself
Making 'The New World'2006Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'DreamKeeper'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Chiefs2002TV Mini-Series documentary
Doves and Pigeons: Peace Symbol and Urban Pest2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mission to Mir1997Documentary shortNarrator
The West1996TV Series documentary
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam


Won Awards

2006FAITA AwardFirst Americans in the Arts AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor Performance in a FilmThe New World (2005)
2003American Indian Movie AwardAmerican Indian Film FestivalBest ActorDreamKeeper (2003)
1998FAITA AwardFirst Americans in the Arts AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actor in a Film (Lead)Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
1991GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleBlack Robe (1991)
1986GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by a Lead Actor in a Single Dramatic ProgramThe Prodigal (1983)

Nominated Awards

2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or MovieBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesBury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
1996GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic SeriesNorth of 60 (1992)
1992AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Supporting RoleBlack Robe (1991)
1983GenieGenie AwardsBest Motion PictureLatitude 55° (1982)
1983GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleLatitude 55° (1982)
1981GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleL'affaire Coffin (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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