News

‘Free Willy’ actor August Schellenberg dies aged 77

‘Free Willy’ actor August Schellenberg dies aged 77

August Schellenberg, best known for playing Native American roles in films such as "Free Willy," has died. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Actor August Schellenberg, best known for playing Native American roles in films such as “Free Willy” and “The New World,” has died after battling lung cancer, his manager said on Friday. He was 77.

Schellenberg died at his home in Dallas on Thursday, manager Alan Mills said. The actor’s family has not yet made arrangements for his funeral.

The Montreal-born Schellenberg was half Mohawk and half Swiss-German, and played a whale trainer in 1993’s “Free Willy,” reprising the role for the sequels. He also played Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick’s 2005 film “The New World,” alongside Christian Bale and Colin Farrell.

Schellenberg appeared in numerous television shows, most recently in “SGU Stargate Universe” in 2011, and was nominated for a supporting actor Emmy award in 2007 for his role in HBO TV movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Peeps milk coming to an Easter basket near you

Fresh
peeps

Because why shouldn't milk taste more like marshmallows?

in Lifestyle

The elephants are out of the circus

elephant

The Ringling Bros. Circus says it will eliminate elephant acts by 2018 amid public concerns.

in Music

Singer Ray Scott engaged

rayscott

The "Drinkin' Beer" singer is about to be a married man.

in Music, Viral Videos

‘Uptown Funk’ sung in cartoon voices

10-overlay2

What if the cast of "Family Guy" sung the hit single by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars?

in Music

Glen Campbell’s children launch legal battle against wife

glencampbell

The "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer, who resides in a full-time care facility as he battles Alzheimer's disease, is allegedly "secluded from the rest of the family."