‘Free Willy’ Star August Schellenberg Dies at 77

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August Schellenberg, the actor who portrayed Jesse’s Native American mentor in the 1993 flick “Free Willy,” died yesterday at the age of 77 following a long battle with cancer.

The Canadian-born actor, who often played Native American characters on the big screen, was of Mohawk descent.

Schellenberg reprised his role as Jesse’s mentor Randolph Johnson in 1995’s “Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home” and 1997’s “Free Willy 3: The Rescue.”

He also starred alongside Colin Farrell and Christian Bale as Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick‘s 2005 film “The New World.”

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In 2007, Schellenberg nabbed an Emmy nomination for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in the TV film “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” The actor most recently appeared in the 2012 film “The Last Movie.”

TMZ reports that Schellenberg was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death. He is survived by three daughters.


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