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Maximilian Schell dies at 83; Oscar-winning actor
Maximilian Schell dies at 83; Oscar-winning actor

When Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell won the best actor Academy Award in 1962 for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg," he gave a short thank-you speech in which he recalled being questioned by a customs official upon first arriving in the United States. "He was asking me what I was doing here, and I said, 'I'm going to do a film,'" Schell told the glittering crowd in his accented English. "And he said to me, 'Good luck, boy.' And I think that was very unusual for a customs man. And I can tell him now that I had it." Undoubtedly, Schell, whose family fled the Nazis when he was a boy, made his own luck — not only as a...

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