Dallas-Fort Worth Local Member August Schellenberg died at his Dallas home on Aug. 15 surrounded by his family after a gallant fight with lung cancer, his agent Jamie Levitt said. He was 77 years old.
Born in Montreal to a Swiss father and Mohawk mother, Schellenberg received an Emmy nomination for playing Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull in the 2007 HBO mini-series, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. It was the third time that Schellenberg portrayed the famed Native American figure, a part which the actor called his favorite role.
Perhaps best known for playing the Native American mentor “Randolph” in all three Free Willy movies, Schellenberg leaves behind a four decade career on both the small and big screens. Most recently he played the lead in Shakespeare's King Lear with an all Canadian cast in at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2012.
August is survived by his wife Joan Karasevich and three daughters. He was a loving father and grandfather to his devoted family.