August Schellenberg dies: 'Free Willy' actor was 77

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August Schellenberg has died at the age of 77. The actor, possibly best known for the role of Randolph Johnson in the "Free Willy" films, passed away peacefully after a long fight with cancer (as reported by TMZ).

Often playing Native American characters, Schellenberg's acting career began in the 1970s. He appeared in almost 100 projects over the years and was nominated for a supporting-actor Emmy for his role as Sitting Bull in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" in 2007. Other notable roles include Powhatan in 2005's "The New World" (costarring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale) and guest appearances on shows ranging from "Grey's Anatomy" to "Walker, Texas Ranger."

Born in Montreal in 1936, Schellenberg died in Texas.

You can see August Schellenberg in the trailer for "Free Willy" in 1993.


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