Canadian actor August Schellenberg has played a number of great fictional and real-life Native-American roles throughout his career. Schellenberg got his start acting in numerous stage productions after graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1966. He made his television debut in 1970 on an episode of "Castle Zaremba" and got introduced to film audiences when he appeared in the Canadian coming-of-age drama "Rip-Off" the following year. Schellenberg's career has included a number of intriguing projects. He's voiced characters in the 1981 cult animated film "Heavy Metal," gotten cast as a Mob soldier in 1994's "Getting Gotti," and played a prospector murder suspect in the 1980 docudrama "L'Affaire Coffin." But Schellenberg's most cherished parts have been Native Americans, be it the Apache warrior Cochise ("Geronimo"), his award-winning turn as the fictional 1600s-era Algonquin guide Chomina ("Black Robe"), or the full-blooded Choctaw grandfather of Holly Hunter's Grace Hanadarko ("Saving Grace"). The Canadian actor's favorite portrayal has been of Sitting Bull, whom he has played three times: in an episode of the 1970s historical reenactment series "Witness to Yesterday," the 1996 made-for-cable TNT movie "Crazy Horse," and the 2007 HBO adaptation of the Dee Brown book "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
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Made film debut in "Rip-Off"
Lent his voice to the animated film "Heavy Metal"
Co-starred with Robby Benson in "Running Brave" a biopic of Olympic medalist Billy Mills
Co-starred in the Canadian drama "Tramp at the Door"
Earned a Canadian Genie Award as Algonquin chief, Chomina in Bruce Beresford's "Black Robe"
Played a Comanche warrior in the TNT movie, "Geronimo"
Portrayed wise handyman, Randolph Johnson in the family feature "Free Willy"
Co-starred in the TNT drama "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee"
Played Grey Wolf, a recurring character on "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS)
Played an Indian handyman in the family adventure film "Iron Will"
Reprised the role of Randolph Johnson in "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home"
Cast in the CBS TV-movie of the Broadway play "The West Side Waltz," starring Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine and Kathy Bates
Portrayed Sitting Bull in TV movie "Crazy Horse"
Once again starred as Randolph Johnson in "Free Willy 3: The Rescue"
Cast in the TBS remake of the Western classic "High Noon"
Cast in the Terrence Mallick-directed "The New World"
Reprised role of Sitting Bull in the HBO original movie, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie