AUGUST 15, 2013


Born in Montreal, July 25, 1936, August left school and initially worked as a dockworker.  Entering the National Theare School (NTS), he became its 1st Aboriginal graduate.  In 1967, August won the Tyrone Guthrie Award (Most Promising Young Actor) at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.  He was in several Canadian movies, including Oscar-nominated short, The Painted Door (1984) and won a Genie Award for Black Robe (Best Supporting Actor, 1991).  He was in Free Willy (1993) & sequels, and in The New World (2005).  TV series include: Lonesome Dove; Walker: Texas Ranger; Saving Grace & Grey’s Anatomy.  TV movies included: The Return of Ben Casey (1988), Geronimo (1993), Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994), & Crazy Horse (1996).  TV Awards: Emmy nomination, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Best Supporting Actor, 2007); Gemini Award, The Prodigal (Best Supporting Actor, 1983); and NTS Lifetime Achievement Award; & Aboriginal Walk of Honour (2005).  August died in Dallas, Texas.

Source:  Paul Townend, “August Schellenberg,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 8/19/2013.  Retrieved 6/10/2020,
Photo:  Padraic Ryan, 11/11/2007.  Aboriginal War Veterans Monument, Ottawa, Canada.  Permissive Use.

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