August Schellenberg

August Schellenberg

Schellenberg in 2007, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: August Werner Schellenberg

Date of Birth: July 25, 1936

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Death: August 15, 2013

Place of Death: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

*father – Swiss-German
*mother – likely English

August Schellenberg was a Canadian actor of film, stage, and television. He was known for playing Native American characters Randolph in the Free Willy films, Chomina in Black Robe, Chief Powhatan in The New World, and Sitting Bull in the mini-series Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. His other films include The Coffin Affair, Iron Will, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Going The Distance (2004), and Eight Below (2006). He was also known as Augie Schellenberg.

August was the son of Hilda and Werner Walter Schellenberg. His father was born in Oerlikon, Zürich, Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent. His mother was said to be of Mohawk or English-Mohawk ancestry. It appears that she was born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, and came to Canada in the late 1920s.

August was born in Montréal, and later moved to Toronto, Ontario, and finally Dallas, Texas, U.S. August was married to actress Joan Karasevich, until his death. He had three children, including two with Joan.

August’s paternal grandfather was August Schellenberg (the son of Friedrich Schellenberg and Elisabeth Wirth). August was born in Weisslingen, Zürich.

August’s paternal grandmother was Berta/Bertha Rosalie Ritter (the daughter of Jakob Ritter and Rosa Wolfensberger). Berta was born in Hittnau, Zürich. Rosa was the daughter of Kaspar Wolfensberger and Elisabeth Schoch.

August’s maternal grandfather possibly was Frederick Carratt (the son of Charles Carratt and Alice Gray). Frederick was born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. Charles was the son of Edward Carratt and Mary Elizabeth Smith.

August’s maternal grandmother possibly was The Rev. Frances E. Cooper (born Frances Elizabeth Wheildon, the daughter of Joseph Wheildon and Francis/Frances Elizabeth Gibbs). The Rev. Frances was born in Hanley Castle, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England. Joseph was the son of Joseph Weildon and Lucy Elizabeth Howard.


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Obituary of August’s possible maternal grandmother, The Rev. Frances Elizabeth (Wheildon) Cooper –


Curious about ethnicity

13 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    What’s going on? He had some specific NA features, though diluted.

    “likely English”? BS.

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