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.

*Swiss-German (father)

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, as well as Chomina in Black Robe and Chief Powhatan in The New World. 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 named August Schellenberg (the son of Friedrich Schellenberg and Elisabeth Wirth).

August’s paternal grandmother was named Berta Rosalie Ritter.

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.


Baptismal record of August Schellenberg –

Obituary of August’s father –

Obituary of August’s mother –

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


Curious about ethnicity

10 Responses

  1. rooster44 says:

    He lloks mestizo native american and white

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    Looks exatly 50/50

  3. follers says:

    A family tree on states that his mother was named Hilda Florence Carratt, and that she was born in Lincolnshire, England, to English parents. This can’t be right, can it?

    This is the obituary of the man described as his maternal half-brother, and that certainly seems accurate.

    Their mother died under the surname Trounce.

    He is also described as having been raised by a foster mother, although Hilda Carratt is listed as Werner Schellenberg’s wife in the family tree. Also, some references describe his mother as “English-Mohawk.”

    Update: This article states that he “grew up in the foster home of a Métis woman and her ten children in Montreal.” So that doesn’t sound like Hilda.

    Another update: this baptismal record seems to confirm that Hilda was his mother. Although I can’t quite make out the last name.

  1. August 22, 2021

    […] It’s looking like his mother was an English immigrant. See this page (especially the comments section). […]

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