News of some more sad passings yesterday and today
Maximilian Schell 1930-2014
Legendary Austrian actor Schell has passed away today aged 83. A Best Actor Oscar winner for 1961's Judgement at Nuremberg it was perhaps inevitable, given his roots, that he was earmarked to play Germans, and specifically Nazis, in post war Hollywood with roles in A Bridge Too Far, The Odessa File, The Man in the Glass Booth, Counterpoint and Cross of Iron.
He also starred in Deep Impact, Little Odessa, The Freshman, Avalanche Express, The Black Hole, Topkapi, Krakatoa East of Java and an adaptation of John le Carre's Call for the Dead entitled The Deadly Affair.
Christopher Jones 1941 -2014
One of the great 'lost' actors, Tennessee born Christopher Jones, like James Dean and Marlon Brando was a proponent of Lee Strasberg's Method acting school, and was even marrietod Strasberg's daughter Susan between 1965 and 1968.
He shot to fame in the title role of TV's The Legend of Jesse James before moving into cinema with roles in Wild in the Streets and Three in the Attic before moving to Europe to star in an adaptation of John le Carre's The Looking Glass War and David Lean's classic Ryan's Daughter. One of the Sharon Tate/Roman Polanski set, Jones claimed to have had an affair with Tate whilst she was expecting Roman's child and subsequently had a premonition of her murder at the hands of the Manson family. Tate's death and the twelve month work schedule on Lean's epic took their toll on Jones and after completing the film he returned to California, taking the caretaker's cottage behind the Tate home and ultimately abandoned his acting career. In later years he was offered the role of Zed in Pulp Fiction but turned it down preferring instead to concentrate on his painting and sculpture. His last film role was in 1996's Mad Dog Time.
He died yesterday aged 72 following complications with cancer.