R.I.P: “Free Willy” Actor August Schellenberg Dead At 77 Following Long Battle With Cancer

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Prayers go out to his family.

“Free Willy” Actor August Schellenberg Dead At 77

According to TMZ

August Schellenberg — who played Jesse’s Native American mentor in “Free Willy” — has died Thursday in Texas after a long battle with cancer … TMZ has learned.

Schellenberg’s family tells TMZ … August died peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

77-year-old Schellenberg had a long and storied career in Hollywood — often playing Native American characters.

In fact, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

August appeared in all 3 “Free Willy” movies. He also appeared alongside Christian Bale and Colin Farrell in the 2005 flick, “The New World.”

At least he passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones.

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