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Emmy-Nominated Free Willy Actor August Schellenberg Passes Away At 77

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How tragic!

Celebrated actor August Schellenberg died Thursday, succumbing to a long battle with cancer.

The 77-year-old actor had a long career in Hollywood, notably starring in all three Free Willy films and alongside Colin Farell and Christian Bale in The New World.

In 2007, the Canadian born thespian was nominated for an Emmy for his work in the HBO drama Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which also featured Anna Paquin.

August was reportedly surrounded by loved ones in his Texas home when he passed peacefully.

Rest in peace, good sir — you will be missed!

[Image via WENN.]

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