August Schellenberg Dead: 'Free Willy' Star Dies At 77

08/16/2013 12:14 pm ET | Updated Aug 16, 2013

After a long battle with cancer, August Schellenberg, the actor who played Jesse's Native American mentor in "Free Willy" has died, according to TMZ. His family told the site that Schellenberg died peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

The 77-year-old actor's career included all three "Free Willy" movies and 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."

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