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Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow (10 April 1929-8 March 2020) was a Swedish actor. He also held French citizenship since 2002. He starred in many films and had supporting roles in dozens more. He performed in films filmed in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, English, Italian, German, Danish, French and Spanish. Some of his most memorable film roles include knight Antonius Block in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (the first of his eleven films with Bergman and the film that includes the iconic shot of his career in the scene where he plays chess with Death), Jesus in George Stevens's The Greatest Story Ever Told, Father Merrin in Friedkin's The Exorcist, Joubert the assassin in Three Days of the Condor, and Ming the Merciless in the 1980 version of Flash Gordon. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award - Best Leading Actor for Pelle the Conqueror (1988) and Best Supporting Actor for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011).

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Apr 10, 1929 In Lund, Skåne län, Sweden
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Only a Mother 1949-10-31
Latest Project:
Movie Kursk 2018-11-07
Known For
Poster of Shutter Island
Poster of Professione fantasma
Poster of Flash Gordon
Poster of The Exorcist
Movie Kursk Admiral Vladimir Petrenko 2018-11-07
Movie The First, the Last Le croque-mort 2016-01-27
Movie The Letters Celeste van Exem 2015-12-04
Movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lor San Tekka 2015-12-15
Movie Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures Dr. Alistair Conis 2013-06-28
Movie Max Von Sydow: Dialogues with The Renter Himself 2012-03-27
Movie Branded Marketing Guru 2012-09-06
Movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close The Renter 2011-12-24
Series Game of Thrones Three-eyed raven 2011-04-17
Movie Behind the Moomins Narrator 2010-01-01
Movie The Wolfman Passenger on Train (uncredited) 2010-02-10
Movie The Last Norwegian Troll The Last Norweigian Troll (voice) 2010-08-21
Movie Shutter Island Dr. Jeremiah Naehring 2010-02-14
Movie Robin Hood Sir Walter Loxley 2010-05-12
Movie A Man and His Dog Le commandant 2009-01-14
Movie Solomon Kane Josiah Kane 2009-09-16
Movie Oscar and the Lady in Pink Le docteur Dusseldorf 2009-11-15
Movie Emotional Arithmetic Jakob Bronski 2008-04-18
Series The Tudors Cardinal Von Waldburg 2007-04-01
Series L'inchiesta - Anno Domini XXXIII Tiberio 2007-04-02
Movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Papinou 2007-05-23
Movie Rush Hour 3 Varden Reynard 2007-08-08
Movie The Final Inquiry Tiberius 2006-12-13
Movie Heidi Uncle Alp 2005-08-19
Movie Hidden Children Valobra 2004-01-01
Series Ring of the Nibelungs Eyvind 2004-11-29
Movie Ring of the Nibelungs Eyvind 2004-11-19
Movie Minority Report Director Lamar Burgess 2002-06-20
Movie Sleepless Moretti 2001-01-05
Movie Druids Guttuart 2001-01-24
Movie Intacto Samuel 2001-11-06
Movie Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' Himself 2000-01-01
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid Freud 2000-09-19
Series Nuremberg Samuel Rosenman 2000-07-16
Movie Snow Falling on Cedars Nels Gudmundsson 1999-12-22
Movie The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist Himself - 'Fr. Merrin' 1998-01-01
Series Professione fantasma Psicoanalista dell’aldilà 1998-02-06
Movie What Dreams May Come The Tracker 1998-10-02
Movie The Princess and the Pauper Epos 1997-06-30
Movie Their Frozen Dream S.A. Andrée (voice) 1997-10-03
Movie Solomon Davide 1997-12-15
Movie Hostile Waters Admiral Chernavin 1997-10-18
Movie Hamsun Knut Hamsun 1996-04-19
Movie Citizen X Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky 1996-04-27
Movie Jerusalem Vicar 1996-09-06
Movie Private Confessions Jacob 1996-12-25
Movie Samson and Delilah Narratore (voice) (uncredited) 1996-12-08
Movie Depth Solitude Narrator 1995-01-01
Movie Judge Dredd Chief Justice Fargo 1995-06-30
Movie The Atlantic Narrator (voice) 1995-04-07
Series Radetzky March Baron Franz von Trotta und Sipolje 1995-12-27
Movie Captured - Meet Robert A. Robinson Photographer Narrator 1995-11-26
Movie A che punto è la notte Arcivescovo di Torino 1994-04-07
Movie Onkel Vanja The professor 1994-12-26
Movie Time is Money Joe Kaufman 1994-10-19
Movie Morfars resa Simon S.L. Fromm 1993-01-29
Movie Needful Things Leland Gaunt 1993-08-27
Movie The Silent Touch Henry Kesdi 1992-09-30
Series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Sigmund Freud 1992-03-04
Movie The Best Intentions Johan Åkerblom 1992-05-24
Movie A Kiss Before Dying Thor Carlsson 1991-04-26
Movie Europa Narrator (voice) 1991-06-27
Movie The Ox Vicar 1991-11-22
Movie Until the End of the World Henry Farber 1991-09-12
Movie The bachelor Von Schleheim 1990-03-29
Movie Cellini: A Violent Life Papa Clemente VII 1990-05-02
Movie Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Father Siemes 1990-08-06
Movie Awakenings Peter Ingham 1990-12-04
Movie Father Joe Mueller 1990-08-16
Movie Ghostbusters II Vigo (voice) (uncredited) 1989-06-16
Movie Foreign Filmmakers in Hollywood Unknown 1989-01-01
Movie Red King, White Knight Szaz 1989-11-25
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie The Second Victory Dr. Huber 1987-06-04
Movie Pelle the Conqueror Lassefar 1987-12-25
Series Gösta Berlings saga Melchior Sinclaire 1986-03-10
Movie Hannah and Her Sisters Frederick 1986-02-07
Movie The Wolf at the Door August Strindberg 1986-09-05
Movie Duet for One Dr. Louis Feldman 1986-12-25
Series The Last Place on Earth Fridtjof Nansen 1985-02-18
Movie Kojak: The Belarus File Peter Barak 1985-02-16
Series Quo Vadis? Petrus 1985-02-24
Movie Code Name: Emerald Jürgen Brausch 1985-09-07
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Self 1985-03-03
Movie The Repenter Spinola 1985-11-15
Series Christopher Columbus Re Giovanni del Portogallo 1985-03-07
Movie The Ice Pirates (uncredited) 1984-03-16
Movie Samson and Delilah Sidka 1984-03-31
Movie The Soldiers's Tale The devil 1984-01-01
Movie Dune Doctor Kynes 1984-12-14
Movie Le dernier civil Gérard Bauerle 1984-11-04
Movie Dreamscape Doctor Paul Novotny 1984-08-15
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston Self 1983-03-23
Movie Circle of Passions Carlo di Vilalfratti 1983-07-06
Movie Strange Brew Brewmeister Smith 1983-08-26
Movie Never Say Never Again Ernst Stavro Blofeld 1983-10-07
Movie The Cinema of Carl Th. Dreyer Unknown 1982-05-30
Movie Conan the Barbarian King Osric 1982-04-02
Movie The Flight of the Eagle Salomon August Andrée 1982-08-26
Movie Target Eagle Coronel O'Donnell 1982-09-10
Movie Escape to Victory Major Karl von Steiner 1981-06-17
Movie She Dances Alone Nijinsky's voice 1981-09-19
Series The Guldbagge Awards Himself - Best Director winner 1981-10-30
Movie Death Watch Gerald Mortenhoe 1980-01-23
Movie Flash Gordon The Emperor Ming 1980-09-01
Movie Hurricane Dr. Bascomb 1979-04-12
Movie Venetian Lies Marcello Herrighe 1979-10-11
Movie Brass Target Shelley Martin Webber 1978-12-22
Movie March or Die François Marneau 1977-09-08
Movie Black Journal Lisa Carpi / Carabinieri Marshal 1977-01-01
Movie Exorcist II: The Heretic Father Lancaster Merrin 1977-06-17
Movie Heart of a Dog Professor Filipp Filippovich Preobrazenski 1976-01-23
Movie Illustrious Corpses Supreme Court President 1976-02-12
Movie Voyage of the Damned Captain Schroeder 1976-12-22
Movie Foxtrot Larsen 1976-03-01
Movie The Desert of the Tartars Cap. Ortiz 1976-10-29
Movie Trompe l'oeil Matthew Lawrence 1975-04-02
Movie The Softening of the Egg The Father 1975-03-17
Movie Three Days of the Condor G. Joubert 1975-09-24
Movie The Ultimate Warrior Baron 1975-10-02
Movie Steppenwolf Harry Haller 1974-01-01
Movie The Exorcist Father Lankester Merrin 1973-05-31
Movie Ingmar Bergman Himself 1972-03-17
Movie The New Land Karl-Oskar 1972-01-01
Movie Embassy Gorenko 1972-03-02
Movie The Night Visitor Salem 1971-02-10
Movie The Emigrants Karl Oskar 1971-03-08
Movie The Apple War Roy Lindberg 1971-12-18
Movie The Touch Andreas Vergerus 1971-07-14
Movie The Kremlin Letter Colonel Kosnov 1970-02-01
Movie Made in Sweden Magnus Rud 1969-03-17
Movie The Passion of Anna Andreas Winkelman 1969-11-10
Movie Hour of the Wolf Johan Borg 1968-02-19
Movie An Introduction to Ingmar Bergman Interviewee 1968-04-14
Movie Black Palm Trees Gustav Olofsson 1968-09-26
Movie Shame Jan Rosenberg 1968-09-29
Movie The Diary of Anne Frank Otto Frank 1967-11-26
Movie Here Is Your Life Smålands-Pelle 1966-12-26
Movie Hawaii Rev. Abner Hale 1966-10-10
Movie The Quiller Memorandum Oktober 1966-11-10
Movie Interlude in the Marshland Alex Kvist 1965-02-22
Movie The Greatest Story Ever Told Jesus 1965-02-15
Movie 4 x 4 Kvist 1965-02-25
Movie The Reward Scott Swenson 1965-09-15
Series Grimme-Preis-Verleihung himself 1964-01-16
Movie Winter Light Jonas Persson 1963-02-11
Movie The Mistress The Man 1962-02-19
Movie Wonderful Adventures of Nils The Father 1962-09-12
Movie Through a Glass Darkly Martin 1961-06-06
Movie The Virgin Spring Töre 1960-02-08
Movie The Wedding Day Anders Frost 1960-10-03
Movie Brink of Life Harry Andersson, Stinas man 1958-03-31
Movie Spion 503 Horst, Gestapo-mand 1958-08-29
Movie The Magician Albert Emanuel Vogler 1958-12-26
Movie Rabies Bo Stensson Svenningson 1958-11-07
Movie Mr. Sleeman Is Coming The hunter 1957-04-18
Movie The Seventh Seal Antonius Block 1957-02-16
Movie Wild Strawberries Henrik Åkerman 1957-12-26
Movie The Right to Love Bergman 1956-02-27
Movie Miss Julie Groom 1951-06-28
Movie Only a Mother Nils 1949-10-31