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Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ancestry. When he was in high school, he and a few ... See full bio »
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The Exorcist
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 2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Video Game)
Lor San Tekka (voice)
 2016 Game of Thrones (TV Series)
Three-Eyed Raven
- The Door (2016) ... Three-Eyed Raven (as Max Von Sydow)
- Oathbreaker (2016) ... Three-Eyed Raven (as Max Von Sydow)
- Home (2016) ... Three-Eyed Raven (as Max Von Sydow)
 2016 The First, the Last
Le croque-mort
 2014 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Klaus Ziegler
- The War of Art (2014) ... Klaus Ziegler (voice)
 2013 Dragons 3D (Short)
Dr. Alistair Conis
 2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Video Game)
Esbern (voice)
 2010 Moomins and the Comet Chase
Narrator (French version, voice)
 2010 The Last Norwegian Troll (Short)
The Last Norwegian Troll (voice)
 2010 The Wolfman
Passenger on Train (only in director's cut) (uncredited)
 2009 Oscar and the Lady in Pink
Dr. Dusseldorf
 2009 Solomon Kane
Josiah Kane
 2009 Ghostbusters (Video Game)
Vigo (voice)
 2008 Un homme et son chien
Le commandant
 2005/I Heidi
Uncle Alp
 2004 Curse of the Ring (TV Movie)
 2004 Hidden Children (TV Movie)
 2001 Intacto
 2001 The Gaul
 2001 Sleepless
 2000 Nuremberg (TV Mini-Series)
Samuel Rosenman
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Samuel Rosenman
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars
Nels Gudmundsson (as Max Von Sydow)
 1998 Professione fantasma (TV Series)
Other World's psychoanalyst
- Fantasma per caso (1998) ... Other World's psychoanalyst
 1997 Solomon (TV Movie)
 1997 The Princess and the Pauper (TV Movie)
 1997 En frusen dröm (Documentary)
S.A. Andrée (voice)
 1997 Hostile Waters (TV Movie)
Admiral Chernavin
 1996 Truck Stop
 1996 Private Confessions (TV Movie)
 1996 Samson and Delilah (TV Movie)
Narratore (voice, uncredited)
 1996 Jerusalem
 1995 Depth Solitude (Short)
 1995 Citizen X (TV Movie)
Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
 1994 Onkel Vanja (TV Movie)
 1994 A che punto è la notte (TV Movie)
Arcivescovo di Torino
 1994 Radetzkymarsch (TV Mini-Series)
Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
- Episode #1.4 (1994) ... Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
- Radetzkymarsch (1994) ... Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
 1994 Time Is Money
Joe Kaufman
 1993 Needful Things
Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
 1993 Morfars resa
Simon S.L. Fromm
 1992 The Touch
Henry Kesdi
 1992 The Best Intentions
Johan Åkerblom
 1991 The Best Intentions (TV Mini-Series)
Johan Åkerblom
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Johan Åkerblom (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Johan Åkerblom
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Johan Åkerblom
 1991 Oxen
 1991 Until the End of the World
Henry Farber
 1991 Europa
Narrator (voice)
 1991 A Kiss Before Dying
Thor Carlsson
 1990 Awakenings
Dr. Peter Ingham (as Max Von Sydow)
 1990 Father
Joe Mueller
 1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Movie)
Father Siemes
 1990 The Bachelor
Von Schleheim
 1989 Red King, White Knight (TV Movie)
 1989 Ghostbusters II
Vigo (voice, uncredited)
 1988 Familjen Schedblad (TV Series)
Chefredaktör Lindström
- Murveln (1988) ... Chefredaktör Lindström
 1987 The Second Victory
Dr. Huber
 1986 Duet for One
Dr. Louis Feldman
 1986 Gösta Berlings saga (TV Mini-Series)
Melchior Sinclaire
- Del 3 (1986) ... Melchior Sinclaire
- Del 2 (1986) ... Melchior Sinclaire
- Del 1 (1986) ... Melchior Sinclaire
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
Frederick (as Max Von Sydow)
 1985 The Repenter
 1985 Code Name: Emerald
Jurgen Brausch
 1985 Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Movie)
Peter Barak (as Max Von Sydow)
 1984 Dune
Doctor Kynes (as Max Von Sydow)
 1984 Le dernier civil (TV Movie)
Gérard Bauerle
 1984 Samson and Delilah (TV Movie)
Sidka (as Max Von Sydow)
 1984 The Ice Pirates (uncredited)
 1983 Never Say Never Again
Blofeld (as Max Von Sydow)
 1983 Strange Brew
Brewmeister Smith (as Max Von Sydow)
 1983 Le cercle des passions
Carlo di Vilalfratti
 1982 Hit Man
Colonel O'Donnell
 1982 Conan the Barbarian
King Osric (as Max Von Sydow)
 1981 Victory
Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans (as Max Von Sydow)
 1980 Flash Gordon
The Emperor Ming (as Max Von Sydow)
 1980 Death Watch
Gerald Mortenhoe (as Max Von Sydow)
 1979 Footloose
Marcello Herrighe
 1979 Hurricane
Dr. Danielsson
 1978 Brass Target
Shelley Martin Webber
 1977 Gran bollito
Lisa Carpi / Carabinieri marshal
 1977 March or Die
Francois Marneau
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Captain Schroeder (as Max Von Sydow)
 1976 The Desert of the Tartars
Captain Ortiz
 1976 The Far Side of Paradise
 1976 Illustrious Corpses
Supreme Court's president
 1975 The Ultimate Warrior
 1975 Three Days of the Condor
G. Joubert (as Max Von Sydow)
 1975 Trompe l'oeil
Matthew Lawrence
 1975 Egg! Egg! A Hardboiled Story
The Father
 1974 Steppenwolf
Harry Haller
 1972 Embassy
 1971 I havsbandet (TV Series)
 1971 The Apple War
Roy Lindberg
 1971 The Touch
Andreas Vergerus
 1971 The Night Visitor
 1969 The Passion of Anna
Andreas Winkelman
 1969 Made in Sweden
Magnus Rud
 1968 Shame
Jan Rosenberg, Evas man
 1968 Black Palm Trees
Gustav Olofsson
 1968 Hour of the Wolf
Johan Borg
 1966 Here Is Your Life
 1966 The Quiller Memorandum
 1966 Hawaii
Rev. Abner Hale
 1965 The Reward
Scott Swenson
 1965 4 x 4
Kvist (segment "Uppehåll i myrlandet")
 1962 The Mistress
The Man
 1962 Wonderful Adventures of Nils
The Father
 1960 Bröllopsdagen
Anders Frost
 1958 The Magician
Albert Emanuel Vogler
 1958 Rabies (TV Movie)
Bo Stensson Svenningson
 1958 Spion 503
Tysk topagent Horst
 1958 Brink of Life
Harry Andersson
 1957 The Minister of Uddarbo
Gustaf Ömark
 1957 Wild Strawberries
Henrik Åkerman
 1957 Mr. Sleeman Is Coming (TV Movie)
 1956 Rätten att älska
 1953 Ingen mans kvinna
 1951 Miss Julie
 1949 Only a Mother
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(4/5/62) Radio: Played "The Stranger" in August Strindberg's play "Brända Tomten" for the Swedish Radio Theatre. See more »

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[on making The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)] Playing Christ, I began to feel shut away from the world. A newspaper became one of my biggest luxuries. I noticed that some of my close friends began treating me with reverence. Playing the role of Christ was like being in a prison. It was the hardest part I've ever had to play in my life. I couldn't smoke or drink in public. I couldn't. The most ... See more »


After not appearing in an Ingmar Bergman film since The Touch (1971), Von Sydow was reunited with the master, playing his grandfather in The Best Intentions (1991). While the film was directed by Bille August, the screenplay was written by Ingmar Bergman. Ironically, despite all the classic work Von Sydow did with Ingmar Bergman such as the Knight in The Seventh Seal (1957), the eponymous role in ... See more »


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