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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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Shutter Island
Shutter Island Dr. Naehring
(2010)
Minority Report
Minority Report Director Lamar Burgess
(2002)
The Exorcist
The Exorcist Father Merrin
(1973)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(2015)

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 2016 Les premiers les derniers
Le croque-mort
 2010 Muumi ja punainen pyrstötähti
Narrator (French version, 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
 2008 Un homme et son chien
Le commandant
 2005/I Heidi
Uncle Alp
 2001 Intacto
Samuel
 2001 The Gaul
Guttuart
 2001 Sleepless
Moretti
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars
Nels Gudmundsson (as Max Von Sydow)
 1996 Truck Stop
 1996 Jerusalem
Vicar
 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 Oxen
Vicar
 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 The Bachelor
Von Schleheim
 1989 Ghostbusters II
Vigo (voice, uncredited)
 1987 The Second Victory
Dr. Huber
 1986 Duet for One
Dr. Louis Feldman
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
Frederick (as Max Von Sydow)
 1985 Il pentito
Spinola
 1985 Code Name: Emerald
Jurgen Brausch
 1984 Dune
Doctor Kynes (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
Coronel 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 Bugie bianche
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 Il deserto dei tartari
Captain Ortiz
 1976 Foxtrot
Larsen
 1976 Cadaveri eccellenti
Supreme Court's president
 1975 The Ultimate Warrior
Baron
 1975 Three Days of the Condor
G. Joubert (as Max Von Sydow)
 1975 Trompe l'oeil
Matthew Lawrence
 1974 Steppenwolf
Harry Haller
 1972 Embassy
Gorenko
 1971 The Apple War
Roy Lindberg
 1971 The Touch
Andreas Vergerus
 1971 The Night Visitor
Salem
 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
Smålands-Pelle
 1966 The Quiller Memorandum
Oktober
 1966 Hawaii
Rev. Abner Hale
 1965 The Reward
Scott Swenson
 1965 4 x 4
Kvist (segment "Uppehåll i myrlandet")
 1962 Älskarinnan
The Man
 1960 Bröllopsdagen
Anders Frost
 1958 The Magician
Albert Emanuel Vogler
 1958 Spion 503
Tysk topagent Horst
 1958 Brink of Life
Harry Andersson
 1957 Prästen i Uddarbo
Gustaf Ömark
 1957 Wild Strawberries
Henrik Åkerman
 1956 Rätten att älska
Bergman
 1953 Ingen mans kvinna
Olof
 1951 Miss Julie
Hand
 1949 Bara en mor
Nils
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Other Works:

Swedish dubbing for Hercules (1997). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 6 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Max Von Sydow

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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 »

Trivia:

One of his favorite movies is Pelle the Conqueror (1987). See more »

Trademark:

His towering height, sandy hair and thin face See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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