Max von Sydow (1929–2020)

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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 was 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 partial German ancestry. When he was in high school, he and a few fellow ... See full bio »


(age 90) in Seillans, Var, France

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Known For

Flash Gordon The Emperor Ming
The Seventh Seal Antonius Block
Minority Report Director Lamar Burgess


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 2021 Echoes of the Past
Nikolas Andreou (aged)
 2018 The Command
Vladimir Petrenko
 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)
 2014/II The Letters
Father Celeste van Exem
 2013 Dragons 3D (Short)
Dr. Alistair Conis
 2012 Branded
Marketing Guru
 2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Video Game)
Esbern (voice)
 2010 The Last Norwegian Troll (Short)
The Last Norwegian Troll (voice)
 2010 Moomins and the Comet Chase
Narrator (voice)
 2010 Robin Hood
Sir Walter Loxley
 2010 Shutter Island
Dr. Naehring
 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)
 2009 The Tudors (TV Series)
Cardinal Von Waldburg
- Search for a New Queen (2009) ... Cardinal Von Waldburg
- Problems in the Reformation (2009) ... Cardinal Von Waldburg
- The Northern Uprising (2009) ... Cardinal Von Waldburg
- Civil Unrest (2009) ... Cardinal Von Waldburg
 2008 A Man and His Dog
Le commandant
 2007 Emotional Arithmetic
Jakob Bronski
 2007 Rush Hour 3
 2006 The Final Inquiry
 2005/I Heidi
Uncle Alp
 2004 Sword of Xanten (TV Movie)
 2004 Night of the Living Dorks
Taufvater Merrin (uncredited)
 2004 Hidden Children (TV Movie)
 2002 Minority Report
Director Lamar Burgess
 2001 Intacto
 2001 Druids
 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 What Dreams May Come
The Tracker
 1998 Professione fantasma (TV Series)
Psicanalista dell'Aldilà
- Un'amica molto speciale (1998) ... Psicanalista dell'Aldilà
- Passi pericolosi (1998) ... Psicanalista dell'Aldilà
- Un vero signore (1998) ... Psicanalista dell'Aldilà
- Ricatti e misteri (1998) ... Psicanalista dell'Aldilà
- Suicidio assicurato (1998) ... Psicanalista dell'Aldilà
 1997 Solomon (TV Mini Series)
 1997 The Princess and the Pauper (TV Movie)
 1997 En frusen dröm (Documentary)
S.A. Andrée (voice)
 1997 Screen One (TV Series)
Admiral Chernavin
- Hostile Waters (1997) ... Admiral Chernavin
 1996 Truck Stop
 1996 Private Confessions (TV Movie)
 1996 Samson and Delilah (TV Mini Series)
Narratore (voice, uncredited)
 1996 Jerusalem
 1996 Hamsun
Knut Hamsun
 1995 Lumière and Company (Documentary)
Jacob (segment "Liv Ullman") (uncredited)
 1995 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (TV Series)
Sigmund Freud
- The Perils of Cupid (1995) ... Sigmund Freud
 1995 Depth Solitude (Short)
Narrator (English Version) (voice)
 1995 Judge Dredd
Judge Fargo
 1995 Citizen X (TV Movie)
Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
 1995 Atlanten (Documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 1994 Onkel Vanja (TV Movie)
 1994 Radetzkymarsch (TV Mini Series)
Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Baron Franz von Trotta und Cipolje
 1994 A che punto è la notte (TV Movie)
Arcivescovo di Torino
 1994 Time Is Money
Joe Kaufman
 1993 Needful Things
Leland Gaunt (as Max Von Sydow)
 1993 Morfars resa
Simon S.L. Fromm
 1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
Sigmund Freud
- Vienna, November 1908 (1993) ... Sigmund Freud
 1993 Och ge oss skuggorna (TV Movie)
Eugene O'Neill
 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 The Ox
 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 Cellini: A Violent Life
Pope Clement VII
 1990 The Bachelor
Von Schleheim
 1989 Carl Jung: Wisdom of the Dream (TV Mini Series documentary)
Carl Jung (voice)
 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 Pelle the Conqueror
 1987 The Second Victory
Dr. Huber
 1986 Duet for One
Dr. Louis Feldman
 1986 Oviri
August Strindberg
 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 Last Place on Earth (TV Mini Series)
Fridtjof Nansen
- Rejoice (1985) ... Fridtjof Nansen
- Poles Apart (1985) ... Fridtjof Nansen
- Minor Diversions (1985) ... Fridtjof Nansen
 1985 The Repenter
 1985 Code Name: Emerald
Jurgen Brausch
 1985 Christopher Columbus (TV Mini Series)
King John of Portugal
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... King John of Portugal
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... King John of Portugal
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... King John of Portugal
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... King John of Portugal
 1985 Quo Vadis? (TV Mini Series)
The Apostle Peter
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... The Apostle Peter
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... The Apostle Peter
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... The Apostle Peter
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... The Apostle Peter
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... The Apostle Peter (credit only)
 1985 Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Movie)
Peter Barak (as Max Von Sydow)
 1985 Le dernier civil (TV Series)
Gaspard Bauerle
- Part 2 (1985) ... Gaspard Bauerle
- Part 1 (1985) ... Gaspard Bauerle
 1984 Dune
Doctor Kynes (as Max Von Sydow)
 1984 Dreamscape
Doctor Paul Novotny
 1984 The Soldier's Tale
The Devil (voice)
 1984 Samson and Delilah (TV Movie)
Sidka (as Max Von Sydow)
 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 Target Eagle
Coronel O'Donnell
 1982 The Flight of the Eagle
S.A. Andrée
 1982 Conan the Barbarian
King Osric (as Max Von Sydow)
 1981 Victory
The Germans - Major Karl Von Steiner (as Max Von Sydow)
 1981 She Dances Alone
Nijinsky (voice)
 1980 Flash Gordon
The Emperor Ming (as Max Von Sydow)
 1980 Death Watch
Gerald Mortenhoe (as Max Von Sydow)
 1979 Venetian Lies
Marcello Herrighe
 1979 Hurricane
Dr. Danielsson
 1978 Brass Target
Shelley Martin Webber
 1977 Black Journal
Lisa Carpi / Carabinieri Marshal
 1977 March or Die
Francois Marneau
 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic
Father Merrin
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Captain Schroeder (as Max Von Sydow)
 1976 The Desert of the Tartars
Captain Ortiz
 1976 Foxtrot
 1976 Illustrious Corpses
Supreme Court's President
 1976 Dog's Heart
Professor Filipp Filippovich Preobrazenski
 1975 The Ultimate Warrior
 1975 Three Days of the Condor
Joubert (as Max Von Sydow)
 1975 Trompe l'oeil
Matthew Lawrence
 1975 Egg! Egg! A Hardboiled Story
The Father
 1974 Steppenwolf
Harry Haller
 1973 The Exorcist
Father Merrin
 1973 Kvartetten som sprängdes (TV Mini Series)
Engineer Planertz
- Lyckligt slut (1973) ... Engineer Planertz
- Falska stjärnor (1973) ... Engineer Planertz
- Nya tag! (1973) ... Engineer Planertz
- Kärlek och solsken (1973) ... Engineer Planertz
 1972 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
 1972 Embassy
 1972 The New Land
Karl Oskar
 1971 I havsbandet (TV Mini Series)
 1971 The Apple War
Roy Lindberg
 1971 The Touch
Andreas Vergerus
 1971 The Emigrants
Karl Oskar
 1971 The Night Visitor
 1970 The Kremlin Letter
Colonel Kosnov
 1969 The Passion of Anna
Andreas Winkelman / Self
 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
 1967 The Diary of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Otto Frank
 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")
 1965 Interlude in the Marshland (Short)
Alex Kvist
 1963 Winter Light
Jonas Persson
 1962 The Swedish Mistress
The Man
 1962 Wonderful Adventures of Nils
The Father
 1961 Through a Glass Darkly
Martin - Karin's husband
 1960 Bröllopsdagen
Anders Frost
 1960 The Virgin Spring
 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)
 1957 The Seventh Seal
Antonius Block
 1956 Rätten att älska
 1953 Ingen mans kvinna
 1951 Miss Julie
 1949 Only a Mother
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Victor") in Federico García Lorca's play, "Yerma", which premiered on 8 September at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Alternate Names:

Max Von Sydow


6' 4" (1.93 m)


Catherine Brelet  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


Clas S. von Sydow | See more »


Maria Margareta Rappe | Carl Wilhelm von Sydow

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I have been brought up as a stage actor and there is where I feel at home, but I still feel that the cinema has one great advantage over the theater. Namely, proximity to the audience. Of course in a film an actor always has only himself as an audience while on a stage he can achieve a result along with his audience. However, when you stand on a stage, you can never work with your face in the ... See more »


His second Oscar nomination (Best Supporting Actor for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)) came at age 82, which was the same age as front-runner Christopher Plummer who was competing with him in the category (also in a second nomination). Plummer won the Oscar for Beginners (2010), in a role previously turned down by von Sydow. See more »


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

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