Max von Sydow

Place of birth:
Lund, Skåne län, Sweden:
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).


Kursk (2018)
as Admiral Vladimir Petrenko
Les Premiers, les Derniers (2016)
as Le croque-mort
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
as Lor San Tekka
The Letters (2015)
as Celeste van Exem
Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures (2013)
as Dr. Alistair Conis
Branded (2012)
as Marketing Guru
Max Von Sydow: Dialogues with The Renter (2012)
as Himself
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
as The Renter
Det siste norske trollet (2010)
as The Last Norweigian Troll (voice)
Robin Hood (2010)
as Sir Walter Loxley
Shutter Island (2010)
as Dr. Jeremiah Naehring
The Wolfman (2010)
as Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Behind the Moomins (2010)
as Narrator
Oscar et la dame rose (2009)
as Le docteur Dusseldorf
Solomon Kane (2009)
as Josiah Kane
Un homme et son chien (2009)
as Le commandant
Emotional Arithmetic (2008)
as Jakob Bronski
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
as Varden Reynard
Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
as Papinou
L'inchiesta (2006)
as Tiberius
Heidi (2005)
as Uncle Alp
Ring of the Nibelungs (2004)
as Eyvind
La fuga degli innocenti (2004)
as Valobra
Minority Report (2002)
as Director Lamar Burgess
Intacto (2001)
as Samuel
Vercingétorix : La Légende du druide roi (2001)
as Guttuart
Non ho sonno (2001)
as Moretti
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid (2000)
as Freud
Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' (2000)
as Himself
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
as Nels Gudmundsson
What Dreams May Come (1998)
as The Tracker
The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist (1998)
as Himself - 'Fr. Merrin'
Solomon (1997)
as Davide
Hostile Waters (1997)
as Admiral Chernavin
En frusen dröm (1997)
as S.A. Andrée (voice)
La principessa e il povero (1997)
as Epos
Enskilda samtal (1996)
as Jacob
Samson and Delilah (1996)
as Narratore (voice) (uncredited)
Jerusalem (1996)
as Vicar
Hamsun (1996)
as Knut Hamsun
Captured - Meet Robert A. Robinson Photographer (1995)
as Narrator
Judge Dredd (1995)
as Chief Justice Fargo
Atlanten (1995)
as Narrator (voice)
Citizen X (1995)
as Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
Dypets ensomhet (1995)
as Narrator
Onkel Vanja (1994)
as The professor
Time is Money (1994)
as Joe Kaufman
A che punto è la notte (1994)
as Arcivescovo di Torino
Needful Things (1993)
as Leland Gaunt
Morfars resa (1993)
as Simon S.L. Fromm
Dotkniecie reki (1992)
as Henry Kesdi
Den goda viljan (1992)
as Johan Åkerblom
Oxen (1991)
as Vicar
Bis ans Ende der Welt (1991)
as Henry Farber
Europa (1991)
as Narrator (voice)
A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
as Thor Carlsson
Awakenings (1990)
as Peter Ingham
Father (1990)
as Joe Mueller
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)
as Father Siemes
Una vita scellerata (1990)
as Papa Clemente VII
Mio caro dottor Gräsler (1990)
as Von Schleheim
Red King, White Knight (1989)
as Szaz
Ghostbusters II (1989)
as Vigo (voice) (uncredited)
Foreign Filmmakers in Hollywood (1989)
Pelle Erobreren (1987)
as Lassefar
The Second Victory (1987)
as Dr. Huber
Duet for One (1986)
as Dr. Louis Feldman
Oviri (1986)
as August Strindberg
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
as Frederick
Il Pentito (1985)
as Spinola
Code Name: Emerald (1985)
as Jürgen Brausch
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1985)
as Self
Kojak: The Belarus File (1985)
as Peter Barak
Dune (1984)
as Doctor Kynes
Le dernier civil (1984)
as Gérard Bauerle
Dreamscape (1984)
as Doctor Paul Novotny
Samson and Delilah (1984)
as Sidka
The Ice Pirates (1984)
as (uncredited)
The Soldiers's Tale (1984)
as The devil
Never Say Never Again (1983)
as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Strange Brew (1983)
as Brewmeister Smith
Le cercle des passions (1983)
as Carlo di Vilalfratti
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston (1983)
as Self
Jugando con la muerte (1982)
as Coronel O'Donnell
Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd (1982)
as Salomon August Andrée
The Cinema of Carl Th. Dreyer (1982)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
as King Osric
She Dances Alone (1981)
as Nijinsky's voice
Escape to Victory (1981)
as Major Karl von Steiner
Flash Gordon (1980)
as The Emperor Ming
La Mort en direct (1980)
as Gerald Mortenhoe
Bugie bianche (1979)
as Marcello Herrighe
Hurricane (1979)
as Dr. Bascomb
Brass Target (1978)
as Shelley Martin Webber
March or Die (1977)
as François Marneau
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
as Father Lancaster Merrin
Gran bollito (1977)
as Lisa Carpi / Carabinieri Marshal
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
as Captain Schroeder
Il deserto dei Tartari (1976)
as Cap. Ortiz
Foxtrot (1976)
as Larsen
Cadaveri eccellenti (1976)
as Supreme Court President
Cuore di cane (1976)
as Professor Filipp Filippovich Preobrazenski
The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
as Baron
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
as G. Joubert
Trompe l'oeil (1975)
as Matthew Lawrence
Ägget är löst! (1975)
as The Father
Steppenwolf (1974)
as Harry Haller
The Exorcist (1973)
as Father Lankester Merrin
Ingmar Bergman (1972)
as Himself
Embassy (1972)
as Gorenko
Nybyggarna (1972)
as Karl-Oskar
Äppelkriget (1971)
as Roy Lindberg
Beröringen (1971)
as Andreas Vergerus
Utvandrarna (1971)
as Karl Oskar
The Night Visitor (1971)
as Salem
The Kremlin Letter (1970)
as Colonel Kosnov
En passion (1969)
as Andreas Winkelman
Made in Sweden (1969)
as Magnus Rud
Skammen (1968)
as Jan Rosenberg
Svarta palmkronor (1968)
as Gustav Olofsson
An Introduction to Ingmar Bergman (1968)
as Interviewee
Vargtimmen (1968)
as Johan Borg
The Diary of Anne Frank (1967)
as Otto Frank
Här har du ditt liv (1966)
as Smålands-Pelle
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
as Oktober
Hawaii (1966)
as Rev. Abner Hale
The Reward (1965)
as Scott Swenson
4 x 4 (1965)
as Kvist
Uppehåll i myrlandet (1965)
as Alex Kvist
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
as Jesus
Nattvardsgästerna (1963)
as Jonas Persson
Nils Holgerssons underbara resa (1962)
as The Father
Älskarinnan (1962)
as The Man
Såsom i en spegel (1961)
as Martin
Bröllopsdagen (1960)
as Anders Frost
Jungfrukällan (1960)
as Töre
Ansiktet (1958)
as Albert Emanuel Vogler
Rabies (1958)
as Bo Stensson Svenningson
Spion 503 (1958)
as Horst, Gestapo-mand
Nära livet (1958)
as Harry Andersson, Stinas man
Smultronstället (1957)
as Henrik Åkerman
Herr Sleeman kommer (1957)
as The hunter
Det sjunde inseglet (1957)
as Antonius Block
Rätten att älska (1956)
as Bergman
Fröken Julie (1951)
as Groom
Bara en mor (1949)
as Nils
Ved Vejen
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