Max von Sydow

Actor, Director
After his training at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre School, actor Max von Sydow became recognized as his native Sweden's foremost film star, thanks to his long-running collaboration with acclaimed director Ingmar ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1929 in Sweden

Filmography

Actor (117)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Simpsons 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Branded 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Solomon Kane 2012 (Movie)

Josiah Kane (Actor)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

The Renter (Actor)

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

Sir Walter Loxley (Actor)

Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Jeremiah Naehring (Actor)

Oscar et la Dame Rose 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Tudors 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Un homme et son chien 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Emotional Arithmetic 2007 (Movie)

Jakob Bronski (Actor)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

Jules Reynard (Actor)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

Papinou (Actor)

The Final Inquiry 2007 (Movie)

Tiberius (Actor)

Heidi 2004 (Movie)

Uncle Alp (Actor)

Intacto 2002 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

Director Lamar Burgess (Actor)

Sleepless 2001 (Movie)

Ulisse Moretti (Actor)

Vercingetorix 2001 (Movie)

Guttuart (Actor)

Private Confessions 1999 (Movie)

Jacob (Actor)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Nels Gudmundsson (Actor)

Their Frozen Dream 1998 (Movie)

of August Andrie (Voice)

What Dreams May Come 1998 (Movie)

The Tracker (Actor)

Hamsun 1997 (Movie)

Knut Hamsun (Actor)

Jerusalem 1997 (Movie)

The Vicar (Actor)

Judge Dredd 1995 (Movie)

Judge Fargo (Actor)

Atlanten 1994 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Needful Things 1993 (Movie)

Leland Gaunt (Actor)

Radetzky March 1993 (Movie)

Franz von Trotta (Actor)

The Silent Touch 1993 (Movie)

Henry Kesdi (Actor)

Time Is Money 1993 (Movie)

Joseph Kaufman (Actor)

Father 1992 (Movie)

Joseph Meuller (Actor)

The Bachelor 1992 (Movie)

Von Schleheim (Actor)

The Best Intentions 1992 (Movie)

Johan Akerblom--Anna's Father (Actor)

The Ox 1992 (Movie)

The Vicar (Actor)

Zentropa 1992 (Movie)

(Narrator)

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

Thor Carlsson (Actor)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

Henry Farber (Actor)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

Dr Peter Ingham (Actor)

Una Vita Scellerata 1990 (Movie)

Pope Clement VII (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Pelle the Conqueror 1988 (Movie)

Pappa Lasse (Actor)

Quo Vadis 1987 (Movie)

Apostle Peter (Actor)

The Wolf at the Door 1987 (Movie)

August Strindberg (Actor)

Duet For One 1986 (Movie)

Dr Louis Feldman (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Frederick (Actor)

The Last Place on Earth 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Columbus 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Code Name: Emerald 1985 (Movie)

Jurgen Brausch (Actor)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Second Victory 1985 (Movie)

Dr Huber (Actor)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

Dr Paul Novotny (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Doctor Kynes (Actor)

Il Pentito 1984 (Movie)

Spinola (Actor)

Samson and Delilah 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Say Never Again 1983 (Movie)

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Actor)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

Brewmeister Smith (Actor)

Circle of Passions 1982 (Movie)

Carlo di Vilafratti (Actor)

Conan the Barbarian 1982 (Movie)

King Osric (Actor)

Ingenjor Andrees Luftfard 1982 (Movie)

SA Andree (Actor)

She Dances Alone 1982 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Target Eagle 1981 (Movie)

Colonel O'Donnell (Actor)

Victory 1981 (Movie)

Major Karl von Steiner (Actor)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

Gerald Mortenhoe (Actor)

Flash Gordon 1980 (Movie)

Emperor Ming (Actor)

Hurricane 1979 (Movie)

Dr Bascomb (Actor)

Brass Target 1978 (Movie)

"Shelley"--Webber (Actor)

Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 (Movie)

Father Merrin (Actor)

March Or Die 1977 (Movie)

Francois Marneau (Actor)

Cadaveri Eccellenti 1976 (Movie)

Chief Magistrate Riches (Actor)

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

Captain Gustav Schroeder (Actor)

Le Desert des tartares 1975 (Movie)

Captain Hortiz (Actor)

Three Days of the Condor 1975 (Movie)

Joubert (Actor)

Aegget ar Lost 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cuore Di Cane 1974 (Movie)

Professor Preobrazenskij (Actor)

Foxtrot 1974 (Movie)

Larsen (Actor)

The Ultimate Warrior 1974 (Movie)

The Baron (Actor)

Trompe L'oeil 1974 (Movie)

Matthew Lawrence (Actor)

Embassy 1973 (Movie)

Gorenko (Actor)

Steppenwolf 1973 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

Father Merrin (Actor)

Nybyggarna 1972 (Movie)

Karl-Oscar Nilsson (Actor)

Appelkriget 1971 (Movie)

Roy Lindberg (Actor)

Ingmar Bergman 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Emigrants 1971 (Movie)

Karl Oskar (Actor)

Beroringen 1970 (Movie)

Andreas Vergerus (Actor)

The Kremlin Letter 1970 (Movie)

Colonel Vladimir Kosnov (Actor)

The Night Visitor 1970 (Movie)

Salem (Actor)

Hour of the Wolf 1968 (Movie)

Johan Borg--Konstnar (Actor)

Shame 1968 (Movie)

Jan Rosenberg (Actor)

Made in Sweden 1967 (Movie)

Magnus Rud (Actor)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Abner Hale (Actor)

The Quiller Memorandum 1966 (Movie)

Oktober (Actor)

Har Har Du Ditt Liv 1965 (Movie)

Smalands-Pelle (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Jesus (Actor)

The Reward 1964 (Movie)

Scott Swanson (Actor)

Winter Light 1962 (Movie)

Jonas Persson (Actor)

Through A Glass Darkly 1961 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Brink of Life 1959 (Movie)

Harry Andersson (Actor)

The Virgin Spring 1959 (Movie)

Herr Tore (Actor)

The Magician 1958 (Movie)

Albert Emanuel Vogler--the Mesmerist (Actor)

The Seventh Seal 1957 (Movie)

Antonius Block--the Knight (Actor)

Wild Strawberries 1957 (Movie)

Henrik Akerman (Actor)

Citizen X (TV Show)

Actor

Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Show)

Actor

Hostile Waters (TV Show)

Actor

Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Show)

Actor

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor

Red King, White Knight (TV Show)

Actor

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

Sidka (Actor)

Solomon (TV Show)

Actor

World of Film (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After his training at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre School, actor Max von Sydow became recognized as his native Sweden's foremost film star, thanks to his long-running collaboration with acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman. Both von Sydow and Bergman triumphantly emerged onto the international film scene with "The Seventh Seal" (1957), an existential meditation on death that was long after considered to be one of the greatest foreign films ever made. The actor and director continued their collaboration for the next several years, churning out complicated and often surreal films like "The Magician" (1958) and "The Virgin Spring" (1960) that earned international accolades and awards. When von Sydow crossed the Atlantic to appear in Hollywood films, however, he was initially consigned to playing stern, unsympathetic characters. He finally had a breakthrough playing the titular role in "The Exorcist" (1973), playing the immortal Father Merrin in a film that forever cemented von Sydow into cinema history. Ever since then, he was able to branch out and explore a variety of compelling roles, which culminated in an Academy Award nomination for his performance in "Pelle the Conqueror" (1988), which only confirmed the notion of von Sydow being Sweden's modern-day Laurence Olivier.

Relationships

Carl Wilhelm von Sydow

Father
Professor of ethnology, Irish, Scandinavian and comparative folklore at the University of Lund

Greta von Sydow

Mother

Claes Wilhelm von Sydow

Son
Mother, Kerstin Olin

Per Henrik von Sydow

Son
Mother, Kerstin Olin

Catherine Brelet Assistant

Wife
Married April 30, 1997 in Provence, France

Christina Olin

Wife
Married 1951 Divorced 1979

Cedric Brelet von Sydow Other

Son
Mother, Catherine Brelet

Yvan von Sydow

Son
Mother, Catherine Brelet

EDUCATION

The Cathedral School

Royal Dramatic Theatre

1948 - 1951

Milestones

2011

Cast opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in the 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

2010

Cast as Sir Walter Loxley opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"

2010

Played a physician at a hospital for the criminally insane in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"

2009

Joined the cast of "The Tudors" (Showtime) for the third season, playing Cardinal Von Waldburg

2007

Played a French ambassador in the action comedy sequel "Rush Hour 3"

2003

Played the mentor character Eyvind in the German-made sword-and-sorcery epic "Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King"

2002

Cast as the corrupt director of the futuristic pre-crime unit in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller "Minority Report"

1999

Acted in Scott Hicks' "Snow Falling on Cedars," playing a defense attorney for a Japanese-American man on trial for the murder of his close friend

1998

Guided a distraught man (Robin Williams) across the River Styx in "What Dreams May Come"

1997

Acted the role of an aging priest and mentor in Liv Ullman's "Private Confessions"; written by Ingmar Bergman

1996

Appeared in the based-on-real-life serial killer drama "Citizen X" (HBO)

1995

Re-teamed with Stallone as Judge Fargo in "Judge Dredd"

1993

Portrayed a devilish antique store owner in "Needful Things"

1992

Played a priest in "The Ox"; directed by Bergman’s long-time cinematographer Sven Nykvist

1992

Re-teamed with Bille August for "Best Intentions"; scripted by Bergman

1990

Starred as Father Siemes in the NBC movie "Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes"

1988

Made feature directing and screenwriting debut with "Katinka"; shot by Bergman's cameraman Sven Nykvist

1988

Played a humble old Swedish widower struggling for survival alongside his son in Bille August's "Pelle the Conqueror"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor

1986

Delivered an excellent turn as Barbara Hershey's artist-lover in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"

1983

Appeared as the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again"

1982

Starred in Troell's "The Flight of the Eagle," about a foolhearty but heroic real-life balloon expedition to the North Pole

1981

Played the commander of a German prisoner of war camp in "Victory," co-starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine

1980

Portrayed Ming the Merciless in "Flash Gordon"

1977

Reprised Father Merrin for "Exorcist II: The Heretic"

1977

Made Broadway debut in "The Night of the Tribades"

1975

Played Alsatian hit-man Joubert in Sydney Pollack's "Three Days of the Condor"

1973

Battled the Devil as Father Merrin in William Friedkin's "The Exorcist"

1972

Appeared in the documentary film "Ingmar Bergman"

1970

Co-starred with Ullmann in Jan Troell's two-part "The Emigrants" (1971) and "The New Land" (1972)

1970

Last film with Bergman as director, "The Touch"

1969

Acted in John Huston's "The Kremlin Letter"

1968

First film with Liv Ullmann, Bergman's "Shame"

1967

Made U.S. TV debut as Otto Frank in an adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" (ABC)

1966

Portrayed a knuckle-cracking Nazi in "The Quiller Memorandum"

1966

First film with director Jan Troell, "Here Is Your Life"

1965

First U.S. film, playing Jesus in George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

1960

Starred in Bergman's "The Virgin Spring" as a distraught father who avenges the murder of his daughter

1958

Played the title role in Bergman's "The Magician"

1956

First film for director Ingmar Bergman, "The Seventh Seal"

1955

Brought to Malmo Stadsteater by Bergman, who was the chief director of the municipal theater in Malmo

1949

Made feature acting debut in "Bara en Mora/Only a Mother"

1947

Served in Swedish Quartermaster Corps

Worked at the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm under Ingmar Bergman

Bonus Trivia

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Von Sydow received the Royal Foundation of Sweden's Cultural Award in 1954.

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"I stayed with the National [Royal Dramatic Theatre] in Stockholm until the mid-70s, and then suddenly I started working in films only. For 14 years I was away. It was too long a time. With this perspective, I regret it. I didn't plan to stay away. Sometimes you forget about time, so you think that that's something you can do later. And you realize that, boy, if you want to do it you better do it now, because later might be gone quicker than you think." – von Sydow to The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 27, 1993

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