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: 04/10/1929 in Sweden


Actor (117)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)


The Letters: The Epic Life Story of Mother Teresa 2015 (Movie)

Celeste van Exem (Actor)

Branded 2012 (Movie)


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)


Un homme et son chien 2009 (Movie)


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)

World of Film 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


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)


A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

Thor Carlsson (Actor)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


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)


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


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)


Christopher Columbus 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


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)


Never Say Never Again 1983 (Movie)

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Actor)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

Brewmeister Smith (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Circle of Passions 1982 (Movie)

Carlo di Vilafratti (Actor)

Conan the Barbarian 1982 (Movie)

King Osric (Actor)

She Dances Alone 1982 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Flight of the Eagle 1982 (Movie)

SA Andree (Actor)

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)


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)


Game of Thrones (Tv Show)


Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Show)


Hostile Waters (TV Show)


Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Show)


Nuremberg (TV Show)


Red King, White Knight (TV Show)


Samson and Delilah (Movie)

Sidka (Actor)

Solomon (TV Show)



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.


Carl Wilhelm von Sydow

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

Greta von Sydow


Claes Wilhelm von Sydow

Mother, Kerstin Olin

Per Henrik von Sydow

Mother, Kerstin Olin

Catherine Brelet Assistant

Married April 30, 1997 in Provence, France

Christina Olin

Married 1951 Divorced 1979

Cedric Brelet von Sydow Actor

Mother, Catherine Brelet

Yvan von Sydow

Mother, Catherine Brelet


The Cathedral School

Royal Dramatic Theatre

1948 - 1951



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Portrayed a devilish antique store owner in "Needful Things"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Portrayed Ming the Merciless in "Flash Gordon"


Reprised Father Merrin for "Exorcist II: The Heretic"


Made Broadway debut in "The Night of the Tribades"


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


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


Appeared in the documentary film "Ingmar Bergman"


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


Last film with Bergman as director, "The Touch"


Acted in John Huston's "The Kremlin Letter"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Served in Swedish Quartermaster Corps

Worked at the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm under Ingmar Bergman

Bonus Trivia


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


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