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Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow
Photo: Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Birth Date

April 10, 1929


March 8, 2020


Sweden - France

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Sandy Blonde

Eye color



6 ft 4 in | 193 cm


85 kg | 187.5 lbs

Shoe size

12 US | 45 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Max von Sydow was born in Lund, Sweden, on April 10, 1929, was a Swedish-French actor.

Young Max von Sydow first started performing in high school theater productions.

He made his big screen debut in Swedish drama film Only a Mother (1949) in role as Nils.

He got his television debut in film Mr. Sleeman Is Coming (Herr Sleeman kommer) (1957) in role as The Hunter.

Max's breakthrough performance came as Jesus Christ in epic film The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

He landed his directorial debut with Danish-Swedish drama movie Katinka (1988), for which won the Guldbagge Award for Best Director.

Max von Sydow Height and Weight

How tall was Max von Sydow and what was his weight? Max von Sydow's height was 6' 4" іn fееt аnd іnсhеѕ or 193 іn cеntіmеtrеѕ, his weight was 187.5 іn pоunds or 85 іn kіlоgrаmѕ.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Lassefar Karlsson in epic film Pelle the Conqueror (1987).

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as The Renter in drama film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011).

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role as Reverend Abner Hale in epic drama movie Hawaii (1966).

He played Father Lankester Merrin in supernatural horror films:

The Exorcist (1973), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

He won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Knut Hamsun in drama film Hamsun (1996).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role as Szaz in political thriller film Red King, White Knight (1989).

He won the Cartagena Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his role as G. Joubert in political thriller film Three Days of the Condor (1975).

He was nominated for the Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in films:

Flash Gordon (1980) space opera as Ming the Merciless

Minority Report (2002) science fiction action as Director Lamar Burgess

He won the Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his role as Salomon August Andrée in biographical drama film Flight of the Eagle (1982).

He was nominated for the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor for his role as Leland Gaunt in horror film Needful Things (1993).

He starred in 13 films directed by Bergman:

The Seventh Seal (1957) as Antonius Block

Wild Strawberries (1957) as Henrik Åkerman

Mr. Sleeman Is Coming (1957) as The Hunter

Brink of Life (1958) as Harry Andersson

The Magician (1958) as Albert Emanuel Vogler

Rabies (1958) as Bo Stensson Svenningson

The Virgin Spring (1960) as Töre

Through a Glass Darkly (1961) as Martin

Winter Light (1963) as Jonas Persson

Hour of the Wolf (1968) as Johan Borg

Shame (1968) as Jan Rosenberg

The Passion of Anna (1969) as Andreas Winkelman

The Touch (1971) as Andreas Vergerus

He voiced Vigo in supernatural comedy movie Ghostbusters II (1989).

He portrayed Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983).

Conan the Barbarian (1982) action adventure as King Osric

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) comedy drama as Frederick

Shutter Island (2010) neo-noir psychological thriller as Dr Jeremiah Naehring

Robin Hood (2010) action with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett

He played Lor San Tekka in epic space opera film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Best TV Shows

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Three-eyed Raven in HBO fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones (2016).

The Last Place on Earth (1985) drama series as Fridtjof Nansen

Quo Vadis? (1985) drama miniseries as The Apostle Peter

Christopher Columbus (1985) adventure drama miniseries as King John of Portugal

Solomon (1997) RAI miniseries as David

The Tudors (2009) Showtime historical fiction series as Cardinal von Walburg


Attended Lund Cathedral School.

Studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school (1948-1951).

Had German and Scottish ancestry.

Had brother, Axel Ulrik Bertil von Sydow.

He became a citizen of France in 2002.

He was made a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 2005 and was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2012.

He voiced Vigo the Carpathian in video game Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009).

He voiced Esbern in video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011).

He voiced Lor San Tekka in video game Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

He won the Stockholm Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Max von Sydow died on March 8, 2020, Seillans, France, at the age of 90.


He was married to:

Catherine Brelet (1997-2020), he adopted Brelet's two adult sons, Cédric and Yvan

Christina Inga Britta Olin (1951-1979), they had two sons, Clas and Henrik

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