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Max von Sydow

Highest Rated:   100% Hamsun (1996)
Lowest Rated:   9% The Ice Pirates (1984)
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Birthplace:   Lund, Skåne län, Sweden
Standing over six feet-four inches tall, the bony Swedish actor Max von Sydow spent much of his acting career portraying stern, oppressive characters. Born to a family of academics in Lund, Sweden, von Sydow studied at the Royal Dramatic School in Stockholm, where he made his screen debut in Only a Mother and married his first wife, actress Christina Olin. In 1956, he moved to Malmö and met director Ingmar Bergman at the Malmo Municipal Theatre. After starring in The Seventh Seal, von Sydow went on to star in more than a dozen films with Bergman, including Wild Strawberries, Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, and Winter Light. He worked almost exclusively with Bergman's acting company until 1965, when he took the role as Jesus in George Stevens' epic The Greatest Story Ever Told. This part opened the door to American films, where he was often typecast in strong, humorless roles, like the rigid missionary Abner Hale in Hawaii. In the '70s, he went back to Sweden to work with Bergman in four more films and appeared opposite frequent co-star Liv Ullmann in Jan Troell's two-part saga The Emigrants and The New Land. It wasn't until 1973 that he made his first big Hollywood blockbuster with the role of Father Merrin The Exorcist, which he reprised in Exorcist II: The Heretic. Moving to Rome in the '80s, von Sydow had a fun role as Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon, played Barbara Hershey's intense artist boyfriend in Hannah and Her Sisters, and received his first Oscar nomination and numerous other awards for his work in Pelle the Conqueror (1988). After making his directorial debut with Katinka, he worked in several theater projects and a couple of biblical TV miniseries (Sampson & Delilah and Quo Vadis). It was during this time that he was cast as the devil in the Stephen King film adaptation Needful Things, marking von Sydow as the only actor to play both God and Satan. He also appeared in Judge Dredd and Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World. He continued acting sporadically in Hollywood for What Dreams May Come and Snow Falling on Cedars. Moving on to the international circuit, he appeared in Intacto (Spain), Vercingetorix (France), and Non ho Sonno (Italy). In 2002, he co-starred with Tom Cruise for the Steven Spielberg blockbuster Minority Report.He continued to work steadily throughout the decade in projects as diverse as Rush Hour 3, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Shutter Island. Coming nearly sixty years after his earliest film work, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close earned the venerable actor his second Oscar nomination - a Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of a mute grandfather.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  • Lor San Tekka
$936.7M 2015
28% The Letters
  • Celeste van Exem
$1.1M 2015
No Score Yet Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures - 2D/3D
  • Actor
2013
66% Solomon Kane
  • Josiah Kane
2012
10% Branded
  • Marketing Guru
$0.4M 2012
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Renter
$31.9M 2012
No Score Yet Hit Man
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Muumi ja punainen pyrstötähti (Moomins and the Comet Chase)
  • Actor
2010
43% Robin Hood
  • Sir Walter Loxley
$105.3M 2010
68% Shutter Island
  • Dr. Naehring
$125.1M 2010
38% Oscar and the Lady in Pink
  • Dr. Dusseldorf
2010
No Score Yet Oscar Et La Dame Rose
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Man and His Dog (Un homme et son chien)
  • Le Commandant
2008
94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Papinou
$5.9M 2007
No Score Yet Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning
  • Jakob Bronski
2007
No Score Yet A Love Story
  • Actor
2007
18% Rush Hour 3
  • Reynard
$140.1M 2007
No Score Yet The Final Inquiry
  • Tiberius
2007
No Score Yet Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King
  • Eyvind
2006
No Score Yet Heidi
  • Uncle Alp
2005
72% Intacto
  • Samuel
$0.2M 2002
90% Minority Report
  • Director Lamar Burgess
$132.1M 2002
No Score Yet Druids (Vercingétorix)
  • Guttuart
2001
50% Non ho sonno (Sleepless)
  • Ulisse Moretti
2001
85% Zentropa
  • Narrator
2001
88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
  • Actor
$38.7M 2000
No Score Yet Nuremberg
  • Samuel Rosenman
2000
40% Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Nels Gudmundsson
1999
82% Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)
  • Jacob
1999
54% What Dreams May Come
  • The Tracker
1998
No Score Yet Solomon
  • David
1997
No Score Yet Hostile Waters
  • Admiral Chernavin
1997
80% Jerusalem
  • Priest
1996
100% Hamsun
  • Knut Hamsun
1996
18% Judge Dredd
  • Judge Fargo
1995
86% Citizen X
  • Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
1995
26% Needful Things
  • Leland Gaunt
1993
100% The Best Intentions
  • Johan Akerblom
1992
No Score Yet Silent Touch
  • Henry Keszdy
1992
No Score Yet Oxen (The Ox)
  • Vicar
1991
31% A Kiss Before Dying
  • Thor Carlsson
1991
No Score Yet East of the Sun, West of the Moon
  • Storyteller
1991
88% Awakenings
  • Dr. Peter Ingham
1990
No Score Yet Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes
  • Father Siemes
1990
No Score Yet The Bachelor
  • Von Schleheim
1990
No Score Yet Red King, White Knight
  • Szaz
1989
86% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren)
  • Lasse Karlsson
1988
93% Salaam Bombay!
  • Krishna/Chaipau
1988
No Score Yet Father
  • Joseph Mueller
1988
No Score Yet Oviri (The Wolf at the Door)
  • August Strindberg
1986
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Frederick
1986
No Score Yet Duet for One
  • Dr. Louis Feldman
1986
No Score Yet Second Victory
  • Dr. Huber
1986
No Score Yet Code Name: Emerald (Deep Cover)
  • Jürgen Brausch
1985
No Score Yet Kojak: The Belarus File
  • Peter Barak
1985
No Score Yet Quo Vadis
  • Actor
1985
57% Dune
  • Dr. Kynes
1984
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
76% Dreamscape
  • Dr. Paul Novotny
1984
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah
  • Sidka
1984
9% The Ice Pirates
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Soldier's Tale
  • Actor
1984
63% Never Say Never Again
  • Ernst Stavros Blofeld
1983
73% Strange Brew
  • Brewmeister Smith
1983
No Score Yet Ingenjör Andrées Luftfärd (The Flight of the Eagle)
  • S. A. Andree
1982
70% Conan the Barbarian
  • King Osric
1982
No Score Yet She Dances Alone
  • Nijinsky
1982
No Score Yet Target Eagle
  • Col. O'Donnell
1982
67% Victory
  • Major Karl von Steiner
1981
82% Flash Gordon
  • The Emperor Ming, Ming's Floating Servant
1980
79% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)
  • Gerald Mortenhoe
1980
50% Hurricane
  • Dr. Danielsson
1979
No Score Yet Brass Target
  • Shelley/Webber
1978
No Score Yet March Or Die
  • Francois Marneau
1977
20% Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • Father Merrin
1977
No Score Yet A Look At Liv
  • Actor
1977
89% Voyage of the Damned
  • Captain Schroeder
1976
No Score Yet Il Deserto dei Tartari (The Desert of the Tartars)
  • Hortiz
1976
No Score Yet Cadavres exquis
  • Supreme Court's president
1976
No Score Yet Foxtrot
  • Larsen
1976
No Score Yet The Ultimate Warrior
  • Baron
1975
86% Three Days of the Condor
  • Joubert
1975
No Score Yet Steppenwolf
  • Harry
1974
86% The Exorcist
  • Father Merrin
1973
No Score Yet The New Land
  • Karl Oskar
1972
56% The Touch
  • Andreas Vergerus
1971
89% The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)
  • Karl Oskar
1971
17% The Night Visitor
  • Salem
1971
100% The Passion of Anna (En Passion)
  • Andreas
1970
No Score Yet The Kremlin Letter
  • Kosnov
1970
73% Skammen (Shame)
  • Jan Rosenberg
1968
88% Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
  • Johan Borg
1968
No Score Yet Här har du ditt liv (Here's Your Life)
  • Smalands-Pelle
1966
75% Hawaii
  • Abner Hale
1966
67% The Quiller Memorandum
  • Oktober
1966
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Jesus
1965
No Score Yet Nils Holgerssons underbara resa (Wonderful Adventures of Nils)
  • Father
1963
80% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light)
  • Jonas Persson
1962
100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
  • Martin
1961
94% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)
  • Herr Tore
1960
100% The Magician (Ansiktet)
  • Albert Emanuel Vogler
1958
No Score Yet Nära Livet (Brink of Life) (So Close to Life)
  • Harry Andersson
1958
95% Wild Strawberries
  • Akerman
1957
92% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
  • Antonius Block
1957
No Score Yet Miss Julie (Fröken Julie)
  • Hand
1952
No Score Yet 4 x 4 (Aufenthalt im Marschland)
  • Actor
No Score Yet Truth & Treason
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Game of Thrones
2011-2016
  • The Three-Eyed Raven Three-Eyed Raven
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2012
71% The Tudors
2007-2010
  • Cardinal Von Waldburg Cardinal von Waldburg
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Voice

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