R.I.P. Max von Sydow, Screen Legend Dies at 90

Rest in peace, legendary actor Max von Sydow.

The hugely-acclaimed and beloved actor, known for many films such as The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal, and Flash Gordon, has died at age 90. He passed away in his home in France.

“It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow, on March 8, 2020,” read a statement by his widow, Catherine von Sydow.

Von Sydow was born to a middle-class family in Sweden in 1929. After studying at the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s acting school in Stockholm, he would go on to have a few small parts before working with acclaimed filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, who would catapult his career by casting him as knight playing chess against Death in The Seventh Seal.

The actor crafted an illustrious body of work. In the industry for 65 years and stacking up over 160 credits (as per his IMDb), he collaborated with filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and David Lynch.

Among his many standout credits:  Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist (1973); Emperor Ming in Flash Gordon (1980); villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983); Lassefar in Pelle the Conqueror (1987), which earned him his first Oscar nomination; Dr. Peter Ingham in Awakenings (1990); Lamar Burgess in Minority Report (2002); and The Renter in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), his second Oscar nom; Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015); and the Three-Eyed Raven in hit HBO series Game of Thrones (2016).

Vale and Rest in Peace, sir. You will be missed.


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