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Max von Sydow

The legendary actor Max von Sydow, who has received innumerable honors from the international film community and has been in films for 60 years, is known for his extraordinary collaboration with the great Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Among the 11 Bergman films in which von Sydow has starred are the classics The Seventh Seal, The Magician, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Hour of the Wolf and Shame, and he appeared in several other Swedish films, including The Emigrants and The New Land.

Von Sydow made his film debut in the Swedish film Only a Mother in 1949 and appeared for the first time in a Hollywood film playing Christ in George Stevens' epic The Greatest Story Ever Told.

He also appeared in such hits as Hawaii, William Friedkin's The Exorcist, John Huston's The Kremlin Letter, Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters and David Lynch's Dune, as well as Pelle the Conquerer (for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award), Death Watch, Voyage of the Damned and many, many others.

More recently, von Sydow was seen in Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and Paul Marcus' Heidi and received worldwide acclaim for his performance as a grieving father in Julian Schnabel's film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He will next be seen in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

He was born in Lund, Sweden and attended the Acting Academy at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm, Sweden from 1948 through 1951, when he appeared on stage in Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. Among his other appearances are Swedish productions of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Jean Anouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors, Moliere's The Mistanthrope, Jean-Paul Sartre's The Condemned of Altona, Ibsen's The Wild Duck, and many others.

He appeared on Broadway in Night of the Tribades and Duet for One, and at London's Old Vic in the role of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest, which he had played in Sweden.

In 1988, he directed the film Katinka, based on Herman Bang's novel Along the Highway.

He currently lives in Paris with his wife, Catherine, a filmmaker.

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Max von Sydow Facts

Birth NameCarl Adolf Von Sydow
BirthdayApril 10, 1929 (92)
BirthplaceLund, Sweden
Height6' 3½" (1m92)  How tall is Max von Sydow compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Citizen X
Rush Hour 3
Minority Report
What Dreams May Come
Shutter Island
The Exorcist
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