Max von Sydow, star of films from ‘The Seventh Seal’ to ‘The Exorcist,’ dead at 90
Von Sydow passed away on Sunday, according to representatives at Diamond Management, which said “it is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max.”
He was a well-known figure in both European and American cinema, starring in films from Bergman’s masterpiece “The Seventh Seal” to international blockbusters such as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Born on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Sweden, von Sydow attended the acting school at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre before working in theaters in Norrköping and Malmö.
His star started to rise internationally after working with Bergman on a number of movies, with “The Seventh Seal” (1957) proving a particular catalyst.
This led to roles abroad, including Jesus in “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965) and Father Lankester Merrin in “The Exorcist” (1973).
He was nominated for Oscars for “Pelle the Conqueror” in 1988 and for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” in 2012.
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