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Birth information

10 April 1929 Lund, Skåne län, Sweden

Given Name

Max Carl Adolf von Sydow

How tall is Max von Sydow?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Catherine Brelet
Christina Olin

Life Story of Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ancestry.

When he was in high school, he and a few fellow students, including Yvonne Lombard, started a theatre club which encouraged his interest in acting. After conscription, he began to study at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school (1948-1951), together with Lars Ekborg, Margaretha Krook and Ingrid Thulin. His first role was as Nils the crofter in Alf Sjöberg's Rya Rya nur eine Mutter (1949). After graduation, he worked at the city theatres in Norrköping and Malmö.

His work in the movies by Ingmar Bergman (especially The Seventh Seal (1957), that includes the iconic scenes in which he plays chess with Death) made him well-known internationally, and he started to get offers from abroad. His career abroad began with him playing Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); Hawaii (1966) and The Quiller Memorandum (1966). Since then, his career includes...

Significant features of Max von Sydow

Deep commanding voice
His towering height, sandy hair and thin face
Often plays stern, oppressive characters
His ability to convincingly portray deeply complex emotions with minimal dialogue

Publications and Magazines about Max von Sydow

Elisabeth Sorenson Loppcirkus. Max von Sydow beraettar. 1989

Biographical movies about Max von Sydow

Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow 2006

What movies did Max von Sydow play or participate?

Directors Filmography
Katinka (1988) ,
Actors Filmography
The X-Gene Project Anders Baeklund, Echoes of the Past Nikolas Andreou, The Command (2018) Vladimir Petrenko, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) Lor San Tekka, Game of Thrones (2016) Three-Eyed Raven, Das Ende ist erst der Anfang (2016) Le croque-mort, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Lor San Tekka, The Simpsons (2014) Klaus Ziegler, The Letters (2014) Father Celeste van Exem, Dragons 3D (2013) Dr. Alistair Conis, Branded (2012) Marketing Guru, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close...

Birth information

10 April 1929 Lund, Skåne län, Sweden

Given Name

Max Carl Adolf von Sydow

How tall is Max von Sydow?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Catherine Brelet
Christina Olin

Life Story of Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ancestry.

When he was in high school, he and a few fellow students, including Yvonne Lombard, started a theatre club which encouraged his interest in acting. After conscription, he began to study at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school (1948-1951), together with Lars Ekborg, Margaretha Krook and Ingrid Thulin. His first role was as Nils the crofter in Alf Sjöberg's Rya Rya nur eine Mutter (1949). After graduation, he worked at the city theatres in Norrköping and Malmö.

His work in the movies by Ingmar Bergman (especially The Seventh Seal (1957), that includes the iconic scenes in which he plays chess with Death) made him well-known internationally, and he started to get offers from abroad. His career abroad began with him playing Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); Hawaii (1966) and The Quiller Memorandum (1966). Since then, his career includes...

Significant features of Max von Sydow

Deep commanding voice
His towering height, sandy hair and thin face
Often plays stern, oppressive characters
His ability to convincingly portray deeply complex emotions with minimal dialogue

Publications and Magazines about Max von Sydow

Elisabeth Sorenson Loppcirkus. Max von Sydow beraettar. 1989

Biographical movies about Max von Sydow

Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow 2006

What movies did Max von Sydow play or participate?

Directors Filmography
Katinka (1988) ,
Actors Filmography
The X-Gene Project Anders Baeklund, Echoes of the Past Nikolas Andreou, The Command (2018) Vladimir Petrenko, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) Lor San Tekka, Game of Thrones (2016) Three-Eyed Raven, Das Ende ist erst der Anfang (2016) Le croque-mort, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Lor San Tekka, The Simpsons (2014) Klaus Ziegler, The Letters (2014) Father Celeste van Exem, Dragons 3D (2013) Dr. Alistair Conis, Branded (2012) Marketing Guru, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close...

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Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Åke Fridell, Inga Gill, Inga Landgré, etc.

Has four sons, Clas S. von Sydow and Henrik von Sydow with his first wife; and Cédric and Yvan with his second wife. In 1951, von Sydow married actress Christina Olin with whom he had two sons, Claes and Henrik. His children appeared with him in the film Hawaii (1966), playing his son at different ages. He and Olin divorced on 26 February 1979 then he married French filmmaker Catherine Brelet in April 1997 in the Provence, France. He has two sons, Yvan and Cedric, with his second wife. Cédric has appeared and has worked with him since 1994. Von Sydow lives in Paris, France with his second wife.

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Was offered the title role in the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962), which went to Joseph Wiseman.

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Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

One of his favorite movies is Pelle the Conqueror (1987).

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Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

Has lived in Los Angeles, California, Rome, Italy and Paris, France.

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Max von Sydow and Gunnar Björnstrand in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

Father of Henrik von Sydow and Clas S. von Sydow.

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Max von Sydow in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

Is one of the few actors to have played both God (in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)) and the Devil (in Needful Things (1993)).

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Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, and Nils Poppe in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

Distant relative of Swedish speaker of parliament and ex-minister of defence, 'Björn von Sydow'.

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Max von Sydow in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

Has appeared in two films as a leading villain, in which plots include the use of eye replacement surgery as a means of fooling security eye scanners; as Blofeld in Never Say Never Again (1983) and Lamar Burgess in Minority Report (2002).

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Max von Sydow and Gunnar Björnstrand in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

He appeared in 13 films directed by Ingmar Bergman: The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Mr. Sleeman Is Coming (1957), Brink of Life (1958), The Magician (1958), Rabies (1958), The Virgin Spring (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Shame (1968), The Passion of Anna (1969) and The Touch (1971).

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Max von Sydow and Maud Hansson in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

Was co-head of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1985.

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Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

After not appearing in an Ingmar Bergman film since The Touch (1971), Von Sydow was reunited with the master, playing his grandfather in The Best Intentions (1991). While the film was directed by Bille August, the screenplay was written by Ingmar Bergman. Ironically, despite all the classic work Von Sydow did with Ingmar Bergman such as the Knight in The Seventh Seal (1957), the eponymous role in The Magician (1958), and the father in The Virgin Spring (1960), his first Oscar nomination came under the hand of Bille August, for Pelle the Conqueror (1987).

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Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

Is one of very few actors to be nominated for an Oscar for a role in a foreign language film, for his performance in Pelle the Conqueror (1987).

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Max von Sydow in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

His performance as Lasse Karlsson in Pelle the Conqueror (1987) is ranked #57 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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Fluent in a number of languages, including Swedish, English, French and Italian.

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Max von Sydow in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

In 2002, he received his French citizenship, at which time he had to renounce his Swedish citizenship.

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Most of his ancestry is Swedish. His parents also both had more distant German roots, and his mother had a remote Scottish ancestor.

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Was among the actors in the running for Dr. Hans Fallada in the horror film Lifeforce (1985). Frank Finlay was cast instead.

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Max von Sydow in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

As of 2015, has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Emigrants (1971), The Exorcist (1973), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Awakenings (1990) and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011).

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Max von Sydow in Dune - Der Wüstenplanet (1984)

His second Oscar nomination (Best Supporting Actor for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)) came at age 82, which was the same age as front-runner Christopher Plummer who was competing with him in the category (also in a second nomination). Plummer won the Oscar for Beginners (2010), in a role previously turned down by von Sydow.

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Kyle MacLachlan, Patrick Stewart, and Max von Sydow in Dune - Der Wüstenplanet (1984)

He and his The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) co-stars Donald Pleasence and Telly Savalas all later played the Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Pleasence in You Only Live Twice (1967), Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and von Sydow in Never Say Never Again (1983).

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Kyle MacLachlan, Jürgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Max von Sydow, etc.

Is one of six Swedish actors to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others are Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Ann-Margret, Lena Olin and Alicia Vikander. Max is the only male Swedish actor to be nominated for an Oscar.

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Max von Sydow in Das siebente Siegel (1957)

In his career, he has played Jesus, Satan, and was also the title character in the horror film The Exorcist (1973).

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He was considered for the role of William Fawcett Robinson in Somewhere in Time (1980) before Christopher Plummer was cast.

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Father of Yvan and Cédric Brelet Von Sydow.

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Max von Sydow and Gösta Ekman in Ägget är löst! En hårdkokt saga (197

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Max von Sydow, Birgitta Andersson, and Martin Ljung in Apfelkrieg (1971)

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Max von Sydow and Lothaire Bluteau in Der Klang der Stille (1992)

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Helmut Berger and Max von Sydow in Codename: Emerald (1985)

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Max von Sydow in Marschier oder stirb (1977)

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Gene Hackman, Terence Hill, and Max von Sydow in Marschier oder stirb (1977)

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Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, etc.

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Max von Sydow in Shutter Island (2010)

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Max von Sydow in New York antwortet nicht mehr (1975)

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Yul Brynner and Max von Sydow in New York antwortet nicht mehr (1975)

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Max von Sydow in Dreamscape (1984)

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Max von Sydow in Dreamscape (1984)

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Max von Sydow in Dreamscape (1984)

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Max von Sydow in Perfekte Rache (1971)

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