|Max von Sydow Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||April 10, 1929|
|Date of Death||March 8, 2020|
Max von Sydow was a Swedish-French actor, who has had several roles in American and European films. He acted in films in different languages like Norwegian, French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish.
He was a ‘Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres,’ held the ‘Royal foundation award’ from Sweden’s Cultural Award in 1954 and was the 2012 ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.’ Some of the roles he had played in TV and film included The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly, The Emigrants, The Exorcist, Three Days of the Condor, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Three-eyed Raven, a role that won him a nomination in the Primetime Emmy Award.
Carl Adolf von Sydow
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow was born on April 10, 1929.
Max died at the age of 90 on March 8, 2020, in his home in Seillans, Var, France.
Lund, Skane, Sweden
Max von Sydow attended Lund Cathedral School and the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten) in Stockholm.
Actor, Voice Actor, Director
- Father – Carl Wilhelm von Sydow (Ethnologist and Professor)
- Mother – Maria Margareta “Greta”, Baroness Rappe (School Teacher)
- Siblings – Axel Ulrik Bertil von Sydow (Older Half-Brother) (1907-1972)
- Others – Cedric Brelet Van Sydow (Nephew)
Max von Sydow was managed by Diamond Management (Talent Agency), London, United Kingdom.
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Max von Sydow had dated –
- Christina Inga Britta Olin (1951-1979) – Mark and Christina Inga Britta Olin got married on August 1, 1951. They have had 2 children together, sons Claes and Henrik. They got divorced on February 26, 1979.
- Catherine Brelet (1997-2020) Max and Catherine got married in 1997. They have had 2 children together, Cédric and Yvan. The relationship ended unexpectedly with Max’s death in 2020.
Race / Ethnicity
He had German and Scottish ancestry.
Sandy Blonde (Natural)
With his advancing age, his hair had turned ‘White’.
- Tall Height
- Commanding voice
Best Known For
- Acting in films such as Only a Mother, The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly, The Emigrants, The Exorcist, Three Days of the Condor, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Here’s Your Life, A Kiss Before Dying, among others
- Appearing in TV roles such as Herr Sleeman kommer, Kojak: The Belarus File, Red King, White Knight, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, Game of Thrones, among others
- Being the voice in the video games Ghostbusters: The Video Game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
As a Singer
Max von Sydow had performed in songs like A Beautiful Life in the film The First, the Last in 2016 and Calle Schewens vals in the film The Apple War in 1971.
Max von Sydow made his feature film debut as a Nils in the 1949 film Only a Mother.
First TV Show
He made his TV show debut as Himself on The Linkletter Show in 1966.
Max von Sydow Favorite Things
- Movie – Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Source – IMDb
Max von Sydow Facts
- His surname was due to his father’s partial German ancestry.
- He started a theatre club in high school. He worked in Malmö and Norrköping city theatres after graduating from Royal Dramatic Theatre’s acting school.
- Max was greatly admired in Sweden.
- Max had received an Oscar nomination making him the only male Swedish actor to receive it.
- He directed the movie Katinka in 1988, making this his directorial debut.
- He got his 1st Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his portrayal of Lassefar in Pelle the Conqueror. Max earned his 2nd nomination for the movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in 2012.
- He was the Three-eyed Raven in the Game of Thrones which he joined in the 6th season.
- He got the Guldbagge Award for “Best Director” for the film Katinka, the first movie he directed.
- His career abroad started with the 1965 movie The Greatest Story Ever Told where he played the role of Jesus.
- He has lived in Rome, California, Paris, and Italy.
- Max had played both God and the devils in the movies The Greatest Story Ever Told and Needful Things.
- He was related to Björn von Sydow, ex-minister of defense and speaker of parliament in Sweden.
- In 1985, he participated in the Berlin International Film Festival as a jury co-head.
- Premiere magazine had put his performance in Pelle the Conqueror at number 57 in “Greatest Performances of All Time” in 2006.
- He spoke fluent English, French, Swedish, and Italian.
- He renounced his Swedish citizenship for a French one in 2002.
- As of 2015, Max was in 5 films that had “Best Picture” Oscars including Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Awakenings, The Emigrants, The Exorcist, and Hannah and Her Sisters.
- Christopher Plummer was cast in Somewhere in Time, although, Max had been considered for the role.
- He admired Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Spencer Tracy, and Marlon Brando.
- He felt at home while acting on stage.
- Max was considered an intellectual actor.
- He did not identify himself with his roles.
- According to him, acting was futile because unlike making furniture or writing, there was nothing to it.
- When acting in The Greatest Story Ever Told, he did not let his wife visit openly because Jesus was not married. He also did not relax or drink because Jesus did not.
- According to him, playing the Jesus role was hard and it felt like a prison. He could not publicly drink or smoke because he had to keep an image. It took 6 months to get his life back to normal.
- As a boy, he was very shy.
- He felt the roles he was offered were not interesting because they were usually of old fathers or grandfathers.
- Max played a good guy in the exorcist.
- He was either an agnostic or an atheist. He was a doubter in his youth but not in his adult life. No one knew what he doubted.
- Max had been a guest star in The Simpsons.
- He was the voice of Esbern in the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- Max played the voice roles of Vigo the Carpathian, Esbern, and Lor San Tekka in the video games Ghostbusters: The Video Game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- He had a starring role in Rush Hour 3 (2007).
- His wife Catherine worked on almost all his films.
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