Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow

French, Actor
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Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow ( von SEE-doh; born Carl Adolf von Sydow; 10 April 1929 – 8 March 2020) was a Swedish-French actor who appeared in European and American films. Von Sydow featured in more than 100 films and TV series. His most memorable film roles include Knight Antonius Block in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957), the earliest of 11 films he made with Bergman, which includes iconic scenes in which his character plays chess with Death.

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Full name at birth
Max Carl Adolf von Sydow
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Dreamscape
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Date of birth
10 April 1929
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Lund, Skane, Sweden
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Date of death
8 March 2020
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90 (age at death)
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Provence, France
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6' 4" (193 cm)
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$16,000,000 USD
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At home [in Sweden], the actor`s profession was not considered particularly reputable, but being an actor or star in a Hollywood film was something very important in American eyes. Then I slowly realized that as an actor in Sweden you were allowed to be involved in some kind of artistic project which could be a flop and yet still be justifiable if it carried artistic weight and ambitions. In Hollywood, on the other hand, if you do not succeed you are nobody. You become a mere piece of paper with a figure on it. You are just as good-or bad-as your last film was financially. And while Sweden remains sufficiently small for you to work in, say, Malmö and still make films in Stockholm, in the States you either work in Hollywood or you live somewhere else and you work for the legitimate theater.
  • Was offered the title role in Dr. No (1962).
  • After not appearing in a Ingmar Bergman film since "The Touch" (Beröringen (1971)), Von Sydow was reunited with the master, playing his grandfather in "Goda viljan, Den" (1991) (mini). While the film was directed by Bille August, the screenplay was written by Ingmar Bergman. Ironically, despite all the classic work Von Sydow dd with Ingmar Bergman such as the Knight in "The Seventh Seal" (Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)), the eponymous "Magician" (Ansiktet (1958)), and the father in "The Virgin Spring" (Jungfrukällan (1960)) (portrayals that will live for as long as there is cinema), his sole Oscar nomination came under the hand of Bille August, for "Pelle the Conqueror" (Pelle erobreren (1987).
  • Two sons, Claes and Henrik.
  • Co-Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1985.
  • Has lived in Los Angeles, California, USA; Rome, Italy and Paris, Seine, France.

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