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Max von Sydow is a Actor and Director Suédois born on 10 april 1929 at Lund (Suede)

Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow
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Birth name Carl Adolf von Sydow
Nationality Suede
Birth 10 april 1929 (90 years) at Lund (Suede)
Awards Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

Carl Adolf "Max" von Sydow (/vɒn ˈsiːdoʊ/; Swedish: [fɔn ˈsyːdɔv]; born 10 April 1929) is a Swedish-French actor. He has starred in many films and had supporting roles in dozens more in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, English, Italian, German, Danish, French and Spanish. Von Sydow received the Royal Foundation of Sweden's Cultural Award in 1954, was made a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 2005, and was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur on 17 October 2012.

Some of his most memorable film roles include Knight Antonius Block in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957), the first of his eleven films with Bergman, and the film that includes the iconic scenes in which he plays chess with Death; Martin in Through a Glass Darkly (1961); Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); Oktober in The Quiller Memorandum (1966); Karl Oskar Nilsson in The Emigrants (1971); Roy Lindberg in Eblekrigen (The Applewar) (1971); Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist (1973); Joubert the assassin in Three Days of the Condor (1975); Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon (1980); the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983); Liet-Kynes in Dune (1984); Frederick in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Lassefar in Pelle the Conqueror (1987), for which he received his first Academy Award nomination; Dr. Peter Ingham in Awakenings (1990); Lamar Burgess in Minority Report (2002) and The Renter in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2012), which earned him his second Academy Award nomination.


On 1 August 1951, von Sydow married actress Christina Inga Britta Olin (born 1926 – died 1998); the couple had two sons, Clas and Henrik, who appeared with him in the film Hawaii, playing his son at different ages. He and Olin divorced on 26 February 1979.

Von Sydow married French filmmaker Catherine Brelet on 30 April 1997 in Provence. He had to give up his Swedish citizenship to become a citizen of France in 2002.

Best films

The Exorcist (1973)
Minority Report (2002)
Shutter Island (2010)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
What Dreams May Come (1998)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

Usually with

Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
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Jan Troell
(8 films)
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Sven Nykvist
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Liv Ullmann
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Max von Sydow (122 films)

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Kursk (2018)

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Historical
Actors Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Michael Nyqvist, Max von Sydow, August Diehl
Roles Admiral Vladimir Petrenko
Rating65% 3.251363.251363.251363.251363.25136
Le 12 août 2000, le sous-marin nucléaire russe K-141 Koursk fait naufrage en mer de Barents. À bord, 23 marins se débattent pour survivre. Au sol, leurs familles font faces aux obstacles bureaucratiques qui compromettent leur sauvetage.
The First, the Last
Directed by Bouli Lanners
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Actors Bouli Lanners, Albert Dupontel, Suzanne Clément, David Murgia, Serge Riaboukine, Michael Lonsdale
Roles Le croque-mort
Rating63% 3.1994353.1994353.1994353.1994353.199435
Deux chasseurs de prime sont engagés pour retrouver un téléphone portable appartenant à une personne très influente.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2h15
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, John Boyega
Roles Lor San Tekka
Rating79% 3.995063.995063.995063.995063.99506
L'univers de Star Wars se déroule dans une galaxie théâtre d'affrontements entre les Chevaliers Jedi et les Seigneurs noirs des Sith, personnes sensibles à la Force, un champ énergétique mystérieux leur procurant des pouvoirs psychiques. Les Jedi maîtrisent le côté lumineux de la Force, pouvoir bénéfique et défensif, pour maintenir la paix dans la galaxie. Les Sith utilisent le côté obscur, pouvoir nuisible et destructeur, pour leur usage personnel et pour dominer la galaxie. Les Sith vont par deux : un maître et un apprenti.
The Letters, 1h54
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion
Actors Juliet Stevenson, Max von Sydow, Rutger Hauer, Kranti Redkar, Tillotama Shome
Roles Celeste van Exem
Rating61% 3.050113.050113.050113.050113.05011
The film explores the life of Mother Teresa through letters she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual adviser, Father Celeste van Exem, over a nearly 50-year period.
Dragons 3D
Dragons 3D (2013)
, 43minutes
Origin Canada
Actors Max von Sydow, Laurence Leboeuf, Serge Houde
Roles Dr. Alistair Conis
Rating56% 2.801422.801422.801422.801422.80142
Skye Ingram (Laurence Leboeuf) has had frequent nightmares about dragons, to the point where it's interfering with her daily life. Because of this, she decides to seek help from Dr. Alistair Conis (Max von Sydow), an eccentric dream therapist and expert on dragons. As the pair works together to uncover what is triggering Skye's distress, they recount the various stories about dragons and their connections to various facets of human and natural society, such as history, literature, national identity, and art. Their work is eventually discovered by Dr. Vulnet Grazinar (Serge Houde), Dr. Conis' nemesis.
Branded (2012)
, 1h46
Genres Science fiction
Actors Ed Stoppard, Jeffrey Tambor, Max von Sydow, Leelee Sobieski, Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
Roles Marketing Guru
Rating47% 2.3516952.3516952.3516952.3516952.351695
As the movie begins, the names of famous visionaries including Joan of Arc, Albert Einstein, and Alexander the Great flash on the screen. A caption reads, "All of them saw things others didn't see. All of them changed the world."
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, 2h9
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about children, Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Dans un avion, Films about autism, Disaster films, Films about hijackings
Actors Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman
Roles The Renter
Rating69% 3.450623.450623.450623.450623.45062
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) is the son of German American Thomas Schell (Tom Hanks). Thomas would often send Oskar on missions to do something involving one of his riddles. The last riddle he ever gives Oskar is proof that New York City once possessed a Sixth Borough. In a flashback, Thomas and Oskar play a scavenger hunt to find objects throughout New York City. The game requires communication with other people and is not easy for the socially awkward Oskar who is told "If things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding".
Robin Hood
Robin Hood (2010)
, 2h20
Directed by Ridley Scott
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Historical
Actors Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Kevin Durand
Roles Sir Walter Loxley
Rating65% 3.2982953.2982953.2982953.2982953.298295
In 1199 A.D., Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is a common archer in the army of King Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston). A veteran of Richard's crusade, he now takes part in the siege of Chalus Castle. Disillusioned and war-weary, he believes the King when invited to give an honest view of the war; after Robin gives a frank but unflattering appraisal of the King's conduct, Robin and his comrades – archers Allan A'Dayle (Alan Doyle) and Will Scarlett (Scott Grimes) and soldier Little John (Kevin Durand) – find themselves in the stocks.
The Wolfman, 1h43
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Géraldine Chaplin, Elizabeth Croft
Roles Passenger on Train (only in unrated director's cut)
Rating57% 2.8995052.8995052.8995052.8995052.899505
In 1891, Ben Talbot is confronted by a fierce creature in the Blackmoor woods. He tries to escape, but is killed by the beast.
Shutter Island, 2h10
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals, Lobotomie
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow
Roles Dr. Jeremiah Naehring
Rating80% 4.048754.048754.048754.048754.04875
In 1954, two U.S. Marshals - Edward "Teddy" Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule - travel to the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island located in Boston Harbor as part of an investigation into the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando, incarcerated for drowning her three children. The sole clue is a note left by Solando, which reads: "The law of 4; who is 67?" Shortly after arrival, a storm prevents their return to the mainland for several days. Daniels finds the staff confrontational: the lead psychiatrist, Dr. John Cawley, refuses to hand over records of the hospital staff; Solando's doctor, Dr. Lester Sheehan, had left on vacation after her disappearance, and they are barred from searching Ward C and told that the lighthouse on the island has already been searched, so there is no need to search it. When a patient is being interrogated by Daniels, with a subterfuge she sends Aule away for a few seconds and scribbles "RUN" in Daniels' notepad.
Moomins and the Comet Chase, 1h15
Origin Finlande
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Impact events in fiction, Children's films, Disaster films
Actors Max von Sydow, Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Stormare, Alexander Skarsgård, Mads Mikkelsen, Helena Mattsson
Roles Narrator (voice)
Rating60% 3.0492653.0492653.0492653.0492653.049265
One day Moomintroll wakes to notice that grey dust is covering everything in the Moominvalley. He runs to ask the philosophical Muskrat if he knows what is happening, who advises him that things tend to look like this before an awful fate coming from the sky hits the Earth. With the help of his father, Moominpappa, Moomintroll and his close friends Sniff and Snufkin build a raft and head out on a challenging journey to the observatory in the Lonely Mountains hoping to find out more from the wise professors there. The friends have to overcome several adversities in order to make it there. When they arrive, they find the professors deep in calculations. They reveal that a comet will reach the Earth in four days, four hours, four minutes and 44 seconds.
Oscar and the Lady in Pink, 1h45
Directed by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children, Medical-themed films, Films about cancer
Actors Michèle Laroque, Amir Ben Abdelmoumen, Amira Casar, Mylène Demongeot, Max von Sydow, Constance Dollé
Roles Dr Dusseldorf
Rating71% 3.583823.583823.583823.583823.58382
Oscar, garçon de (dix ans), séjourne à l'hôpital des enfants. Ni les médecins ni ses parents n'osent lui dire la vérité sur sa maladie. Seule Mamie Rose, femme à l'air bougon, venue livrer ses pizzas, communique avec lui sans détour. Pour le distraire, Rose propose un jeu à Oscar : faire comme si chaque journée comptait désormais pour dix ans. Elle lui offre ainsi une vie entière en quelques jours. Pour qu'il se confie davantage, elle lui suggère aussi d'écrire à Dieu. Dans ses lettres, Oscar avoue ses douleurs, ses inquiétudes, ses joies, son premier amour, le temps qui passe... Une amitié singulière naît entre Oscar et Mamie Rose. Tous deux sont loin d'imaginer à quel point cette complicité va bouleverser leur destin.
Solomon Kane, 1h44
Directed by Michael J. Bassett
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Films about magic and magicians, Films about religion, Demons in film, Witches in film
Actors James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite, Jason Flemyng, Alice Krige
Roles Josiah Kane
Rating60% 3.0484153.0484153.0484153.0484153.048415
The film opens in North Africa, 1600, with the English mercenary Solomon Kane as he leads his ship's crew into battle against the Ottoman occupiers of a fortress town. After defeating the defenders, Kane and his men raid the fortress, where most of the crew are killed by demons. Kane fights his way to the throne room, but, before he can loot the riches, he is confronted by a demon that tells him his soul is forfeit to Satan. Solomon rejects his fate and jumps out a window. Following this encounter, Solomon returns to England and finds sanctuary in a monastery. After a prophetic dream, the abbot apologetically expels Kane, and Kane travels by foot to his ancestral estate, from which he had been expelled in his youth after defying his father. Along the way, he is ambushed by robbers who mock his vow of pacifism and leave him for dead. He is found and treated by the Crowthorns, a family of Puritans traveling west to the New World. When the Crowthorns are slaughtered by corrupted followers of the evil sorcerer Malachi, Kane renounces his vows and swears to avenge their deaths and rescue Meredith Crowthorn, who has been marked by a witch and kidnapped by the Masked Rider, Malachi's lieutenant.
Emotional Arithmetic, 1h39
Directed by Paolo Barzman
Origin Canada
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Gabriel Byrne, Roy Dupuis, Christopher Plummer, Susan Sarandon, Max von Sydow, Dakota Goyo
Roles Jakob Bronski
Rating60% 3.0499353.0499353.0499353.0499353.049935
Emotional Arithmetic focuses primarily on three people who formed a bond in the Drancy internment camp, where they were imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II: Jakob Bronski (Sydow), who saw goodness in two orphaned children in the camp, Melanie (Sarandon) and Christopher (Byrne), and who helped them to survive. Decades after their release from Drancy, their emotional wounds still affect their lives in different ways when they meet again.
A Man and His Dog, 1h49
Directed by Francis Huster
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Hafsia Herzi, Francis Huster, Max von Sydow, Jean Dujardin, José Garcia
Roles Le commandant
Rating60% 3.0015853.0015853.0015853.0015853.001585
Charles is an old retiree who lives in a maid's room in the house of his lover, a rich widow. He is forced out onto the street with his dog after the widow breaks off the relationship, as she decides to marry again. With no home nor way to make money, they wander the streets of Paris.