Max Von Sydow

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ABOUT Max von Sydow

Max Von Sydow

Date of Birth: April 10, 1929

Birth Place
: Lund, Skane, Sweden

Eye Color: Blue

Height: 6'4" (1.93 m)

Family: son of Carl Wilhelm von Sydow a professor at the University of Lund and Baroness Greta Rappe who worked as a school teacher, Max has two sons Claes and Henrik.

Education: Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm (1948-1951)

Actor Bio: Born Carl Adolf von Sydow to a wealthy Swedish family, von Sydow is most remembered for his collaborations with legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (who was also his mentor). Von Sydow has been acting for over five decades and has proven himself a flexible actor capable of roles in various genres. Von Sydow hasn't performed in many television series, therefore his presence on "The Tudors" is a rare treat.

*note: Swedes pronounce his last name as Sidov (english alphabet sounds)

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Non-acting careers:

Shutter island (2010)-
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring
Rush Hour 3 (2007) - Reynard
Minority Report (2002) - Director Lamar Burgess
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) - Nels Gudmundsson
What Dreams May Come (1998) - The Tracker
Judge Dredd (1995) - Chief Justice Fargo
A Kiss Before Dying (1991) - Thor Carlsson
Pelle the Conqueror (1988) - Lassefar
Hannah and her Sisters (1986) -- Frederick
Dune (1984) - Dr. Kynes
Never Say Die Again (1983) Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Conan the Barbarian (1982) - King Osric
Flash Gordon (1980) - Emperor Ming / Ming's Floating Servant
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) - Father Merrin
Three Days of the Condor (1975) - G. Joubert
The Exorcist (1973) - Father Merrin
Hawaii (1966) - Rev. Abner Hale
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) - Jesus
The Seventh Seal (1957) - Antonius Block, knight

TV Shows:
"The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (1993) - Sigmund Freud (1 episode)
"Christopher Columbus" miniseries (1985) - King John of Portugal
"The Last Place on Earth" miniseries (1985) Fridtjof Nansen


Big break: The Exorcist

Best known for: The Exorcist

Awards: Max has been nominated and won various awards for his acting from all over the world. Winner of an AFI, two Bodil Awards, a Golden India Catalina, a European Film Award, a Fotogramas de Plata, three Guldbagge awards, Tokyo and Venice International Film Festival Awards.
Max has also been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in Pelle the Conqueror, three Saturn awards, and an Emmy for Red King, White Knight.

Upcoming projects:
"The Tudors" (2009) - Cardinal Waldberg
Shutter Island (2009) - Dr. Jeremiah Naehring
Solomon Kane (2008) - Josiah Kane
Truth & Treason (2008) - Franz Fikeis

Max Von Sydow - The Tudors WikiTalk about...

Max von Sydow


  • "The power of Christ compels you!" - as Father Merrin, The Exorcist

  • In Hollywood they usually cast me as villains or priests.

  • If Jesus came back today, and saw what was going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up.

  • Max von Sydow has played both Jesus (Greatest Story Ever Told) and the Devil (Needful Things, A Soldier's Tale)
  • von Sydow has played numerous religiously oriented characters, yet despite being raised a Lutheran he is an atheist

  • von Sydow is an incredibly multilingual actor, he has performed speaking Swedish, English, French, Italian, Danish, German, as well as short lines of Russian, Latin, Arabic, and Hawaiian.



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Max Von Sydow as Jesus in
The Greatest Story Ever Told ( 1965)
Max Von Sydow - The Tudors Wiki
Max von Sydow (right) in The Seventh Seal (1957)

Max Von Sydow - The Tudors Wiki
as Emperor Ming, the Merciless in Flash Gordon (1980)

Max Von Sydow - The Tudors Wiki
as Father Merrin in The Exorcist (1973)

Max Von Sydow - The Tudors Wiki
as Bond villian Ernst Blofeld in Never Say Die Again (1983)

Max Von Sydow
as Leland Gaunt a.k.a. "the devil" in Needful Things (1993)
Dr. Jeremiah Naehring in Shutter island
As Dr. Jeremiah Naehring
in the martin scorcese thriller
shutter island