Max Von Sydow

Max Von Sydow

Max von Sydow (born 10 April 1929) is a Swedish-born actor. He has also held French citizenship since 2002. He has starred in many movies and had supporting roles in dozens more. He has performed in movies filmed in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, English, Italian, German, Danish, French and Spanish.


Has four sons, Claes and Henrik with his first wife; and Cédric and Yvan with his second wife. In 1951, Von Sydow married actress 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 was divorced in 1996 and subsequently married French filmmaker Catherine Brelet in April 1997 in the Provence, France. He has two sons, Yvan and Cedric, with his second wife. Von Sydow lives in Paris with his wife.

Was offered the title role in Dr. No (1962).

One of his favourite movies is Runaway Train (1985).

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

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

One of the few actors to have played both God (in _Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)_) and the Devil (in Needful Things (1993)).

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

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).

He and Ingmar Bergman made 13 movies together: Ansiktet (1958), Beröringen (1971), Herr Sleeman kommer (1957) (TV) (not released), Jungfrukällan (1960), _Nattvardsgästerna (1963)_, Nära livet (1958), En passion (1969), Rabies (1958) (TV), Det sjunde inseglet (1957), Skammen (1968), Smultronstället (1957), Såsom i en spegel (1961) and Vargtimmen (1968).

Co-Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1985.

After not appearing in a Ingmar Bergman film since “The Touch” (Beröringen (1971)), Von Sydow was reunited with the master, playing his grandfather in “Den goda viljan” (1991). 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” (Det sjunde inseglet (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).

One of the very few actors to be nominated for an Oscar for a role in a foreign language film for “Pelle the Conqueror” (Pelle erobreren (1987)).

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

He is fluent in a number of languages, including Swedish, English, Italian and French.

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