Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow

  • Highest Rated: 100% Hamsun (1996)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% Branded (2012)
  • Birthday: Apr 10, 1929
  • Birthplace: Lund, Skåne län, Sweden
  • Standing over six feet-four inches tall, the bony Swedish actor Max von Sydow spent much of his acting career portraying stern, oppressive characters. Born to a family of academics in Lund, Sweden, von Sydow studied at the Royal Dramatic School in Stockholm, where he made his screen debut in Only a Mother and married his first wife, actress Christina Olin. In 1956, he moved to Malmö and met director Ingmar Bergman at the Malmo Municipal Theatre. After starring in The Seventh Seal, von Sydow went on to star in more than a dozen films with Bergman, including Wild Strawberries, Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, and Winter Light. He worked almost exclusively with Bergman's acting company until 1965, when he took the role as Jesus in George Stevens' epic The Greatest Story Ever Told. This part opened the door to American films, where he was often typecast in strong, humorless roles, like the rigid missionary Abner Hale in Hawaii. In the '70s, he went back to Sweden to work with Bergman in four more films and appeared opposite frequent co-star Liv Ullmann in Jan Troell's two-part saga The Emigrants and The New Land. It wasn't until 1973 that he made his first big Hollywood blockbuster with the role of Father Merrin The Exorcist, which he reprised in Exorcist II: The Heretic. Moving to Rome in the '80s, von Sydow had a fun role as Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon, played Barbara Hershey's intense artist boyfriend in Hannah and Her Sisters, and received his first Oscar nomination and numerous other awards for his work in Pelle the Conqueror (1988). After making his directorial debut with Katinka, he worked in several theater projects and a couple of biblical TV miniseries (Sampson & Delilah and Quo Vadis). It was during this time that he was cast as the devil in the Stephen King film adaptation Needful Things, marking von Sydow as the only actor to play both God and Satan. He also appeared in Judge Dredd and Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World. He continued acting sporadically in Hollywood for What Dreams May Come and Snow Falling on Cedars. Moving on to the international circuit, he appeared in Intacto (Spain), Vercingetorix (France), and Non ho Sonno (Italy). In 2002, he co-starred with Tom Cruise for the Steven Spielberg blockbuster Minority Report.He continued to work steadily throughout the decade in projects as diverse as Rush Hour 3, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Shutter Island. Coming nearly sixty years after his earliest film work, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close earned the venerable actor his second Oscar nomination - a Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of a mute grandfather.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

69% The Command (Kursk) Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin 2019
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Lor San Tekka $936.7M 2015
27% The Letters Celeste van Exem $1.1M 2015
No Score Yet Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures - 2D/3D Actor 2013
66% Solomon Kane Josiah Kane 2012
9% Branded Marketing Guru $0.4M 2012
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close The Renter $31.9M 2012
No Score Yet Hit Man Actor 2012
No Score Yet Muumi ja punainen pyrstötähti (Moomins and the Comet Chase) Actor 2010
43% Robin Hood Sir Walter Loxley $105.3M 2010
68% Shutter Island Dr. Naehring $125.1M 2010
33% Oscar and the Lady in Pink Dr. Dusseldorf 2010
No Score Yet Oscar Et La Dame Rose Actor 2009
No Score Yet Man and His Dog (Un homme et son chien) Le Commandant 2008
94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Papinou $5.9M 2007
No Score Yet Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning Jakob Bronski 2007
No Score Yet A Love Story Actor 2007
18% Rush Hour 3 Reynard $140.1M 2007
No Score Yet The Final Inquiry Tiberius 2007
No Score Yet Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Eyvind 2006
No Score Yet Heidi Uncle Alp 2005
72% Intacto Samuel $0.2M 2002
90% Minority Report Director Lamar Burgess $132.1M 2002
No Score Yet Druids (Vercingétorix) Guttuart 2001
50% Non ho sonno (Sleepless) Ulisse Moretti 2001
88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Actor $38.7M 2000
No Score Yet Nuremberg Samuel Rosenman 2000
39% Snow Falling on Cedars Nels Gudmundsson 1999
82% Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations) Jacob 1999
54% What Dreams May Come The Tracker 1998
No Score Yet Solomon David 1997
No Score Yet Hostile Waters Admiral Chernavin 1997
80% Jerusalem Priest 1996
100% Hamsun Knut Hamsun 1996
17% Judge Dredd Judge Fargo 1995
88% Citizen X Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky 1995
31% Needful Things Leland Gaunt 1993
81% The Best Intentions Johan Akerblom 1992
80% Zentropa (Europa) Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Silent Touch Henry Keszdy 1992
No Score Yet Oxen (The Ox) Vicar 1991
31% A Kiss Before Dying Thor Carlsson 1991
No Score Yet East of the Sun, West of the Moon Storyteller 1991
88% Awakenings Dr. Peter Ingham 1990
No Score Yet Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Father Siemes 1990
No Score Yet The Bachelor Von Schleheim 1990
No Score Yet Red King, White Knight Szaz 1989
87% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) Lasse Karlsson 1988
93% Salaam Bombay! Krishna/Chaipau 1988
No Score Yet Father Joseph Mueller 1988
No Score Yet Oviri (The Wolf at the Door) August Strindberg 1986
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Frederick 1986
No Score Yet Duet for One Dr. Louis Feldman 1986
No Score Yet Second Victory Dr. Huber 1986
No Score Yet Code Name: Emerald (Deep Cover) Jürgen Brausch 1985
No Score Yet The Belarus File Peter Barak 1985
No Score Yet Quo Vadis Actor 1985
53% Dune Dr. Kynes 1984
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
77% Dreamscape Dr. Paul Novotny 1984
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah Sidka 1984
9% The Ice Pirates Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Soldier's Tale Actor 1984
67% Never Say Never Again Ernst Stavros Blofeld 1983
74% Strange Brew Brewmeister Smith 1983
No Score Yet Ingenjör Andrées Luftfärd (The Flight of the Eagle) S. A. Andree 1982
66% Conan the Barbarian King Osric 1982
No Score Yet She Dances Alone Nijinsky 1982
No Score Yet Target Eagle Col. O'Donnell 1982
71% Victory Major Karl von Steiner 1981
80% Flash Gordon The Emperor Ming, Ming's Floating Servant 1980
73% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) Gerald Mortenhoe 1980
38% Hurricane Dr. Danielsson 1979
No Score Yet Brass Target Shelley/Webber 1978
No Score Yet March Or Die Francois Marneau 1977
15% Exorcist II: The Heretic Father Merrin 1977
No Score Yet A Look At Liv Actor 1977
82% Voyage of the Damned Captain Schroeder 1976
No Score Yet Il Deserto dei Tartari (The Desert of the Tartars) Hortiz 1976
No Score Yet Cadavres exquis Supreme Court's president 1976
No Score Yet Foxtrot Larsen 1976
20% The Ultimate Warrior Baron 1975
86% Three Days of the Condor Joubert 1975
No Score Yet Steppenwolf Harry 1974
85% The Exorcist Father Merrin 1973
No Score Yet The New Land Karl Oskar 1972
71% The Touch Andreas Vergerus 1971
91% The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) Karl Oskar 1971
13% The Night Visitor Salem 1971
100% The Passion of Anna (En Passion) Andreas 1970
No Score Yet The Kremlin Letter Kosnov 1970
62% Skammen (Shame) Jan Rosenberg 1968
90% Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) Johan Borg 1968
No Score Yet Här har du ditt liv (Here's Your Life) Smalands-Pelle 1966
67% Hawaii Abner Hale 1966
62% The Quiller Memorandum Oktober 1966
No Score Yet The Reward Scott Swenson 1965
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Jesus 1965
No Score Yet Nils Holgerssons underbara resa (Wonderful Adventures of Nils) Father 1963
70% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) Jonas Persson 1962
100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) Martin 1961
86% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) Herr Tore 1960
100% The Magician (Ansiktet) Albert Emanuel Vogler 1958
No Score Yet Brink of Life (Nära Livet) Harry Andersson 1958
95% Wild Strawberries Akerman 1957
93% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) Antonius Block 1957
No Score Yet Miss Julie (Fröken Julie) Hand 1952
No Score Yet 4 x 4 (Aufenthalt im Marschland) Actor
No Score Yet Truth & Treason Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% Game of Thrones
2011
The Three-Eyed Raven Three-Eyed Raven
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2012
69% The Tudors
2007-2010
Cardinal Von Waldburg Cardinal von Waldburg
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Voice

QUOTES FROM Max von Sydow CHARACTERS

Rey
You, you're afraid that you'll never be as strong as Darth Vader.
Lor San Tekka
You may try, but you cannot deny the truth that is your family.
Jesus
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Lor San Tekka
This will begin to make things right.
Lor San Tekka
This will begin to make things right
Lor San Tekka
This will begin to make things right.
Father Merrin
I cast you out! Unclean spirit!
The Demon
Shove it up your ass, you faggot!
Director Lamar Burgess
Shh. Do you know what I hear? Nothing. No footsteps up the stairs, no hovercraft out the window, no clickety-click of little spiders. Do you know why I can't hear any of those things, Danny? Because right now, the precogs can't see a thing.
Marketing Guru
I want to talk to you today... about love. See, I have struggled to find a way to restore the people's love of your products, but it hasn't worked out. Consumers just no longer wish to buy them. When it's over, it's over. They no longer love you. The era of fast food has passed. But I do have a proposal. Something which exceeds the limits of marketing in its traditional form. A plan which will change the world. Together, we will make fat beautiful again. But first, a question. How far are you willing to go to solve your problems?
Judge Fargo
The blind lady.
Judge Dredd
Who is she?
Judge Fargo
Justice, before your time. We should have never taken it from her hands.
Judge Fargo
My fellow Judges, l was barely in my teens when l put on this badge. When the time comes for me to take it off, please let me do so knowing that it still stands for freedom... and not for repression.
Father Merrin
THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!
Director Lamar Burgess
My father once told me, "We don't choose the things we believe in; they choose us."
Director Lamar Burgess
My father once told me, 'We don't choose the things we believe in; they choose us.'
Marketing Guru
How far are you willing to go... to change the world?
King Osric
The lions ate him!
The Knight Antonius Block
Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one's senses? Why does he hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in the faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can't I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way - despite my wanting to evict Him from my heart? Why is He, despite all, a mocking reality I can't be rid of?
John Colby
What's the verdict on Williams?
Maj. Karl Von Steiner
A regrettable mistake.
John Colby
The whole bloody war's a regrettable mistake.
Maj. Karl Von Steiner
I agree.
The Knight Antonius Block
I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me.
Death
But He remains silent.
The Knight Antonius Block
I call out to Him in the darkness. But it's as if no one was there.
The Knight Antonius Block
Perhaps there isn't anyone.
Director Lamar Burgess
You can't run, John.
Officer John Anderton
Everybody runs.
Father Merrin
THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!
Father Damien Karras
THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!
Father Merrin
"There is only one."
Father Merrin
There is only one.
The Renter
Sometimes we have to face our fears
The Renter
Sometimes we have to face our fears.
Dr. Naehring
Did you know that the word 'trauma' comes from the Greek for 'wound'?
The Renter
YES. YES. NO.
Princess Aura
Look! Water is leaking from her eyes!
Emperor Ming
It's what they call tears. It's a sign of their weakness!
The Knight Antonius Block
No man can live faced with death, knowing everything's nothingness.
King Osric
There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father's love for his child.
The Knight Antonius Block
I met Death today. We are playing chess.
Nels Gudmundsson
Accident rules every corner of the universe . . . except maybe the chambers of the human heart.
Nels Gudmundsson
Accident rules every corner of the universe... except perhaps the chambers of the human heart.
Frederick
If Jesus came back and saw what was going on in his name he would never stop throwing up.
Frederick
If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up.
Dr. Naehring
Wounds can create monsters and you are wounded, martial. And wouldn't you agree, when you see a monster, you must stop it?
King Osric
There comes a time thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses it's luster, when the throne room becomes a prison and all that is left is a father's love for his child.
King Osric
There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father's love for his child.
Regan MacNeil
(in Karras' mother's voice) - Dimmy, why did you do this to me? Please Dimmy, I'm afraid.
Regan MacNeil
(in Karras' mother's voice) Dimmy, why did you do this to me? Please Dimmy, I'm afraid.
Father Damien Karras
You're not my mother!
Father Merrin
Don't listen...Get out!
Father Merrin
Don't listen. Get out!
Father Damien Karras
Why her? Why this girl?
Father Merrin
I think the point is to make us despair; to see ourselves as...animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.
Father Merrin
I think the point is to make us despair, to see ourselves as animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.
Chris MacNeil
Would you like some bourbon in that, father?
Father Merrin
Well, my doctor says I shouldn't but thank God my will is weak.
Father Merrin
I cast you out! Unclean Sprit!
Regan MacNeil
Shove it up you?re a**, you faggot!
Regan MacNeil
Shove it up you?re a**!
Father Merrin
In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is he who commands you! It is he who flung you from the gates of Heaven to the depths of Hell!
Regan MacNeil
F**k Him!
Father Merrin
Be gone...
Father Merrin
Be gone.
Regan MacNeil
F**k Him, Karras! F**k Him!
Father Merrin
...from this creature of God! (Regan moaning) Be gone! In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Father Merrin
From this creature of God! (Regan moaning) Be gone! In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Father Damien Karras
I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced...
Father Damien Karras
I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced.
Father Merrin
There is only one.
Father Merrin
It's the power of Christ! The power of Christ compels you!
Narrator
In the morning, the sleeper has found rest on the bottom of the river. The force of the stream has opened the door and is leading you on. Above your body, people are still alive. Follow the river as days go by. Head for the ocean that mirrors the sky. You want to wake up to free yourself of the image of Europa. But it is not possible.
Narrator
You will now listen to my voice. My voice will help you and guide you still deeper into Europa. Every time you hear my voice, with every word and every number, you will enter into a still deeper layer, open, relaxed and receptive. I shall now count from one to ten. On the count of ten, you will be in Europa. I say: one. And as your focus and attention are entirely on my voice, you will slowly begin to relax. Two, your hands and your fingers are getting warmer and heavier. Three, the warmth is spreading through your arms, to your shoulders and your neck. Four, your feet and your legs get heavier. Five, the warmth is spreading to the whole of your body. On six, I want you to go deeper. I say: six. And the whole of your relaxed body is slowly beginning to sink. Seven, you go deeper and deeper and deeper. Eight, on every breath you take, you go deeper. Nine, you are floating. On the mental count of ten, you will be in Europa. Be there at ten. I say: ten.
Father Merrin
Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.