It is a sad week for the entertainment industry, as it has lost a leading light in Max von Sydow, who died on 8 March 2020 at the age of 90.
Variety confirmed the legendary Swedish actor’s passing. Born Carl Adolf von Sydow in 1929, the lanky actor rose to prominence by starring in a number of films by compatriot Ingmar Bergman, most notably The Seventh Seal (1957).
Max von Sydow would later go on to lend his talents to the US and the rest of the world, starring as Father Merrin in The Exorcist (1973), Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon (1980), Doctor Kynes in David Lynch’s Dune (1984), Dr. Naehring in Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island (2010), Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and most recently the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones (2016).
He was also nominated twice for the Academy Awards, once in 2011 for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and another in 1987 for Pelle erobreren.
The world was certainly all the richer for von Sydow’s outstanding performances. Rest in peace, legend.
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