Max von Sydow biography

Robin Hood (2010)

Max von Sydow

Birth Name: Carl Adolf Von Sydow

Date of Birth: April 10, 1929

Known for his square face and dark voice, Max von Sydow was born in Lund, located in southern Sweden, where he was raised in a middle-class family. A shy child, he chose acting as a way to better communicate with people. By the time he was 15, he and a friend attended the theatre to watch a production of A Midsummer's Night's Dream. Inspired by the performance, the two formed an amateur theatre group and performed a number of plays.

After high school, Von Sydow spent a year in mandatory military service, and then attended Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre from 1948 to 1951. While still a student, he made his feature film debut as Nils in Only a Mother (1949). Following that experience, Von Sydow returned to theater work and performed on stage for the next few years, occasionally making appearances in Swedish films.

In 1955, Sydow was given the lead role in the feature, The Seventh Seal(1957). Playing the part of a young knight who returns from the Crusades only to find his homeland dying from the plague, the film was a hit and over the years became a classic.

Over the next two decades, Sydow continued to impress audiences in Europe with strong, solid performances and although he had been in a few North American films, including playing Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), it wasn't until the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist, that American audiences sat up and took notice. Playing Father Lankester Merrin, Von Sydow once again presented a solid performance and found himself in a popular film turned classic.

The versatile actor continued to work heavily in film for both European and American markets until the end of the 20th century and the beginning of this one. Some of his most memorable performances include playing Emperor Ming in Flash Gordon (1980), King Osric in Conan the Barbarian (1982), James Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Never Say Never Again (1983), Frederick in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and his Oscar nominated turn as Lassefar in Pelle erobreren (1987). Von Sydow received his second Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011).

In his more than 50 years in film, Von Sydow has performed in over 130 film and television productions. Married twice, he has two sons from his first marriage which ended in 1996, and two sons from his current marriage. He has lived in many countries around the world including the U.S., Italy, and France.

Max von Sydow Filmography

Actor:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Solomon Kane (2013)
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
  • Oscar and the Lady in Pink (2010)
  • Robin Hood (2010)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • Oscar et la dame rose (2009)
  • Solomon Kane (2009)
  • Emotional Arithmetic (2008)
  • Un homme et son chien (2008)
  • Rush Hour 3 (2007)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
  • L'inchiesta (2006)
  • Intacto (2002)
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Druids (2001)
  • Non ho sonno / Sleepless (2001)
  • Vercingétorix / Druids (2001)
  • snow falling on cedars (1999)
  • What Dreams May Come (1998)
  • En Frusen dröm / A Frozen Dream (1997) (voice)
  • Hamsun (1996)
  • Jerusalem (1996)
  • Truck Stop (1996)
  • A che punto è la notte (1995)
  • Atlanten (1995) (voice)
  • Dypets ensomhet / Depth Solitude (1995) (voice)
  • Judge Dredd (1995)
  • Lumière and Company (1995)
  • Time Is Money (1994)
  • Morfars resa (1993)
  • Needful Things (1993)
  • Den Goda viljan / The Best Intentions (1992)
  • Dotkniecie reki / The Touch (1992)
  • A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
  • Bis ans Ende der Welt / Until the End of the World (1991)
  • Europa (1991) (voice)
  • Mio caro dottor Gräsler / The Bachelor (1991)
  • Oxen (1991)
  • Awakenings (1990)
  • Una Vita scellerata /A Violent Life (1990)
  • Father (1989)
  • Pelle erobreren (1987)
  • Duet for One (1986)
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  • Oviri (1986)
  • The Second Victory (1986)
  • Code Name: Emerald (1985)
  • Il Pentito (1985)
  • A Soldier's Tale (1984)
  • Dreamscape (1984)
  • Dune (1984)
  • George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)
  • Terror in the Aisles (1984) (archive footage)
  • Le Cercle des passions (1983)
  • Never Say Never Again (1983)
  • Strange Brew (1983)
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  • Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd / The Flight of the Eagle (1982)
  • Jugando con la muerte / Target Eagle (1982)
  • She Dances Alone (1981)
  • Victory (1981)
  • Bugie bianche / Footloose (1980)
  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  • La Mort en direct / Deathwatch (1980)
  • Hurricane (1979)
  • Brass Target (1978)
  • A Look at Liv (1977)
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
  • Gran bollito / Black Journal (1977)
  • March or Die (1977)
  • Cadaveri eccellenti (1976)
  • Il Deserto dei Tartari / The Desert of the Tartars (1976)
  • Voyage of the Damned (1976)
  • Ägget är löst! / The Softening of the Egg (1975)
  • Cuore di cane (1975)
  • Foxtrot (1975)
  • The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
  • Three Days of the Condor (1975)
  • Steppenwolf (1974)
  • Trompe-l'oeil (1974)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Embassy (1972)
  • Nybyggarna / The New Land (1972)
  • Äppelkriget / The Apple War (1971)
  • Beröringen / The Touch (1971)
  • Utvandrarna / The Emigrants (1971)
  • The Kremlin Letter (1970)
  • The Night Visitor (1970)
  • En Passion / The Passion of Anna (1969)
  • Made in Sweden (1969)
  • Skammen / Shame (1968)
  • Svarta palmkronor / Black Palm Trees (1968)
  • Vargtimmen / Hour of the Wolf (1968)
  • Här har du ditt liv / Here's Your Life (1966)
  • Hawaii (1966)
  • The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
  • 4 x 4 (1965)
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
  • The Reward (1965)
  • Nattvardsgästerna / Winter Light (1963)
  • Älskarinnan / The Swedish Mistress (1962)
  • Nils Holgerssons underbara resa / Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1962)
  • Såsom i en spegel / Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
  • Bröllopsdagen / The Wedding Day (1960)
  • Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring (1960)
  • Ansiktet / The Magician (1958)
  • Nära livet / Brink of Life (1958)
  • Spion 503 (1958)
  • Det Sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal (1957)
  • Prästen i Uddarbo (1957)
  • Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries (1957)
  • Rätten att älska (1956)
  • Ingen mans kvinna (1953)
  • Fröken Julie / Miss Julie (1951)
  • Bara en mor / Only a Mother (1949)

Robin Hood (2010)

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  140 min.
Release Date: May 14, 2010
DVD: September 21, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.90
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Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Matthew Macfadyen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Max von Sydow