​Max von Sydow Dead at 90

The Swedish actor starred in such films as 'The Exorcist' and 'The Seventh Seal'

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Mar 9, 2020

Max von Sydow, the Swedish actor best known for his roles in The Exorcist and The Seventh Seal, has died. He was 90.
He was born in Lund and went on to study at Sweden's national drama school, eventually meeting Ingmar Bergman in 1955. Bergman's first film starring von Sydow was 1957's The Seventh Seal, in which von Sydow stars as a man playing chess against Death.
Bergman also cast von Sydow in Wild Strawberries that same year, followed by Brink of Life, Rabies and The Magician in 1958. They also collaborated on Winter Light and The Virgin Spring.
The actor branched out internationally, starring as Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told in 1965, but he was really catapulted to international fame with his role as the priest in 1973's The Exorcist.
He showed off his lighter side in films like Conan the Barbarian and Flash Gordon, and even appeared in David Lynch's Dune.
In more recent years, von Sydow had roles in Shutter Island, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
His final television role was that of the Three-Eyed Raven on Game of Thrones.
He also starred in Nicholas Dimitropoulos's film Echoes of the Past, which is currently in post-production.

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