Sydow, Max von

Sydow, Max von, 1929–, Swedish actor, b. Lund as Carl Adolf von Sydow. He studied at the school of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm (1948–51), then worked with director Ingmar Bergman at the Malmö Municipal Theatre (1955–60), before moving to Stockhom and joining the Royal Dramatic Theatre (1960–62). Von Sydow appeared in many Bergman films, including The Seventh Seal (1957), in which he famously portrayed a medieval knight who plays a game of chess with death, Wild Strawberries (1957), The Magician (1958), The Virgin Spring (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), Shame (1968), and The Passion of Anna (1969). Usually cast in the role of a brooding, serious and often stern character, he has played priests, missionaries, an artist, the devil, and Jesus (in The Greatest Story Ever Told, 1965). Among his other films with other directors are Hawaii (1966), The Emigrants (1971) and its sequel, The New Land (1972), The Exorcist (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Hannah and Her Sisters (1985), and Hamsun (1996), in which he played the Norwegian poet and novelist. He also has appeared in a number of television productions.

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