Two-time Academy Award nominee Max von Sydow has died aged 90, as first reported by Deadline.
The Swedish-born actor had a career that spanned over 70 years, with his first ever acting role coming in 1949 with “Only a Mother.” Deadline published the following statement from his widow Catherine von Sydow:
“Is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow, on March 8, 2020”
Von Sydow had quite the breakout year in 1957, with his leading performance in the Swedish-language drama “The Minister of Uddarbo” as well as his first collaboration with iconic director Ingmar Bergman in “The Seventh Seal,” which won the Jury Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year. He continued to collaborate with Bergman throughout his career, including “Winter Light” and “The Passion of Anna” in the 1960s.
His first major nomination came in the form of a Golden Globe, when he was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in George Roy Hill’s “Hawaii” opposite Julie Andrews. His next globe nomination came for one his most iconic roles a few years later with “The Exorcist.” Von Sydow’s performance as Father Merrin is one of his most recognizable, along with the film itself being one of cinema’s greatest classic horror films. Another of von Sydow’s classics came in 1980 with “Flash Gordon,” the sci-fi adventure film that has cult status in the cinematic landscape.
His first of two Oscar nominations came in 1989 with “Pelle the Conqueror,” a drama about a group of Swedish emigrants who move to Denmark in search of work. He lost to Dustin Hoffman for “Rain Man,” but it wasn’t the only time Von Sydow would be recognised by the Academy. In 2011, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” picked up a surprise Best Picture nomination, with von Sydow nominated for Best Supporting Actor but eventually losing to “Beginners” star Christopher Plummer.
Some of von Sydow’s more recent recognizable roles include Lor San Tekka in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens“ and his performance as the Three-Eyed Raven in the HBO epic television show “Game of Thrones.” The last film he worked on was “Echoes of the Past,” which recently finished production and should be released in the next few months.
Along with numerous voice acting roles in television and video games, there is no denying the terrific and versatile career that von Sydow has had throughout his lifetime and he will be sorely missed.