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‘Exorcist’ Star, Swedish Screen Legend Max Von Sydow Dies At 90

(FILES) On this file picture taken on Might 14, 2016, Swedish- French actor Max von Sydow poses as he arrives for the screening of the movie “The BFG” on the 69th Cannes Movie Competition in Cannes, southern France.


Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow, whose seven-decade profession noticed him go from starring in iconic art-house motion pictures by Ingmar Bergman to showing in English-language hits together with “The Exorcist” and “Game of Thrones”, has died in France aged 90, his household stated.

“It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow” on Sunday, stated an announcement despatched to AFP.

Von Sydow took French citizenship in 2002 and renounced his Swedish nationality, however stays fondly remembered in his homeland.

With chiselled options and piercing blue eyes, von Sydow turned a recognisable face throughout a profession that combined genres and languages and noticed him play weak heroes and evil villains.

“He was one of the world’s greatest actors,” stated the previous president of the Cannes movie competition Gilles Jacob.

“He could play troubling roles but Max had a delicacy and humanity that were so moving.”

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In 1973, he turned a part of horror film historical past in “The Exorcist” the place he portrayed a priest making an attempt to rid a possessed younger lady of her literal demons, shouting the enduring line: “The power of Christ compels you.”

Extra lately, von Sydow appeared in blockbusters corresponding to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the hit tv HBO collection “Game of Thrones” making him a well-known face to thousands and thousands within the later a part of his life.

Chess With Dying

His profession started extra humbly within the early 1950s on the theatre phases of Stockholm after which Malmo, the place he met the person who would assist forge his profession — Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

It’s von Sydow’s collaboration with Bergman in art-house movies usually laden with existential angst — now seen as all-time classics — which are more likely to be his best-remembered roles.

In one of the crucial memorable scenes within the historical past of cinema, von Sydow performed the knight who has a chess sport with dying on a lonely seaside in “The Seventh Seal” from 1957.

He appeared in quite a few different Bergman motion pictures, notably “The Virgin Spring” and “Through a Glass Darkly” in addition to the English-language “The Touch” wherein he starred alongside American actor Elliott Gould.

He additionally labored with fellow Scandinavian appearing nice Liv Ullmann on Jan Troell’s 1971 masterpiece “The Emigrants” a couple of group of impoverished Swedes shifting to the USA. It obtained a number of Oscar nominations.

Von Sydow was twice nominated for Academy Awards, first in 1989 for his position in “Pelle the Conqueror” after which in 2012 for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” about an 11-year-old boy whose father dies within the September 11, 2001 assaults.

One among his closing roles was as a stern Russian admiral in Thomas Vinterberg’s 2018 English-language movie in regards to the 2000 Kursk Russian submarine catastrophe.

Von Sydow had two sons along with his first spouse Christina Olin. He married his second spouse, French documentary filmmaker Catherine Brelet, in 1997, and the couple lived collectively in France.

He needed to resign his Swedish citizenship in 2002 when he acquired French nationality.

“I want to live in France. And I want to die in France,” he advised newspaper Aftonbladet in 2012.


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