Max von Sydow Overview:

Legendary actor, Max von Sydow, was born Max Carl Adolf von Sydow on Apr 10, 1929 in Lund, Sweden. von Sydow died at the age of 90 on Mar 8, 2020 in Provence, France .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although von Sydow was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1988Best ActorPelle the Conqueror (1987)Lasse KarlssonNominated
2011Best Supporting ActorExtremely Loud & Incredibly CloseThe RenterNominated
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By minooallen on Apr 10, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend , born April 10th, 1929! Fate has an interesting way of creating legends. One way (although I am in no way advocating this) is to go out while you?re on top — as in ‘live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse’ for us all t... Read full article


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Max von Sydow Quotes:

Antonius Block: I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me.
Death: But He remains silent.
Antonius Block: I call out to Him in the darkness. But it's as if no one was there.
Death: Perhaps there isn't anyone.
Antonius Block: Then life is a preposterous horror. No man can live faced with Death, knowing everything's nothingness.
Death: Most people think neither of death nor nothingness.
Antonius Block: But one day you stand at the edge of life and face darkness.
Death: That day.
Antonius Block: I understand what you mean.


Antonius Block: Have you met the devil? I want to meet him too.
Witch: Why do you want to do that?
Antonius Block: I want to ask him about God. He must know. He, if anyone.


James the Younger: What is your name?
Jesus: Jesus
James the Younger: [excitedly] That's a good name!
Jesus: [smiling] Thank you.


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Max von Sydow Facts
Has lived in Los Angeles, California, USA; Rome, Italy and Paris, Seine, France.

Received French citizenship in 2002 and now holds dual Swedish/French citizenship.

After not appearing in an Ingmar Bergman film since "The Touch" (The Touch (1971)), Von Sydow was reunited with the master, playing his grandfather in "The Best Intentions" (1991). While the film was directed by Bille August, the screenplay was written by Ingmar Bergman. Ironically, despite all the classic work Von Sydow did with Ingmar Bergman such as the Knight in "The Seventh Seal" (The Seventh Seal (1957)), the eponymous "Magician" (The Magician (1958)), and the father in "The Virgin Spring" (The Virgin Spring (1960)), his first Oscar nomination came under the hand of Bille August, for Pelle the Conqueror (1987).

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