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Max von Sydow Overview:

Legendary actor, Max von Sydow, was born Max Carl Adolf von Sydow on Apr 10, 1929 in Lund, Sweden. As of December 2018, Max von Sydow was 89 years old.

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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Classic Music Legend Tribute:

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:

Töre: You see it, God, you see it. The innocent child's death and my revenge. You allowed it. I don't understand you. Yet now I beg your forgiveness. I know no other way to be reconciled with my own hands. I know no other way to live.


Martin: You're hunting for themes. Your own daughter's mental illness. What a great bloody idea!


Andreas Winkelman: I'm dead. No, that's too melodramatic. I'm not dead. But I live without self-respect. I know it sounds silly and pretentious. Most people live without self-esteem. Humiliated at heart, stifled, and spat upon. They're alive and that's all they know. They know of no alternative. Even if they did, they would never reach out for it. Can one be sick with humiliation? Is this a disease we have to live with? We talk so much about freedom. Isn't freedom a poison for the humiliated? Or is it merely a drug the humiliated use in order to endure? I can't live like this. I've given up. I can't stand it anymore. The days drag by. I'm choked by the food I swallow, the shit I get rid of, the words I say. The daylight screams at me every morning to get up. Sleep is only dreams that chase me. The darkness rustles with ghosts and memories. Has is ever occurred to you that the worse off people are, the less they complain? Finally, they're silent even if they're living creatures with nerves, eyes, and hands. Vast armies of victims and hangmen. The sun rises and falls, heavily. The cold approaches. The darkness. The heat. The smell. They're all silent. We can never leave. It's too late. Everything's too late.


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Max von Sydow Facts

Has appeared in two films as a leading villain, in which plots include the use of eye replacement surgery as a means of fooling security eye scanners; as Blofeld in Never Say Never Again (1983) and Lamar Burgess in Minority Report (2002).

One of the few actors to have played both God (in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)) and the Devil (in Needful Things (1993)).

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